2019 Permian Basin Writers' Workshop
In its fifth year, the 2019 Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop annual event will feature writing coaches and agents from around the country. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to move your writing career forward.
This two day event will be in Midland, Texas on October 12th & 13th, 2019. Your presence is welcomed and appreciated. As with Permian Basin Writers’ Workshops in the past, you will benefit from learning from knowledgeable speakers and networking with other writers.
Do your writing journey a favor, and save the date!
Presenter - Saturday Workshop
Kristen Lamb is an international speaker, writing and social media expert, and the author of the top resource for author branding in the digital age, “Rise of the Machines–Human Authors in a Digital World.” She’s also the author of the #1 best-selling books, “We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media,” and “Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.” She’s an award-winning blogger and was ranked as Writer’s Digest Magazine’s “Top 101 Websites for Writers.” Kristen has trained thousands of writers, coaching them from untrained neophyte to New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors. Her unconventional branding methods, used by emerging authors as well as mega-authors, have sold tens of millions of books.
Presenter - Sunday Workshops
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into over 17 languages. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
Janice Hardy Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, and the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, where she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include The Shifter, (Picked as one of the 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read, 2014) Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure is out now.
Susan Donovan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels and novellas published by St. Martin’s Press, Penguin USA/Berkeley Books, HQN, Amazon, and Hachette. She’s a former newspaper reporter with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. Susan is a writing coach, editor, and the artist-in-residence at the Adobe Cottage Writer’s Retreat in Placitas, New Mexico, a private space for peace, beauty, and word count. Learn more at: www.susandonovan.com www.adobecottageretreat.com email@example.com www.facebook.com/SusanDonovanFanPage
An encourager at heart, author, editor, and writing coach Lori Freeland holds a BA in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and lives in the Dallas area. She’s presented workshops at multiple writing conferences, including North Texas Christian Writers, Orange County Writers, SoCal Writers, Mount Hermon, Romance Writers of America National, and the West Texas Writers’ Academy. An acquisitions editor for Armonia Publishing, former editor for The Christian Pulse, and regular contributor to Crosswalk.com, she writes everything from non-fiction to short stories to novels from YA to adult. You can find her blog and writing tips at lafreeland.com and her young adult fiction at lorifreeland.com. When she’s not curled up with her husband drinking too much coffee and worrying about her kids, she loves to mess with the lives of the imaginary people living in her head.
Julie writes cozy mysteries and young adult fiction. Her debut YA novel, Sharing Hunter, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and her award-winning Daring Charlotte will be coming soon. Under the pen name Jules Lynn, Julie is also co-writing the Muse Island novellas, an adult mythology-based series that begins with Mark of the Gods. Julie has presented workshops at RWA chapters, conferences, and a writing cruise, and taught a YA character course for the online Lawson Academy. She is one of four hosts of the blog Writers in the Storm, consistently named a Writer’s Digest best website for writers. She is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.
Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. The book made the Oprah.com Memoirs We Love list twice and won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize. Holy Ghost Girl also took top honors at the New York Books for a Better Life Awards. Donna’s work had been collected in several anthologies. She has written about religion, family and culture for Shambhala Sun, Huffington Post, The Rumpus.net, the Psychology Today blog, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications. She lives in Austin with her husband, the poet and author Kirk Wilson, and is at work on a second memoir.
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd edition), as well as six other thesaurus guides. Her resources are available in six languages, are sourced by universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative online library packed with tools and resources to help writers elevate their storytelling. A Canadian who loves supporting writers, paying it forward, and being part of the chain in our fantastic writing community, Angela loves connecting, so please say hello on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Becky Martinez is an Emmy award-winning former broadcast journalist who currently writes fiction as well as non-fiction books on writing. Her non-fiction books include the Let’s Write a Story series, which focuses on creating great characters, different ways to plot and how to develop great villains. She also regularly teaches writing classes and presents workshops on writing. She has appeared at the RWA National Conference, the Emerald Cities Writers’ Conference, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Conference and Rom-Con. She writes fiction for the Wild Rose Press, including a romantic suspense series set in New Mexico as Rebecca Grace and her fictional short stories have appeared in several anthologies including The Trouble with Romance, which was a New Mexico Book Award finalist.
Larry D. Sweazy (pronounced: Swayzee) is the author of fourteen mystery and western novels, including See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery, A Thousand Falling Crows, Vengeance at Sundown, and The Rattlesnake Season. He won the WWA (Western Writers of America) Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005 and for Best Paperback Original in 2013, and the 2011 and 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series. He was nominated for a Derringer award in 2007, and was a finalist in the Best Books of Indiana literary competition in 2010, and won in 2011. He also won the inaugural Elmer Kelton Book Award in 2013. Larry has published over eighty nonfiction articles and short stories. He is also a freelance indexer and has written back-of-the-book indexes for over nine and fifty hundred books in twenty-one years, which served as inspiration for the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery series. Larry speaks and teaches at writing workshops across the country. He lives in Indiana with his wife, Rose, two dogs and a cat. More information can be found at www.larrydsweazy.com.
