A bit of conference news for you locals. Portland State University has its own student-run press for fiction and nonfiction. Ooligan Press will be hosting a two-day conference this coming May 22-23, and Oolicon promises to be fun and informative.

From their conference page:

The goal of Write to Publish is to demystify the publishing industry for writers. During this two-day conference you will learn the skills you need to transform your writing from a creative endeavor to a published work.

Our workshops will help you understand the world of publishing, from finding your audience to copyright law. On the first day, Workshop Day, you will gain insight into:

  • Polishing your manuscript
  • The agent/writer relationship
  • Finding a publisher
  • Self-publishing a manuscript
  • …and many more!

On day two of Write to Publish, you will have the chance to rub elbows with industry professionals at Open House Day. Take this opportunity to make valuable contacts and maybe even pitch your idea to a local publisher. Open House Day will also feature some of the best voices in contemporary literature; these notable authors will share their experiences with the publishing industry, and maybe an embarrassing story or two.

Write to Publish 2010 is about empowering you as a writer so you are one step closer to getting published. To purchase tickets, please contact the Portland State University box office at (503) 725-3307.

I’ll be there, hosting a booth on Open House Day for Stirling Editing and I’ll joining my literary agent, Bernadette of Baker’s Mark in her discussion of agent/author relationships. As writers you can attend five workshops for a full day or choose one. If you are an industry professional (agent, freelance editor, designer), you have a track of workshops of your own. Looking forward to it!