Virginia Writers Club 2017 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium: Speaker Pitch Form
DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2017

Attention Virginia Writers and Publishing Professionals!

The Virginia Writers Club (VWC) is seeking speakers for the 2017 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium, which will be held on Saturday, August 5 at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

This year's theme is "Taking the Next Step in Your Writing Journey," and and our keynote speaker will be publishing expert and award-winning blogger Jane Friedman.

Come share your expertise on the writing craft and postwriting processes! Mingle and network with other writers and publishing professionals!

As a VWC symposium presenter, you will receive:

• Free conference registration ($90 value)

• Lunch and refreshments ($20 value)

• The opportunity to market yourself and your body of work during the panel or workshop

• The opportunity to have your books sold during the symposium. (You must bring your books, but we will have a local vendor handle sales for a 30% commission on the cost of the books.)


The 2017 VWC Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium will have six panels, each with three presenters, and six single-speaker workshops.

Topics that apply to either aspect of this year's theme are welcome. TOPICS SHOULD BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE (for example, "Using Facebook Ads to Drive Sales" instead of "Marketing Your Book").

Possible (But Not Exhaustive) List of Topics:

• Using Amazon KDP (or other services) to self-publish your ebook

• The art of effective dialog

• Self-publishing distribution options

• Point of view: Why is a specific point of view important to my novel or short story?

• Hiring and working with vendors to self-publish your book (editors, book designers, cover designers, etc.)

• Finding an agent

• Managing your daily Twitter account for maximum effect

• Plotting vs. pantsing: Advantages and disadvantages of outlining vs. discovery writing

• Designing your own book cover

• Finding a publisher

• Dealing with rejection/keeping your spirits up during the search for a publisher

• Traditional vs self-publishing

We will assign authors or speakers with related experience and pitch topics to three-author panels. You will have a chance to coordinate with these individuals before the conference. Six people will be chosen to present individual workshops.

Speaker selection will be made by April 1.

Thank you for pitching!

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Are you pitching a panel or a workshop? (Please note that because we only have a limited number of single-speaker workshops, some speakers pitching a workshop might be put on a subject-relevant panel instead.)
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