Hello Conference Attendees!
I hope your excitement is building with the conference under three weeks away!
A new workshop schedule has been posted on our website at Pennwriters.org. If you signed up for a workshop requiring pre-registration please compare the new schedule to your registration to confirm your attendance. Several, including the Blind Pitch Panel and Fictional Characters Anonymous, have changed days. Also, Sunday Schedule Change -
HANA HAATAINEN CAYE will do a repeat session of Fictional Characters Anonymous at 10:20 AM on Sunday in place of "Before You Sign."
If you are registered for a read-and-critique session, please bring three copies of your first TWO, double-spaced pages along with your half page synopsis. These two pages will be read aloud. While there is only time to read the submissions of those who were able to register, all attendees will be permitted to attend the sessions and hear feedback offered.
Please review and check your registration before the conference, confirming you have selected all available options you wish to attend.
Please let me know if you have questions!
Date: June 3, 10, 17, 24
MAKE A BASIC BOOK TRAILER With
Windows Live Movie Maker
Dixiane Hallaj will walk with you through the basics of using Windows Live Movie Maker to make a book trailer. Your book’s not ready for a trailer yet? No problem—follow along and make a short video of your latest vacation, or invite your friends to an event, or any other subject. When your book is ready, you’ll have the knowledge.
This six-lesson course will share works in progress and we will all benefit from our various points of view as we make suggestions and voice our opinions.
Dixiane Hallaj is a Pennwriter from Area 7 and the author of
- Why should I make a book trailer?
- Basic guidelines
- Goals of your video
- Length, speed, balance
- Sources of material
- Public Domain
- Copyright Issues and cautions
- Using the features of Movie Maker
- Adding sound
- Taking your trailer public
- Publish to YouTube
- Embed on your website
Born a Refugee, Refugee without Refuge, and It’s Just Lola
Samples of her book trailers can be seen on http://www.itsjustlola.com
The conference will be held at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott,
five miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport and 12 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
For room reservations: Conference attendees can receive a special rate of $99 per night. PW's block of Conference-discounted rooms at the Marriott are sold out for Wednesday and Saturday night (Thursday and Friday still currently available), but rooms ARE available at the Comfort Suites (412) 494-5750 that's adjacent to the Marriott's parking lot.
Call (412) 788-8800 for the Marriott and mention Pennwriters.
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Conferences are a great time of learning and networking. With many conferences to choose from, it’s hard to decide which one is for you. Should you choose the conference closest to home? The New York conference with the high cost? The conference with the most workshops? A genre-specific conference? Before you become overwhelmed by the choices, consider Pennwriters—the New York style conference at a Pennsylvania cost.
Pennwriters offers more than 50 workshops geared to help all writers, regardless of career stage. There is no specific area of focus, but a broad spectrum of workshops for everyone, from beginning writer to published novelist, aspiring journalist to pro, with poetry, nonfiction and skills-building workshops that apply to every form of writing.
You can learn pitching, querying, synopsis writing, audience building, nonfiction and fiction writing, and many other topics.
Read more: Why is Pennwriters the conference you should attend?