2017 Writers’ Conference- A collaborative effort between TAZ, Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Ann Howley, Author

Comments from past conferences;

This was a great conference. Looking forward to next year.”

” With the time allotted, each presenter packed in a great amount of information.”

“Overall, great!

“Well informed speakers”

“Great work!”




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The Authors’ Zone in Collaboration with  Ann Howley-Author and CCAC, will host the 4th Annual Writers’ Conference at CCAC  on September 9, 2017

The TAZ Writers Conference is a wonderful opportunity for writers of all levels to get intense instruction over the course of one day, discuss your manuscript with an editor (optional), get your questions answered, network with like-minded authors and more.

Register on Eventbrite https://taznightout16.eventbrite.com/

or send a check to -($79 before July 31, 2017, $89 until September 8th- $15 for a boxed lunch)

TAZ~~PO Box 9687~~Pittsburgh Pa. 15226


These one-on-one, 20-minute appointments with editors and publishers provide the opportunity to get feedback and generate interest in your manuscript.

Consultation appointments are intended for a conversation about the viability, marketability, or quality of your idea or synopsis.

Please submit your manuscript/copy of your writing prior to your meeting.

Cost is $35.00

Contact Anna Marie- wip@fastmail.fm to arrange a consult


2017 TAZ Writer’s Conference

Saturday, September 9, 2017

8:00am – 4:30pm

CCAC – Allegheny Campus

8:00am – 9:00am        Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am        Introduction

9:15am – 10:10am      Panel Discussion #1: How to Make a Living Writing

10:15am – 11:10am    Breakout Session #1

Breakout Session #2

11:15am – 12:10pm    Panel Discussion #2: Self vs Traditional vs Hybrid Publishing

12:15pm – 1:15pm      Lunch

  • Boxed lunches available for purchase with registration
  • Browse books, vendors, and sponsors
  • Live podcasting

1:20pm – 2:15pm        Breakout Session #3

Breakout Session #4

2:20pm – 3:15pm        Breakout Session #5

Breakout Session #6

3:15pm – 3:30pm        Break – snack provided

3:30pm – 4:20pm        Panel Discussion #3: Marketing Your Book

4:30pm                        Adjourn


Breakout session topics:

  1. The Authors’ Zone Anthology
  2. Mom Said It Was All in my Head (writing fantasy and science fiction)
  3. Get Your Crime Right (forensic science)
  4. How to Write and Not Get in Trouble (legal considerations)
  5. Making it Real (importance of diversity in writing)
  6. Mapping Your Memories (memoir)
  7. How to Build an Author Website
  8. Writing children’s books


October 19, 2017~~~TAZ Celebrates the Independent Author. TAZ awards are based on 80% content and 20% production of your book. Judges are authors/writers/teachers/editors from Pittsburgh and New York. Submit your book before September 13, 2017, for the 4th Annual Author Awards ceremony and Authors’ Night Out.