SPRING CONFERENCE-2015LaVista Conference Center

Beginning Friday night from 7 to 9:30, we all enjoyed the work our members shared with their readings and meeting new and old friends.

Saturdays events included Deidre Knight with an overview of a literary agency, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, teaching a successful carving of a career, Less Jessup, focusing practical information to move writing careers forward and, VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO NWG MEMBER, SABRINA SUMSION, for stepping up to present and awing the group with her presentation when the scheduled speaker was forced to cancel. Deidre Knight took pitches from members. Good luck to those members who got requests for more information. Though Michael Carr, of Veritas Literary, couldn’t attend, those who signed to pitch to him will complete those pitches electronically. Members who stopped to give their most used email addresses will receive notice through that address. Members who signed up and didn’t leave their most current email will receive notice through the email address NWG has on file. Please watch your email for notification about those pitches.

Victorine announced vacating board positions during the Business Meeting. Anyone interested in fulfilling the officer spots of President, Vice-President or Historian, please contact the NWG board. NWG also needs a few committee chairs. A big thank you goes to Nanette Day for serving as the Media Chair. Thank you to Margie Lukas for stepping up for our Co-Chair of Publications. Annette Snyder currently assists. If you have interest in Co-Chairing Publications, Annette Snyder, or any board member, can help with that.

The Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Conference successfully ended with great information and record numbers. Attendees attained knowledge from some of the best in the writing industry. The Board members wish to thank our speakers and all who attended. Thank you to Charles Lieske and Joyce Sasse for making sure things went in the proper directions. These events are successful because of those who donate their time and talent. The staff at LaVista Conference Center also deserves recognition for accommodating the needs of our record breaking group.

Looking ahead, Fall Conference will be held in York this year. Information on dates and venue is forthcoming.
Make plans to attend the next board meeting. We’ll post the date and location once its finalized.

Spring Conference 2015-Registration $85.00 online using links here or payable at the door.
April 10th and 11th, Embassy Suites, La Vista Conference Center

Friday, April 10th – Friday Evening Get Together, Open to the Public
6:00 pm – Register and Meet and Mingle – Free hors d’oeuvres and beverages
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Readings from NWG Members. 5-7 minutes each–a taste of what members are writing Order by hat draw-participation.

Saturday, April 11th – Speakers, Luncheon, Business Meeting, Door Prizes
8:00 am – Registration-
8:30 am – Welcome and Announcements
8:45 am – Michael Carr, Literary Agent, Veritas Literary
How to Hook an Agent – From the Query Letter to the Opening Pages. Michael demonstrates techniques for grabbing an agent’s attention, moving your manuscript off of “slush pile,” and positioning yourself to win the representation you deserve.
10:00 am – Break

10:30 am – Deidre Knight, Founder, The Knight Agency
Inside the Knight Agency. Deidre takes you on an overview of a literary agency that has gained worldwide recognition for the success of its authors. Learn from the founder herself how her agency works, what it looks for self-publishing, and the current state of the market as a whole. Take part in a free-wheeling, Q & A session to answer all of your questions.
11:45 am – Break for Lunch (not provided, It will either be on your own, or go to the restaurant. TBD.)
1:15 pm – NWG Business Meeting
2:00 pm – Break
2:30 pm – Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Screenwriter, Editor at Scriptmag.com
The Way of the Writer. Writers can be their own worst enemies when it comes to carving out a successful strategy. Jeanne shows you how to manage your fears, develop techniques for finishing projects, and build your network, no matter where you live.
3:45 pm – Break

4:00 pm – Lee Jessup
, Career Coach, Career Coaching for Emerging Screenwriters
Tools, Steps, and Strategies for Screenwriting Success. Lee speaks on gaining real-world, practical information to help move your career forward and create a real strategy. You’ll learn what it takes to sell your first script and build a career.
5:15 pm – Evaluations, Door Prize Drawings, Closing
Saturday Evening Gathering – 5:30 pm

Omaha photographers Marc Longbrake and Elizabeth Zellner will set up their photo booth in the large conference area at 5:00 p.m. They’ll be available to anyone interested in having individual portraits or group pictures taken, free of charge. Marc will post all photos in a proof gallery on his website after the conference. You can get a professionally retouched photo with digital rights to use on Facebook, Linked-In, or as a professional headshot for only $50 per finished image.
Speaker Bios

Author of “Getting it Write: An Insider’s Guide to Screenwriting Success,” Lee Zahavi Jessup is a veteran of film production and development. She coaches screenwriters as they prepare for, navigate, and emerge into the film, television, and new media space. Lee’s clients include WGA members, major award nominees, writers who have sold screenplays and pitches to studios, and emerging screenwriters. For more information, visit Lee’s website, http://leejessup.com/

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers, is the Editor and Online Community Manager for ScriptMag.com, where she writes a regular column, “Balls of Steel.” There she chronicles her fearless journey as a screenwriter and shares stories of other writers in the trenches. As a “Screenwriter Therapist,” Jeanne consults with writers on how to strengthen their online and offline networks and identify fears that block them from writing success and personal peace. Visit her blog for her full crazy stream of insecurity: http://jeannevb.com/

Deidre Knight established The Knight Agency in 1996 after working in the entertainment industry. Her bestselling client list includes nearly 800 titles in romance, women’s fiction, commercial fiction, inspirational, memoir and nonfiction narrative, personal finance, business, popular culture, self-help, religion, health, and parenting. Deidre’s clients have won countless awards and appeared on every major bestseller list, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. She’s a knitter, an amateur photographer, and an author who loves to spend time with her family. For more, visit http://knightagency.net/

Michael Carr represents Veritas Literary, a full-service literary agency. It specializes in select literary and contemporary fiction and nonfiction and has active contacts in film, media and foreign markets. He will take pitches in the following genres: historical, sf/f, mystery/suspense, women’s fiction, and non-fiction in the areas of history, biography, and popular science.


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