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October 27-28, 2007

2007 JWKC Professional Lecture Series


Diastole House

2501 Holmes Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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SATURDAY WORKSHOPS - October 27, 2007
8:30am - 5:00pm

Choose only one "track" for Saturday.  Please note that 1 track focuses on adult literature, 2 tracks focus on children's literature.  
Pick only ONE track as it will be taught for a full day.


Before You Send it Out
    (Appropriate for all levels of writers - Adult Literature only.)

     Topics include:
     a. I Want to Write--What Do I Do Now? - Getting Started.
     b. What Makes a Knockout Proposal – An Editor’s Advice.

Marcela Landres, Editorial Consultant will lead a group workshop on “I Want To Write: Now What Do I Do?” and “What Makes a Knockout Proposal - and Editor’s Advice.” Authors should be familiar with recent trends in the adult book market.  Authors should also submit the first ten pages of their novels in advance of the workshop.

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Everyone Was A Beginner Once.
    (Appropriate for all levels of experience. Children's literature only.)

   Topics include:
    a. Don't Do That-- Do This! 10 Things You Need to Know
    b. From Phone Call to Print: The Publishing Process

Harold Underdown - Editorial Consultant and author of the acclaimed THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING will discuss “You Really Don’t Want to Do That: 10 Things You Need To Know” and “From Phone Call To Print: The Publishing Process.”  Harold will open with a look at common mistakes and how to avoid them. A group manuscript critique session before lunch will lead into new writing or ideas and feedback on them after lunch.

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The Latino Explosion!
(Pleease study and be familiar with the market prior to the workshop.)

Adriana Dominguez, Executive Editor with Rayo/HarperCollins will lead a group workshop on the Latino/Spanish market (children's literature only).  Authors should submit a manuscript sample in advance of the workshop. Authors should be familiar with HarperCollin’s imprint: Rayo, the Pura Belpre Awards and the Americas awards. 

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Critique Nook - One-on-one manuscript review sessions.
(DO NOT CHOOSE if you are enrolling in a Saturday Workshop.)

For those who just need a critique and ARE NOT attending the workshop, limited slots are available for a 30-45 minute session with Eileen Robinson, CEO of F1rst Pages.  Manuscript samples must be submitted in advance.  No registrations will be taken at the door

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SUNDAY WORKSHOP - October 28, 2007
8:30am - 1:30pm

Open to all genres and levels of experience.


The Unrejected: A Hands-on Writing Workshop
(Open to published AND unpublished authors.  The focus of this workshop will be on children's literature only. Perfect for beginner or intermediate authors.)

Eileen Robinson, CEO of F1rst Pages will lead a group workshop. Come prepared to write and revise in an intense morning workshop.  Want to get closer to becoming one of the Unrejected?  All you need is a pad of paper and a pencil.

Note: Fiction and Nonfiction authors are welcome.

Your homework is to get a good night's rest before the workshop.

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