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Things you learn at a writers’ conference

Yesterday I attended a writers’ conference hosted by Bayou Writers’ Group. The four speakers that presented were amazing. Not only in their presentations, but in their attitudes and personalities. It was a joy to see them interact with so many writers – from aspiring to published. Their presentations satisfied every writer that attended. It was my pleasure to attend this conference and learn from these women.

What I learned at BWG Writers’ Conference:

Johnnie Bernard – Developmental and Content Editing

You think you know all about editing? Let me tell you, Johnnie is a mastermind when it comes to this topic. What stuck out in my mind the most was her analogy of using the sitcom some of us remember (showing my age again). What do you think of when you remember Leave it to Beaver? More so, how does it apply to writing?

  • Landmarks – Just like the memorable landmarks of Mayfield, your story needs to have landmarks readers can identify with.
  • Strong Supporting Cast – Incorporate an Eddie Haskell into your story. Not only will he/she bring lots of laughter, but will resonate authenticity with your readers.
  • Teachable Moments – Beaver always had a life lesson intertwined in those thirty minutes. Make sure your story brings a lesson your readers can learn from.

Elizabeth Ludwig – Researching Historical Facts for Fiction

Elizabeth presented on the importance of historical facts. Your genre readers are looking for a great story, but keep in mind that some of them are also interested in history. What this means for an author is that you must research facts and portray them correctly in your story.

  • Locate Social Etiquette books for the time period you write.
  • It is okay for your character not to know all the social rules, but there must be repurcussions. This lets the reader know that the author knows the social rules.
  • Cliches are okay to use if they are appropriate for the time period of your story.
  • Colleges and universities are great resources for checking historical facts.
  • If at all possible, visit the location of the setting of your book.

S.M. Schmitz – Becoming Visible in an Invisible Marketing World

Every author wants their work to be seen by readers. S.M. has the knowledge and experience to show authors how to accomplish this feat. She walked us through Launching a New Book and Online Platforms. There was something for writers in every step of their journey.

  • Before launching a book, you need to understand Amazon Ranking. (see S.M.’s website for more info.)
  • Authors need an online presence through websites, newsletters, and social media.
  • Plan – Plan – Plan – Make a plan for each day of the month to learn something about marketing your book. (listen to podcasts or read books; research ads)
  • Send newsletters consistently, and keep the content fresh, brief, and relevant to your books.

Juliette Cross – Building a Realistic Fantasy World in Your Fiction Novel

Juliette touched on what is needed to bring your reader a believable and memorable story world. Not only did she present, but she worked with the writers through various writing prompts that pertained to her topics. The readings from the participants at the writers’ conference were amazing!

  • Sensual – The story must appeal to the five senses; evoke mood/emotion; and show a unique perspective of nature and surroundings.
  • Realistic Fiction / Fantasy Element – Have the story grounded in the familiar; embed realism in mythology, history, and storytelling.
  • Emotional Characterization – Engaging dialogue should reflect characters’ personalities; internal monologue adds depth and humor to your story; know the way your character walks, talks, eats, etc.
  • Take a journal with you into nature. Sit and feel your surroundings. Write through your emotions and senses.

Following the writers’ conference, these speakers joined twenty other authors for an author signing (Pelican Tales). It was a fabulous day full of learning, meeting new people, and mingling with authors and readers. Check out each of these authors / speakers. They offer a lot more than what they had time to present at the conference.

Till next time,

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

Pelican Tales

Writers’ Conference – Taylor Anne, Juliette Cross, Elizabeth Ludwig, S.M. Schmitz, Johnnie Bernhard

Pelican Tales – Author Signing

Pelican Tales 2017

Author & Reader Event

Sponsored by Bayou Writers’ Group of Lake Charles

An author signing / reader event where readers meet and mingle with their favorite (and new) authors. Want to spend an afternoon in scenic Bayou Country at a multi-genre author / reader event? Mingle and make some new contacts. Help us grow – spread the word to other readers that you will attend. Bring a friend, or two!

Where:                 Central School, 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA

When:                   October 14, 2017 3pm – 6pm

Reader Tickets:   Only $5.00 admission at the door for readers. Readers Facebook group to see which authors will appear.

Hope to see you there!!

Pelican Tales – Louisiana Author / Reader Event

Louisiana – a place you can’t just read about, you must experience to grasp its mysteries. One must see the moss hanging from the trees like a heroine’s hair flowing in the wind. Smell the bayou as Jean Lafitte plotted each bend to find the right location to bury his secret booty. Traipse through the historical and cultural events that formed this area. Explore the wildlife habitats and estuaries of Creole Nature Trail. Gasp in awe (or terror) when you come face-to-face with a territorial alligator. Savor the spicy authentic Cajun cooking that we thrive on (gumbo, etouffee, and crawfish to name a few) Imagine the characters of your next books flourishing in this awesome setting. My, the adventures in store for them!

October 14, 2017, Lake Charles, LA is having a multi-genre author signing, author / reader event, author meet and greet, … Whatever you call it, that’s what we are bringing to you. We are excited to put together this first event, and continue it through the years. Not only will it bring authors and readers together, but anyone from out of our area will get the opportunity to experience Bayou Country first hand, for themselves and their future characters!

We have several author spots left, so get in on the ground floor this year. Next year you will have first choice at participating in a bigger and better event. (Yes, this first year is a learning experience, but we will still bring you the best!)  Information, pricing, and sign up is on the Bayou Writers’ Group Pelican Tales page.  You can also email debbiesonnier@hotmail for more information. Click on this website’s page: Pelican Tales – Author / Reader Event for info and links. Once you are signed up and paid, you will be added to the Facebook author group and the Facebook reader and author group. Also for the authors – you may want to join Bayou Writers’ Group conference the morning of the signing.

We all love to read and write – so why not take the opportunity to do that in wonderful Southwest Louisiana?! Hope to see you there!

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

CLICK HERE: http://bayouwritersgroup.com/pelican-tales/