Andre Dubus III Keynote (PNWA 2015 session round-up)

The Thursday keynote at the 2015 PNWA conference was from Andre Dubus III. Although he was one of the few repeat speakers in the 60-year(!) history of the conference, it so happens that the only other time I attended the conference, in 2010, was his previous appearance. Fortunately he’s an engaging speaker, so I didn’t …

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Making Connections (PNWA 2015 session round-up)

Robert Dugoni, a best-selling author who got his start at PNWA, continues to support the PNWA and its writers. On Thursday afternoon he gave the pre-dinner session. In it, he talked about his personal journey from a family of “compulsive overachievers” through law to being an author. People told him that it took a lot …

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PNWA session round-up: the Power Pitch blocks

PNWA switched to the “power pitch” format a few years ago, where you sign up for one or two 90-minute blocks and then can pitch to as many agents as you can get in line for in 4-minute segments. My fellow author Mark, whom I met at the conference, has a post that goes into …

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Turn Your Dream Into Reality (PNWA 2015 session round-up)

(Second in a series of posts with the highlights of what I learned from the 2015 PNWA conference.) I expected this session, with Bill Kenower and Ingrid Ricks, to be a step-by-step plan or something prosaic like that. Instead, it was part inspirational memoir, part motivational speech… but not necessarily less practical for all that. …

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Writing Active Setting (PNWA 2015 session round-up)

(I’ll be doing a series of posts with the highlights of what I learned from various sessions at the 2015 PNWA Conference. This is the first!) The very first session I attended was “Writing Active Setting,” presented by Mary Buckham. She said many writers have one of two issues with setting in their story: They …

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PNWA 2015 Conference

I had a blast at the PNWA 2015 Conference! I’ll be posting some writing tips from the conference in the next few weeks. Thanks to all of you who hung out with me — it was fantastic to meet you!

Welcome to the website!

Today is not quite the day I really got serious about writing, but it’s a the day I finally got my website working. I’m just old-school enough to want a website. Also, I put the website address on my business cards. 🙂 Happy Independence Day, indeed!