Wow, ALL-CAP title with two exclamation points. I must be excited. [I AM!]
WriteOnCon is a brand new conference for children’s writers, taking place August 10-12, 2010.
Twist: It’s all online!
WriteOnCon has every mark of a great writer’s conference, including:
- Keynote addresses
- Agent panels
- Lectures (“attend” the above using blogs, vlogs, chats, webinars, podcasts, and livestreaming)
- A critique forum (For feedback from peers and industry pros on query letters and first pages)
- Many chances to hang with other writers and LEARN a TON
Yes, Margo, but how is WriteOnCon different from other conferences?
- All-online (Go ahead, hang out in your PJs, or skivvies. That’s the beauty part: it’s your choice!)
- Taking place outside of working hours
- Full of daily giveways: everything from books to personalized critiques from agents
Who’s behind all this fabulosity, Margo?
Unofficially (and now officially) they are the Spectacular Six: writers Jamie Harrington, Elana Johnson, Casey McCormick, Shannon Messenger, Lisa and Laura Roecker, and Jen Stayrook. Somehow the Spectacular Six are actually seven people. Hey, they can make whatever rules they’d like.
They’re Just. That. Spectacular! (Jamie, that sentence is for you.)
Industry professionals agree: Feast your eyes on WriteOnCon’s list of presenters – including Catherine Drayton, Stephen Malk, Michelle Andelman, Suzie Townsend, PJ Hoover, Mark McVeigh, Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Kathleen Ortiz, Lindsay Eland, Dan Ehrenhaft, Mandy Hubbard, Lindsey Leavitt, Josh Berk, Anica Rissi, Jodi Meadows, Daisy Whitney – and more as they come.
But, Margo, why would they do such a thing?
I’ll let Jamie Harrington answer that one. She’s a writer herself, after all:
We really do just want to pay forward all the help and good fortune we’ve all received. Without the internet, and the amazing community, none of us would be where we are today–so that’s why we want to make writeoncon a huge success.
(See Jamie’s original post.)