By Ginger Collins, Alleghany Writers
The Alleghany Writers, a nonprofit organization in Alleghany County, North Carolina, has announced its Working Writers Business Conference, which will be held April 11-13, 2019, in Sparta NC.
This inaugural conference will go beyond “writing the story.” It will take writers to that next step…the step to publication and success.
The conference schedule includes a Thursday evening welcome session and two full days of speakers — focused on the marketing and business side of the publishing industry, with breakfast/lunch (provided) networking opportunities for attendees and speakers.
Conference lead speaker is SE Smith, who has written for USA Today and New York Times, and is author of an international bestseller. Susan is a widely published author of sci-fi, paranormal, and romance, and books for teens and children. Her books are in print, as e-books, on Kindle, and through Audible. She recently introduced titles in French, Spanish, and German to the European market. She is a savvy entrepreneur, and a successful business woman. Information on the author and her books may be found on Amazon, among other sites.
SE Smith will be joined by specialists in book marketing, social media, website development, and more. Presentations will offer an understanding of the current publishing industry, and a road map for success in today’s competitive marketplace.
The full schedule of presenters will be released in early 2019. Registration will be opened to writers from across the state. Seating will be capped to ensure a good presenter-to-attendee ratio, with the registration fee all-inclusive (materials, meals, etc.).
Alleghany Writers is a vibrant and growing organization that offers workshops and events led by high-caliber writers and instructors. Founded in 2017, the group offers workshops covering fiction, poetry, memoirs, and writing for specific markets. Writer workshops have been held in Alleghany County, Raleigh, and elsewhere. Monthly “Words & Music Weekends” in Sparta engage area writers, provide support, and include live readings and feedback.
In addition, Alleghany Writers’ nonprofit work takes them into county schools. Their outreach, “Writing Across the Curriculum,” is helping to bring creative writing into the classroom, encouraging children and teens.