Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lifestyle: Houston Writers Guild Writing Conference April 2016

The Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference for writers will take place on the weekend of April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016 at the Marriott Houston Westchase Hotel on 2900 Briarpark Drive in Houston, TX.

The information below can be found on the website as well as links for registration.

We are proud to announce the date and location of the 2016 Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference. This year the Guild hopes to bring the types of information, workshops, and discussions you are looking for to forward your writing careers. The conference will feature Pre-Workshop Guest Speaker Jay Asher, Main Event Key Note Speaker Jamie Ford and Post-Workshop Pamela Fagan Hutchins. The Main Event on April 30 will begin with a Key Note Speaker followed by twelve one hour Break-out Sessions. In addition there will be an opportunity for writers to pitch in 10-minute sessions with agents and editors.

Special Guest Speaker JAMIE FORD – New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—Jamie Ford has written two best selling books. Ford is best known for his New York Times bestselling debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The book received positive reviews after its release, and was also awarded best “Adult Fiction” book at the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The book was also named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association.

Special Guest Speaker JAY ASHER – Jay Asher’s debut YA novel, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, has spent over 3.5 years on the New York Times bestsellers list and is currently in production to be a 13-part series on Netflix. His second YA novel, THE FUTURE OF US, was co-authored with Carolyn Mackler. His novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and his third novel will be released in the fall of 2016.


Saturday April 30, 2016

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AMY BOGGS is an agent and professional sci-fi/fantasy geek at the Donald Maas Literary Agency in New York City. She has been with the agency since 2009, having previously worked at a psychiatry magazine, a college library and a children’s bookstore. She represents all things weird and wonderful in science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, whether it’s adult, YA or middle-grade. She seeks and supports authors who are marginalized, and wants work that reflects our world’s wide range of humanity in any and all respects, such as (but not limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality.

MICHELLE RICHTER is an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary, which she joined after eight years at St. Martin’s Press. While there she edited Melissa Joan Hart’s memoir, Melissa Explains It All, among others, and worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction. She has a Master’s of Science in Publishing from Pace University, where she is an adjunct faculty member.Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, especially commercial women’s, literary, magical realism, suspense, thrillers, and mysteries (particularly amateur sleuth, traditional, and police procedurals). She’s very eager to find book club reads, and women’s fiction that represents cultures who haven’t been heard from enough (like South Asian and Native American), stories of friendship, siblings, and family secrets. She loves unreliable narrators. In nonfiction, she’s seeking pop culture, fashion, film, television, science, medicine, sociology/social trends, and economics. Stories set in Boston, Ireland, Russia, and India hold particular interest for her.

PETER KNAPP is an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, where he represents fiction for all ages. Previously, he was an agent at The Park Literary Group. He began his career as a story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, consulting on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based movie and TV entities. His clients include Melanie Conklin (COUNTING THYME, Putnam/Penguin), Soman Chainani (author of the New York Times bestselling THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series), Lucy Keating (DREAMOLOGY, HarperTeen), Brenda Drake (THIEF OF LIES, Entangled Teen), Anna Michels (26 KISSES, Simon Pulse) and Will Walton (ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, Scholastic). He graduated from NYU summa cum laude and lives in Brooklyn.
Mr. Knapp is looking for adult projects (character and voice driven across most fiction genres, particularly thrillers, suspense and light science fiction).  He will also take pitches across YA and MG.

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Kimberly Morris

Kimberly Morris is the author of more than 50 books for children and young adults, many of them for popular series including Disney Fairies Mary-Kate & Ashley, AnimorphsSweet ValleyFreshman DormGeneration Girl, and Real Kids Readers. She has also written read-aloud stories for the MuppetsMuppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock, and television scripts for the animated classic, ThunderCats. Among her publishers and producers are Bantam, HarperCollins, Dorling Kindersley, MacMillan U.K., Millbrook Press, Golden Books, Scholastic, Jim Henson Associates, Lorimar-Telepictures, and Rankin/Bass Productions.
Check their website for more information and to register. You don't have to be a member to attend. This is a great opportunity for writers and those who want to further their writing skills.


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