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March 26, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s Annual Writers’ Academy Scheduled for June 10-14

CANYON, Texas—A host of professional writers will join award-winning author Jodi Thomas to present West Texas A&M University’s annual Writers’ Academy June 10-14 to help aspiring novelists become published authors.

WTAMU’s Office of Continuing Education will host the five-day academy with eight professional writers in classes, seminars and workshops on topics ranging from screenwriting to self publishing. Each of the five days will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast followed by a presentation with WaterBrook Press author Tim Lewis. The sessions, “Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine” will explore everything from query letters to plot and synopsis. Participants will spend the rest of the morning in a class of their choosing—Intermediate or Advanced Novel Writing, Screenwriting Structure for Novelists, Writing Your Life Story and Writing for Young Readers—for daily in-depth instruction. Afternoon workshops will be lead by different writers and an editor throughout the week.

Many other activities are planned for participants during the academy including a movie night with Thomas, the outdoor musical TEXAS and a roundup dinner featuring New York Times best selling author Linda Castillo.

Thomas, founder and co-director of the Writers’ Academy, is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She will lead an afternoon workshop titled “A Writer’s Life.” Thomas, who serves as writer in residence at WTAMU, is the author of more than 30 novels and numerous short stories. She has won many honors and accolades for her work and was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame in 2006. She also is a four-time winner of the coveted RITA award.

Published author Lewis is co-director of the academy. He will lead the morning seminars with a focus on specific fiction-writing techniques to strengthen a participant’s writing foundation. Lewis has published more than 20 plays and musicals, including the Branson-style musical review Can’t Get Enough.

Others joining Thomas and Lewis for the academy include the following professional writers.
Alexandra Sokoloff, a Thriller Award winner and Bram Stoker Award and Anthony Award nominee, will teach “Screenwriting Structure for Novelists” and lead an afternoon workshop on “The Art and Option of Self Publishing.”
Jennifer Archer, a RITA Award nominee and an adult and Harper Teen author, will lead a course in “YA and Beyond: Intermediate Writing for Young Adult and Adult Fiction.”
Dian Curtis Regan, a published author of 60 children’s books, will teach the “ABCs of Writing for Young Readers.”
Margie Lawson, a writing coach for more than 20 published authors, will teach the course “Advanced Novel Writing.”
Mike Bellah, author, newspaper columnist and professor of English at Amarillo College, will lead a course in “Writing Your Life Story.”
Hilary Sares, editor, will teach the afternoon workshop “Mining the Mind of an Editor.”

In addition to the courses and workshops, participants can take advantage of an in-depth personal critique with Sares or published author DeWanna Pace. Each critique is an additional $35 fee. Participants who use Pace will receive a written evaluation of their partial manuscript; those who use Sares will have a personal appointment during the week of the academy. Interested participants must submit by May 11 the first 35 double-spaced pages of their manuscript to the Office of Continuing Education. Submissions will be limited to 30, and only one manuscript per participant.

For those who register for the academy before May 10, the cost is $550 for returning students or $700 for new students. For those registering after May 10, the cost is $600 for returning students and $750 for new students. For more information about the academy or to register, call the Office of Continuing Education at 806-651-2037 or visit wtamu.edu/oce.


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Aaron Hunt
on 3.27.2013

Can faculty attend? If so, what is the cost for faculty members?