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spring conf 2014 002Those of you fortunate enough to be present at Mahoney State Park for our 2014 Spring Conference, got a big bang for your buck. NWG offered four awesome speakers.

Kelly O’Conner shared her expertise on house publishing changes and the rest of the day, she took private pitches for those who signed up.

C. Hope Clark offered an informative class on ways to find funds as writers/screenwriters and ways to increase your writing income and professional avenues.

Harley Jane Kozak met with us after lunch with a comical look into life on her way to her acting and writing career.

Last, Pilar Alessandra shared valuable rewrite tips and techniques for screenplays and novels.

NWG, with the help of our presenters and Marc Longbrake of Omaha Film Festival, offered some terrific door prizes and the networking between and after presentations was very useful.

During the business meeting, we discussed the need for a new Publications Chair. A big thank you to Greg Hall, for doing the NWG publications, but Greg is finding it increasingly difficult to continue as Chair with his schedule. If you are interested in helping the guild with the four Broadsides and one Bulletin per year, or if you know someone who’d be just the fit, please let any member of the NWG board know.

Also coming open in 2015 are the President and Vice-President Board of Directors positions. If you are interested in filling either of these soon-to-be-vacant positions, ask any board member for more information. Our members are our lifeline to a successful Nebraska Writers Guild and your experience may just be the right fit to help out.

A quick thank you goes out to our board members. Putting on a conference of record size is a big job and it couldn’t be done without cooperation between the officers and others who volunteered their time—like Joyce Sasse, who rodeo-ed the pitches until late evening, and Gina Barlean, who made sure all members felt welcome at the door. Thanks also to the staff at Mahoney State Park who worked to accommodate.

As a reminder, please keep NWG informed of changes to your address, email and contact information. With our publications moving to a choice between electronic and standard mail, we want to be sure you are receiving those documents in the format of your choice.

Full report of the minutes from the business meeting will be available in the next Broadside.

The next quarterly Board Meeting, Monday, April 21st, 2014 at Braeda Bread on 33rd and Pioneers, Lincoln, Nebraska at 6:30 pm. Please attend to get the latest on your NWG.

Friday, April 11th –Friday evening get together open to the public.
6:00 pm – Register and Meet and Mingle – There will be free hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Readings from NWG Members–Limited readings selected by draw from hat–members are invited to sign up to read, because of volume, its become necessary to draw names to fit the allotted time slot.

Saturday, April 12th
8:00 am – Registration

8:30am – Welcome and Announcements

8:45 am – Kelly O’Connor, Harper Voyager Editor, Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror imprint

10:00 am – Break

10:30 am – C. Hope Clark, Award-winning mystery and non-fiction author, nationally known speaker, freelance writer, purveyor of Funds for Writers (FFW) – Grants, Contests, Freelancing, Crowd funding, and Hybrid Publishing

11:45 am – Break for Lunch

1:15 pm – NWG Business Meeting

2:00 pm – Break

2:30 pm – Harley Jane Kozak, Award-winning mystery author, actress, and Nebraska native – An Insider’s Guide to Novels, TV, and Film

3:45 pm – Break

4:00 pm – Pilar Alessandra, Director of the popular writing program, “On the Page,” teacher, lecturer, and screenwriting consultant – Rewrite Techniques: Tips, tricks and techniques to help you instantly rewrite your screenplay or TV script…without losing your mind.

5:15 pm – Evaluations, Door Prize Drawings, Closing

Saturday Evening Gathering – 7pm

Visit our website http://nebraskawriters.org for more information and to register online.
While you’re there, check out our easy membership renewal/new member sign up and all the benefits being a member of NWG brings you!

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