Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Writerly Wednesday ~~ Pen to Press Conference

Hey friends. Hope your writing projects are cooperating with you and things are going swimmingly.

I can personally vouch for friend Deb LeBlanc's conference coming up this summer. Instead of telling you about it, and how much I enjoyed and gained from's the official scoop. If you've got a manuscript in the works, consider heading on down to New Orleans!

2010 Pen to Press Writers' Retreat        

This is a one of a kind writers' retreat you simply can't pass up! Come excited and leave inspired, ready to improve your writing and get that manuscript published!

Pen to Press Retreats are five intense, hands-on, inspiring days that teach participants how to shape and present a saleable manuscript. You'll learn in a variety of settings, from workshops to one-on-one mentoring sessions to seminars. To that end, you will write and revise, have portions of your manuscript critiqued, and revise some more. This is a remarkable opportunity to transform your writing!

To top it off, throughout the last two days of each retreat, all of our participants are given exclusive, one-on-one time with agents and editors to whom they can pitch their work.

With this retreat under your belt, who can stop you?
Participants will be assigned to a class of 20 and a team instructor. (Our instructors are all successfully published authors, many New York Times and U.S.A. Today Best-sellers, award-winners, and all are excellent teachers.). With this group, you will spend five days working on specifics to improve your manuscript. During classes and panel discussions, you'll learn details about characterization, plot, dialogue, pacing, voice, marketing, pitching, contract negotiations, etc., all of it geared around your specific work.

Agents and editors will be on hand the last two days of the retreat, and they'll be there to spend one-on-one time with you, our participants . . . writers who now have a polished pitch for a promising work!
The dates for the 2010 Pen to Press Writers Retreat are May 25-29, 2010, and the location will be in beautiful downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.

Interested writers must submit a two page synopsis of a completed novel or novel in progress along with the first five pages of that novel. From those submissions, a maximum of 160 participants will be selected.

To find out more about the 2010 Pen to Press Writers' Retreat, visit our website at There you'll find in-action videos and testimonials from past participants. So jump on over to the website and have a look. And we hope to see YOU at the 2010 PPW Retreat!


Tabitha Bird said...

Awesome! Thanks for letting us know.

Stacy Post said...

That sounds like a productive conference! Thanks for the info.
(The leg is good, the writing is steady and I'm glad you're back, lady!)

Have a great day!

Terri Tiffany said...

I wish!! Won't be doing any conferences this year but always nice to read about them and dream:)

Angie Ledbetter said...

You're welcome Tabitha! How you doing?

Stacy - Sounds like all systems go for you. Yay!

Know whatcha mean Terri. :)

Elana Johnson said...

That sounds amazing! I'd love to come to New Orleans...

Melissa Marsh said...

Wow, what a neat conference - and in New Orleans! Double bonus!

L.T. Elliot said...

How cool is that? Thanks!

ali said...

Ooh! New Orleans? Writers? What's not to love?

Thanks for the scoop :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Elana - Worth TRULY considering it!

For true Melissa. :D

L.T. - You're mighty welcome!

Not a thing in the world not enjoyable about the whole experience, ali...the food, people, work, speaker/teachers, the WHOLE ENCHILADA!

Jessica said...

My writing is slowwwwww. Hope yours is moving. :-)

Marguerite said...

Sounds like a great retreat, and New Orleans, yet! I will check it out, sha!

SharonK said...

Love New Orleans and love writing... thanks for sharing, I'll look into it!

Kittie Howard said...

From one LA gal to another: Great post!

Jill Kemerer said...

Oh, if only I lived closer...
Thanks for the info!

Deb Shucka said...

I always love the surprises I find here, and I'm so glad you're back at the keyboard!

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