Whidbey Island Writers Conference brings best-selling authors to Whidbey

Posted in Literary, Member News

Sept. 9, 2014

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts is delighted to announce its 16th annual Whidbey Island Writers Conference (WIWC) convening on Friday through Sunday, Oct.24–26, in the historic fishing village of Coupeville. Novice and professional writers from all over the world rub elbows at WIWC each year, sharing stories and inspiration as they deepen their knowledge of craft, publishing, and marketing.

What makes WIWC special? One: a focus on small, intimate classes that allow instructors and attendees one-on-one interaction in a casual setting. Two: easy access to the staff and keynote speakers. Three: beautiful locations throughout Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, events in private homes, historic buildings and local businesses.

Best-selling authors invite novice and experienced writers alike to share their passion for the written word in relaxed, in-depth conference sessions. The WIWC package includes agent and editor sessions as well as evening events where attendees can read their material, listen to music and mingle with other writers, staff and best-selling authors.

“Our unique Chat House format is informal, friendly and welcoming,” notes conference director Terry Persun. “There are two instructors for each chat house so attendees get a variety of ideas and perspectives, which makes for lively, illuminating conversation. Everything is geared to help attendees feel comfortable working with professionals who can help them achieve their writing goals.”

WIWC best-selling authors include Daniel James Brown, Aaron Patterson, Robert Dugoni, Nicole J. Persun, Emily Clanton, Chantelle Aimée, Pam Binder, Anita K. Boyle, Gerald Braude, Janet Lee Carey, Kerry Colburn & Jennifer Worick, Kelly Davio, Paul Hanson, Bill Kenower, Deb Lund, Sarah Martinez, Stefon Mears, Jennifer D. Munro, David Ossman, Terry Persun, Laurel Saville, Katherine Sears, Susan Wingate and Sarah Zale.

Full Conference includes:
• Friday Chat House Sessions
• Two Saturday Morning Keynotes
• Saturday Workshops
• Pitch Session with at least one Agent
• Consult with at least one Editor
• Saturday’s Write Night Party and Keynote (featuring keynote speaker Daniel James Brown and music by The Western Heros)
• Sunday’s One Last Thing Panels

Conference Registration Information:
Register at nila.edu/wiwc
Conference Registration—$365.00
Conference Registration for WIWA member—$300.00 ($65 discount)

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24–26, 2014
WHERE: Coupeville, Washington (Whidbey Island)
REGISTER: nila.edu/wiwc

The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts creates and supports an extended community of established and aspiring writers by providing education, communication, encouragement and access to professional literary resources. The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) is a Washington state non-profit corporation 501(c). Donate to NILA at nila.edu.

NILA encompasses The Whidbey Writers Workshop low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference and the Whidbey Island Writers Association, offering workshops and other opportunities to local and regional writers. NILA also produces the Soundings Review literary magazine. www.nila.edu.

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