TAZ Writers’ Conference-September 8, 2018


The TAZ conference is always packed with informative workshops led by experienced writing and publishing professionals. I always leave learning something that I can apply to my own writing. Most of all, I walk away feeling inspired and energized to continue with my own work~~~~~Michael Burroway

Join us on September 8, 2018 at CCAC ‘s Allegheny Campus in Pittsburgh for the 5th Annual TAZ Writers’ Conference in collaboration with Ann Howley, Author and CCAC

Register herehttps://tazwritersconference.eventbrite.com.

Make checks payable to-

The Authors’ Zone/ PO Box 9687/ Pittsburgh PA 15226-

Discounted price for students and fixed income.  Call or email Anna Marie for rates or to pay by check -wip@fastmail.fm or 412-563-6712.

Lunch and a continental breakfast included in the registration fee.


TAZ Writer’s Conference

Saturday, September 8, 2018

8:00am – 4:30pm

CCAC – Allegheny Campus

8:00am – 8:45am             Registration/Continental breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am             Welcome – Anna Marie Gire/Ann Howley/Rachel Sweet-Boring

9:00am – 9:30am             Keynote

Speaker: Hattie Fletcher, Managing Editor Creative Nonfiction

9:45am – 10:35am           Workshops:

#1 Writing science fiction & fantasy novels – Stephanie Keyes

#2 Make your words singSam Wieder


10:50am – 11:40pm         Workshops:

  #3 Legal considerations – Michael Monyok

  #4 The sense of an ending – Daniel Lowe

11:45– 1:00pm     Lunch

                             *Browse books

                             *Talk to the Editor

                             *Talk to the Marketing Consultant

1:10pm –2:00pm              Workshops:

 #5 Diversity in writing – Dionna Rojas

  #6 Writing children’s books – Debra Rae Sanchez

2:20pm – 3:10pm             Workshop:

  #7 Dig deep – getting to the heart of your memoir – Ann Howley

3:10pm – 3:30pm             Break

3:35pm – 4:30pm – Panel discussion: Marketing your book before and after its release




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The TAZ Writers Conference is a wonderful opportunity for writers of all levels to get intense instruction over the course of one day.

Why should you Go? This is a serious conference for serious writers. Attendees are a mix of  new and accomplished writers looking  to expand their knowledge and to mingle with other writers/ authors , publishers and editors. It’s small enough that it won’t feel overwhelming with an impressive group of presenters and information.
Highlights of the conference include –
  • Talk To The Editor, a chance to have a portion of your manuscript evaluated by an editor or publisher.  Additional fee for this
  • Consult with a Marketing Expert. Additional fee for this
  • Networking with like minded people in an academic setting.
Keynote Speaker
Hattie Fletcher, Managing Editor  of Creative Non Fiction
Workshops Include-
  • Memoir Writing, Ann Howley
  • The Sense of an Ending, (Fiction Writing) Daniel Lowe
  • Diversity in Writing , Dionna Rojas
  • Children’s Books , Debra Rae Sanchez
  • Songwriting Workshop, Sam Wieder
  • Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Stephanie Keyes
  • Legal Considerations, Michael G. Monyok
  • Panel on Marketing your book before and after it’s release
Cost $149.00- Early Bird special $129.00
Discounted price for students and fixed income, call for rates.

October 18, 2018~~~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.