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September 9, 2017 Schedule of Workshops

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 – Anna Marie Gire/Ann Howley/Rachel Sweet-Boring


9:15am – 10:10am           Panel discussion #1: How to Make a Living Writing= Panelists: Diana Fletcher Katherine Heart, Tiffany Huff

  • Magazine writing, blog writing, grant writing


10:15am – 11:10am       Breakout Session #1 –  Michael Monyok (legal considerations

Breakout Session #2 –  Denise LaRosa (children’s books)

Breakout Session #3 – Ellen Roth (fantasy/science fiction)


11:15am – 12:10pm         Panel discussion #2: Self vs Traditional vs Hybrid Publishing- Panelists: Gina Mazza, Joyce Faulkner, Sandra Gould Ford

What do editors and publishers really want?

  • Current trends in publishing
  • Book proposal or query?

12:15pm – 1:15pm           Lunch

  • Boxed lunches available (vegetarian choices )
  • Browse vendors and sponsors

1:20pm – 2:15pm

Breakout Session #4 – Paula Reed Ward (forensics)

Breakout Session #5 – Wendy Duchene (memoir)


Breakout Session #6 – Joyce Faulkner (research)

Breakout Session #7 – Dalel Kahlil (diversity)

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

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

 Panelists: Donna Baxter, Dede Rittman, Deb Riley Magnus

4:30pm      Adjourn

Breakout workshop topics:

  1. Research Joyce Faulkner
  2. Mom Said It Was All in my Head (writing fantasy and science fiction), Ellen Roth
  3. Get Your Crime Right (forensic science) Paula Reed Ward
  4. How to Write and Not Get in Trouble (legal considerations) Michael Monyok
  5. Making it Real (importance of diversity in writing) Dalel Kahlil
  6. Mapping Your Memories (memoir) Wendy Duchene

  7. Children’s books Denise LaRosa



Talk to the Editor Gina Mazza, Joyce Faulkner

Benefits of Submitting Your Book For A TAZ Award

Benefits of Entering the TAZ Awards


In addition to the honor of being selected as a Winner in the TAZ Book Awards, there are also many practical benefits. Here are some of the many benefits of participating:
Honors and Distinction
Winners and category winners earn:
• The distinction of being honored as a winner. This leads to recognition from fans, the industry, your peers and, indeed, the world. It also impresses publishers.
• A gold digital winner seal for your book
• A special award for 1st place winners
• The right to display winner stickers or digital winner emblems on your book covers, websites and promotional materials. This distinction helps sell books!
• The right to printed award Certificates that reveal your award to family, colleagues and friends – as proof that your hard work has paid off.

All those nominated earn the right to use the verbiage “Nominated for the TAZ book award.” Badges saying “Nominated” will be available to all nominees.
More than just being an Awards (as terrific as that is!), you also get publicity and visibility including:
• Publicity: Winners and category winners get listed in press releases and the official announcement on The Authors’ Zone website, now under construction. It’s a perfect hook to convince the press in your local community to do a news story.
• Social media exposure: TAZ Book Awards last year generated nearly 50,000 social mentions on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and elsewhere. The TAZ Book Awards amps up the online conversation around a book.

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