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One of the best books on writing I've ever come across is Writing the Breakout Novel.
I've recommended it on this blog and elsewhere on many occasions, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that the man who wrote it, author and agent, Donald Maass, will be running an 8-hour teaching session based on his most excellent book (in addition to other presentations), as part of the pre-conference workshop at this year's Write Stuff (March 24-26, Allentown, PA), organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writer's Group.

Registration doesn't open for another week or so, but if you'd like to get a taste of what else the good folks at GLVWG, have in store for the lucky attendees, click here to peruse this year's 'Honored Guests' page. They also have a blog, on which you can read interviews with some of the guests and announcements about the event.

I'll be there for sure. If it's anything like as good as last year's Jim Frey workshop (click here to read my post on what I learned from that one), I'll be more than satisfied.

How about you?

What conferences do you plan to attend this year?
  



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temporus
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to LunaCon again. Hoping my nephew(s) can join me this time, as they couldn't get off work for Philcon. I might get to do Readercon, but that's a big maybe at best. And I'm on the fence about Philcon.

Probably all going to come down to $$ this year. It's a tight year.
jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Ed :)

I'll probably go to PhilCon again, though I confess I see it as more of a social-networking type of event than the Write Stuff, which is loads of fun, but a lot of work.
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jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
In that case, I hope to see you again at Philcon :)
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jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I really must try to get along to an LSFW meeting this year.
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cyn2write
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not going this year. In fact I don't think I am going to any conferences this year. I really enjoyed them but when I am not presenting I always get the "Why are YOU here?" question. Hello!? The profession of writer is one where we're always learning, no matter how many books we've published. That being said, I do wish there was a conference just for people who are published because most conferences try to accommodate the lowest common denominator and therefore end up weeding out classes about promotion and career maintenance.
jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Very true. They're also a lot of fun :)
beth_bernobich
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm going to Boskone and Readercon, as usual. Beyond that, I have no idea. This is the year where I want to write two novels, help our son get ready for college, and find a job. Not to mention petting the cats, which seems to take up most of my time.

But... One of these days, soon, I want to sign up for an in-depth, pro-level novel workshop.
jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Petting cats is very important. I'm sure they appreciate it :)
authorwithin
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I'll make it to any conferences this year. The only one I made it to in 2010 was WriteOnCon. Of course, I'll attend that one again, but that may be it. It ends up coming down to the $$ for me . . . and I usually end up falling short of the $$ needed. ;-)

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jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Pesky dollars :(
bogwitch64
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm conned out! Next year, I'm only doing WFC in San Diego.
jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Next year?
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dendrophilous
Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Probably GenCon in Indianapolis, which I've heard has a good writing track. It's primarily a gaming con, though, which I'm not really into.

I've already bought a membership to World Fantasy 2012 in Toronto.
jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
That should give you something good to look forward to :)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an interesting conference!
jongibbs
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
This'll be my fourth year there. They just keep on getting better and better :)
msstacy13
Jan. 2nd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
The breakaout novel?

I'm thinking Count of Monte Cristo,
or Les Miserables.
jongibbs
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Or maybe Escape From Alcatraz :)
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jakobdrud
Jan. 2nd, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
If I can find the time for it: Eurocon in Stockholm (Sweden) in June. Close to home and some good names -- and probably a lot of interesting visitors as well :-)
jongibbs
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good one :)
careann.wordpress.com
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Don and his wife, Lisa Rector, are regulars at the Surrey Intn'l Writers' Conference that I frequently attend. They missed last October's conference for the first time in years because they were travelling to Ethiopia to collect their new adopted son. Don is a wonderful speaker and instructor. Like you, I've made good use of his Breakout Novel books and am currently reading his newest book, The Fire in Fiction. If I can find the $$ I hope to attend the Surrey Conference again this year.
jongibbs
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
He's doing something on 'Fire in Fiction' too, and Lisa's doing a pre-con workshop on tye Friday afternoon. I'm really looking forward to it :)
tracy_d74
Jan. 3rd, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
Although I would love to go to one, I won't be able to this year. Money is tight and the new job won't allow vacation for most of the year. I hope my friends will post about what they learn. (Hint. Hint. ;))
jongibbs
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I'll do a 13 things post about it :)
karen_w_newton
Jan. 3rd, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
I don't have any conferences scheduled yet, although I hope to go to some conventions (Balitcon, maybe Capclave, and if I'm lucky, World fantasy). However, I have been to Don Maass' workshop when he was at Pikes Peak Writers' Conference and it was very good.

jongibbs
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I heard him speak at the Book expo in New York, back in '07. He was very good.
stonetable
Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
I have a copy of that book sitting on my shelf but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I'm still firmly in the short-story stage of my career, though.

I'm workshopped out for a while -- it'll take a while to recover from Clarion. I am planning to attend the Rainforest Writers retreat, though.
jongibbs
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
I hear Clarion takes a lot out of you, but in a good way :)
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