Highlights from MWG's 91st Annual Conference (2006)
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We've invited some of the best names in the business to help you hone your writing craft. Although selling a project is a nice bonus, the emphasis of this conference is to polish professional skills and learn more about the business of publishing. The key to your success - do your homework first!

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Leslie A. Banks' website

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Special Guest:
Leslie A. Banks, Author, Screenwriter

Leslie Esdaile Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program with a Master’s in Fine Arts from Temple University. She has penned over 19 novels and contributed to 7 novellas thus far, under various pseudonyms within the genres of romance, women’s fiction, crime/suspense thrillers, and paranormal, and regularly contributes to magazines and newspaper columns.  She writes and lives in University City, Philadelphia with her husband and children.                

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Melanie Chrismer's website

Melanie Chrismer, Author

Melanie Chrismer was born in Texas, lives in Georgia, but started her writing career as a newspaper stringer and freelance writer in Ohio. Writing for children since 1990, her 12 books range from the tall tale PHOEBE CLAPPSADDLE picture books series to her solar system and Hubble Space Telescope non-fiction books.  She speaks at more than 50 schools, libraries, conferences, and reading associations a year.  Chrismer is the catalog editor for the Women Writing the West, International Reading Association, and the Texas Library Association, "Writing defines my thoughts and lassoes my dreams."

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For more info about Kevin click "Kevin's Corner" on this website

Kevin Dilmore, Author

After 15 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Kevin Dilmore hung up his press pass to begin his freelance writing career in 2003. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer to Star Trek Communicator , writing news stories and personality profiles for the bimonthly publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club. He has written for magazines including Amazing Stories, Star Wars Kids and FLIcK . Look for Kevin’s interviews with some of Star Trek’s most popular authors in volumes of the Star Trek Signature Editions, published by Pocket Books. On the fictional side of things, his short stories include “The Road to Edos” in the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits and “Home on the Strange,” the first installment of Reality Cops: The Continuing Adventures of Vale and Mist for Phobos Books. With Dayton Ward, he has written the Star Trek: The Next Generation novels A Time to Sow and A Time to Harvest , a story for the anthology Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War , and eight installments of the continuing e-book series Star Trek: S.C.E . Their next novel, Summon the Thunder , the second in the Star Trek: Vanguard series of books, will be published in July 2006. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin lives in Prairie Village, Kan., with his wife, Michelle, and their three daughter

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Loring Leifer, President, WordsWorth

Loring Leifer became a writer because she likes to find things--whether it's the latest information on technology trends or a lost contact lens. She's uncovered art forgeries, how many employees can name their company president, and what doctors don't want you to know about the pills you take, all in magazine articles and books. Leifer's book credits include Who's Really Who? The 1000 most creative individuals in the USA;Information Anxiety and Information Anxiety 2; Follow the Yellow Brick Road; Younger Voices, Stronger Choices; Drugs: Prescription, Non-Prescription, and Herbal; aParisACCESS city guide; and seven editions of A Report Card on the Status of Children in Kansas City. She's also written articles for Cosmopolitan, House & Garden, Remodeling, Spirit, American West, Interiors, Spaces, and Kansas City magazines. As president of WordsWorth, a writing business in metro Kansas City, she helps clients like Sprint, Northern Trust, American Century, and ITT/Sheraton find ways to make their communication materials more actionable and instructive.

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Lisa Wade McCormick, Author, Investigative Journalist

Lisa Wade McCormick is freelance writer and children’s book author. She’s a former newspaper reporter, television producer, and economic crime investigator with the Johnson County district attorney’s office. Her reports and investigations have recovered thousands of dollars for consumers, led to nationwide recalls of dangerous products, exposed unscrupulous public officials, and sent numerous defendants to prison. Lisa has won numerous awards during her career, including two Emmy’s and the prestigious Investigative Reporters and Editors award for outstanding investigative reporting. Lisa has also written seven children’s book for Children’s Press, a subsidiary of Scholastic.

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Evan McNamara's website

Evan McNamara, Author

Evan McNamara is a graduate of West Point Academy.  He served in the 82nd Airborne Division as lieutenant and int he 1st Infantry Division as a captain.  He chose the mystery genre so he could write a book that would "outwit my wife and bring her back to the genre." Evan’s book, SUPERIOR POSITION, follows an army sniper turned deputy sheriff in Mineral County, Colorado.  His next book is due for release in 2006.  Evan is a member of Missouri Writers’ Guild and lives in Kansas city with his wife and daughter.

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Susan Vaught's website

Susan Vaught, Author

Susan Vaught was born in Mississippi, and raised in Mississippi and Tennessee. She started her writing career in high school, publishing in her school magazines and writing feature articles for the local newspaper about school drama productions. After taking time out to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Susan started writing seriously again in 1998, and currently splits her time between writing and practicing psychology. She has four young adult novels in print, including the critically acclaimed historical fantasy STORMWITCH (a 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults) --and two new novels on the way this year. She is a member of Author's Guild, Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). "Words are my window to the soul."

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Dayton Ward's website

Dayton Ward, Author

Dayton Ward got his start in professional writing by placing stories in each of the first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of the Star Trek novel In the Name of Honor , the science fiction novels The Last World War and The Genesis Protocol , as well as short stories that have appeared the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits , Kansas City Voices Magazine and the forthcoming horror collection Family Plots . Dayton also has collaborated with friend and co-writer Kevin Dilmore on nine installments of the Star Trek: S.C.E. monthly e-Book series, articles for Star Trek Communicator Magazine, the Star Trek: The Next Generation novels A Time to Sow and A Time to Harvest , the forthcoming Star Trek: Vanguard novel Summon the Thunder , and a short story for the Tales of the Dominion War anthology. Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Michi, he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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