Whether you’ve been published for years or want to expand beyond Twitter, the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild’s annual conference offers tips and tactics to help you improve your writing.
The conference, The Write Direction: Taking the Next Step, meets 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 10 at the Unity Center, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia.
Award-winning writers will share their special skills and small publishers will tell how and why they select manuscripts. The sessions include
* Novelist Bridget Bufford on creating characters through archetypes,
* Nonfiction children’s author Matthew Murrie on finding your perfect pitch,
* Missouri poet laureate William Trowbridge on humor in serious poetry,
* Short story writer Donna Volkenannt on structuring stories for passion and profit.
Editors from Mozark Press, AKA-Publishing, and High Hill Press will explain their operations and, in a separate session, evaluate the first page of manuscripts submitted anonymously by conference participants.
To read the schedule and session descriptions and to register, visit the Conference page at http://www. ccmwg.org. Warning: Registration fees (members, $40; nonmembers, $45; students, $25) go up November 6.
Full disclosure: I helped organize the conference and will moderate the publishers’ sessions.