Friday, January 31, 2014

Big Things Are Happening

This week, I'm taking a break from doling out advice to make a couple announcements.

1. This blog is changing

Beginning in February, you'll notice some changes on the blog. A couple of our writers have decided to move on to other things. We're sorry to see regular bloggers Taffy Lovell and Deren Hansen leave us. I've learned quite a bit from their posts.

In their place, we are welcoming three new bloggers. Neysa Jensen (1st and 3rd Fridays), Tabitha Thompson (2nd and 4th Fridays), and Michelle Garrett (3rd Mondays) are joining us. I'm excited about hearing some new ideas. Pictures of the new authors will be available soon.

To make room for our new Friday bloggers, I am moving from my familiar Friday spot to Wednesdays. Julie Daines, Yamile Mendez, VS Grenier, and Bruce Luck will continue to enlighten us on their regularly scheduled days. Plus, one of our bloggers we haven't heard from in a while, Joseph Ramirez, is returning for the first Monday of every month.

2. 2014 Professional Writers Series at the Pleasant Grove Library

Close to 70 people attended the first event in the 2014 Professional Writers Series. Here is the list of the remaining events so you can mark your calendars:

February 20
Sharlee Glenn
"The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Picture Books"

March 20
Julie Daines
"First Chapter Perfection: Learn the Elements Necessary to Make Your First chapter Shine"

April 17
Carol Lynch Williams & Cheri Earl from WIFYR
"Navigating a Writing Partnership"

May 15
Editor's Panel with Angela Eschler
"Wooing Agents, Wowing Editors, Hooking Readers- All Your Questions Answered

June 19
Angie Lofthouse
"Making Your Dialog Work For You"

July 17
Margot Hovley
"Teach Yourself to Write"

August 21
Middle Grade Panel with Peggy Eddleman
Middle Grade Panel of Awesomeness

September 18
Young Adult Panel with Julie Daines
"Writing for Young Adult Panel"

October 16
Self-Publishing Panel with Elana Johnson
"indie Authors Tell All"

November 20
Closing Social with Heather Moore

All events take place downstairs at the library, in the theater or in the bigger room. There are people on hand who will guide you to the correct location, in case you don't know the library. With so many attendees and so many great speakers, you'll want to arrive early for a good seat.

Thanks to Taffy Lovell for providing this information!


Bruce Luck said...

I'm saddened by the loss of Deren and Taffy's post. I've quite enjoyed them. Looking forward to new bloggers.

The Professional Writing Series sound great. I'll make it to a few of those.

Scott said...

Deren will hang around for a couple more weeks, Bruce. So we have that to look forward to. Taffy might pop in now and then, probably with reminders about the Professional Writing Series.

Yamile said...

I'm really excited for this year! Also, the professional writing series looks awesome!!!