Authors to Share Knowledge on Writing, Querying, and Publishing at JoCo Writers Conference

Johnston County Writers Conference 2019 flyer. Source: Cindy Brookshire
Johnston County Writers Conference 2019 flyer. Source: Cindy Brookshire

Doors will Be Opened for the Public for Afternoon Humor-in-Writing Speaker

The upcoming Johnston County Writers Conference, Unbox Your Creativity, is designed to provide authors with real-world advice from published authors. Learn from Stephanie Allen and Diane Wolfe during morning sessions, and stay for a free presentation by Celia Rivenbark at 1pm.

Registration for the Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:30am-3pm, Writers Conference includes morning presented geared toward writers seeking guidance in preparing their work, publishing their work, or finding a publisher or agent.

Author Dr. Stephanie Allen will present:

Session 1: “The Road to Publication: Professionalism, Publishing, and How to Present your Best Writing Self,” with take-home handouts:

  • “How to Format Your MS”
  • “Publishing and Writing Goals”

Author Diane Wolfe will present:

Session 2: “How to Pitch Perfect: Query Letters, Pitches and Critique Partners,”  with take-home handouts:

  • “A Guide to Submitting to Publishers and Agents”
  • “Queries and Submissions Links”

Attend the conference and learn from these experienced, published writers, and network with local writers in attendance. There will be door prizes, and each attendee will receive a bag with information on upcoming opportunities for writers in NC.

After lunch, best-selling author Celia Rivenbark will present:

  • “Laughing All the Way… Finding the Funny in Your Fiction”

Celia Rivenbark is the author of seven books, her op/ed humor is carried by the News & Observer, and she’s written five stage-plays for local theater.  She is co-writer for the upcoming “Hurricane Seasoned: A Cat. 5 Comedy of North vs. the South” dinner theatre show in Wilmington, NC (May 24-June 24, 2019 at TheatreNOW).

This final presentation is scheduled for 1-2pm including Q&A time, after which Rivenbark will sign books.  This part of the conference will be free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should arrive early, as seating is limited.

The fee to attend the conference, organized by the Johnston County Writers Group, is $20 per person. Registrations includes the morning presentations and a box lunch from Hula Girl Cafe. Morning attendees are ensured seats for the afternoon presentation.

For a Writers Conference registration form, contact Cindy Brookshire at 919.202.5990 or via email. Conference seats are filling fast, and prompt registration is suggested. Registration is limited to 35 registrants. Registration deadline is March 31, 2019 for the morning sessions.

The conference location is the Selma Woman’s Club, 203 W Oak Street, Selma, North Carolina.

Conference information may be found at

The Johnston County Writers Conference is supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Ed. Note: Our article with speaker biographies may be found here.

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