Anne Mateer has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is the author of four historical novels and two historical romance novellas. Her book At Every Turn was a Carol Award finalist. Anne enjoys sharing her knowledge of writing through freelance editing and judging writing contests. She is a member of ACFW, Historical Novel Society and Writers League of Texas. Anne and her husband are currently living their empty nest adventure in Austin, Texas.
Marlene Stringer founded The Stringer Literary Agency LLC in 2008, following almost eight years with Barbara Bova Literary Agency. As a full-service agency based in Naples, Florida, Stringerlit represents a wide range of commercial fiction, from YA through adult, including thrillers, suspense, women’s fiction, romance, fantasy, and grounded science fiction. For details, visit stringerlit dot com. Mother of four and grandmother of two, Marlene lives in Naples with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys beach-walking, birdwatching, and reading non-fiction.
Marlo Berliner is an award-winning young adult author, freelance editor, and bookseller. She joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in March 2018 as an editorial intern after having completed a previous internship with The Bent Agency. Now, she is actively building her list as an associate agent. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, NJ-RWA, and YA-RWA. Prior to her career in the publishing world, Marlo was an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company. She holds B.S. degrees in Economics and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University. WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR: I believe the best stories have both compelling characters and tight, emotionally involving plotlines. If your writing can translate emotion to the page and give me a visceral reaction of humor, fear, joy, sadness, intrigue, or romance, then I will keep turning pages. Middle Grade and Young Adult: I am interested in all genres of MG and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on adventure, psychological thriller, suspense, mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative, and romance. I enjoy magic, magical realism, unusual settings, pirates, dark elements, gothic tone, secrets or secretive characters, treasure hunts, and unreliable narrators. Also, if you can take a story or intellectual property (in TV or books) that is popular with the adult crowd and give me it’s MG or YA version, then I will give it a look because I believe these types of stories may have strong potential for the market. Stories told by #ownvoices, and stories with diverse characters of all
Terrie is CEO of AKA Literary LLC, a Colorado-based agency established in 2010. A full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives), she has sold rights in more than 40 countries. She represents an exciting group of authors who are at all stages of the writing journey and an eclectic list of unforgettable mystery, women’s fiction, inspirational and nonfiction titles. With a background that spans nearly 30 years in publishing, international media, and large-scale events, this Emmy award-winning former broadcast special projects producer is an accomplished speaker and frequent conference attendee. Please visit AKALM.net for more information. Currently in Search of: Crime Fiction of any kind. Extra points for intense mystery, caper, female sleuths and animals who help solve the crime, not necessarily cozy, and everything from Shonda Rhimes (How to Get Away with Murder) to Hallmark Murder & Mysteries Commercial Women’s Fiction Think: Hallmark Channel, well-developed characters, places, and plots. Inspirational (faith over religion) Historical and Southern Fiction Contemporary Fiction I have a soft spot for anything equine, bovine, or canine. Oh, and cowboys. I’m a fourth-generation ranch kid who’s traveled the world. Dare to thrill me! Nonfiction Bring it!
I broke into publishing in 2009, through a high school workshop that placed me with former young adult editor Brian Farrey at Flux (now North Star), a small imprint in Minnesota, where I pulled, from the slush pile, the lovely Out of the Blue by Holly Schindler, which received a starred review in Booklist. I then moved on to intern with Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency. What I Want to Represent I am looking to build out a list of talented novelists and writers in these genres: young adult fantasy & sci-fi literary fiction commercial fiction women’s fiction romance crime, mystery & thrillers memoir non-fiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.) If you’re not sure whether you fit the categories, submit a query. I will not consider middle grade, children’s or picture books. What I Read I love beautiful writers, worlds, characters; I love smart, quirky and genre-bending stories. Some of my favorite novelists and writers include Edith Pattou, John Green, A.S. King, Laini Taylor, Alison Croggon, Jandy Nelson, Markus Zusak, Anthony Doerr, Flannery O’Connor, Haruki Murakami, Mark Haddon, Khaled Hosseini, Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Graemie Simsion, Rainbow Rowell, Gillian Flynn, J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, John Grisham, Sue Johnson, and Brené Brown, among many others. I am very much a reader that likes to be challenged. I am also someone who loves projects (books and films alike) such as the Oceans trilogy, the Bourne series, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series,
Workshop Begins in
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
- Early Bird Registration for General Admission
- Offer expires
March 31, 2019
- Student ID required at arrival
- Refunds will not be offered
on or after Sept. 1st
EVENT DAY REGISTRATION
- Price effective March 19, 2018
- Refunds will not be offered
on or after Sept. 1st
- For the 2nd opportunity to pitch to an agent or editor.