#BWRC2012 Twitter Contest

Tweet your way to the BWRC!

Write a short tweet and win a ticket to Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012.

This summer we will again run our Twitter contest, offering even greater prizes to tweeters.

Our last Twitter contest invited the most creative tweets about the conference. This year, tweet using our #BWRC2012 hashtag on either or both topics below:

  • Why you want to attend BWRC
  • Why you want to attend a particular BWRC workshop

The winning tweets will receive free admission to a favorite session (local residents only) or one day of tickets to all workshops (open to all). Nominees will be selected by a team of judges, and then prize winners will be selected by poll via the Blackwriters.org website.

Enter as many times as you wish. Every tweet counts.

The contest starts May 21 and ends August 21! Nominees will be announced in early August.

Have fun! And good luck!

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Live the Writer's Life AND Pay the Bills

Yes, you CAN write AND get paid. Renee Flagler will teach you how to successfully develop your writing career in a way that allows you to walk away from your current 9 to 5 in this Black Writers Reunion & Conference workshop. You’ll learn about an array of opportunities that enhance your professional writing life while honing your crafts. If becoming a full-time writer is your dream, make it your reality by attending this helpful workshop.

SPEAKER: Renee Flagler is an author and freelance writer who has served in marketing, promotions and events for more than a decade. Flagler and her works have been featured in The Network Journal, Ebony Magazine, The New York Amsterdam News, Our Times, Caribbean Life, Jolie Magazine, Booking Matters, and Black Star News to name a few. She has also appeared on The Angie Le Mar Show on Choice FM, the UK’s leading Hip Hop and R&B station, WAOK Talk Radio and WHCR.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 31, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

Live the Writer’s Life AND Pay the Bills” is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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Writing Comedy with Sister Betty Creator

You’re a “little left to center,” somewhat strange or often told you need therapy for that wacky gene that dominates your being. Perhaps you should parlay all that quirkiness into comedy writing. Being funny in print requires different techniques than humoring orally. This workshop will help you to filter through life’s funny moments to decide what to put on paper, discover and develop your unique comedic voice. You’ll learn the principles and elements of comedy and how to convey a humorous event taken from the oral delivery to the written using setup and delivery techniques.

SPEAKER: Pat G’Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) Walker, the “First Lady of Gospel Comedy” and author of the award-winning Sister Betty series (SisterBetty.com), is an accomplished author and comedienne. She is a former record industry veteran who has worked for Epic, Def Jam, and Columbia. She also performed with the legendary 60s girl group “Arlene Smith and the Chantels” as well as with gospel groups.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 31, 2012 – 10:10 a.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

Comedy Writing” is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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Format Your Book for eReaders

By year end 2012, at least 28.9 million eReaders are projected to be in the hands of 12% of adult Americans nationwide (source: eMarketer.com). Is your book ready for the millions of digital readers in the U.S. and around the world?

In this three-hour hands-on workshop, you will learn how to format and upload a novel for publishing on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes and Noble’s PubIt and Smashwords. You are encouraged to bring tablets with Microsoft Word and Calibre installed.

SPEAKER: Dr. Angela Benson is an associate professor of educational technology at The University of Alabama. Dr. Benson has published twelve novels, two novellas, and a nonfiction writing book. Her books have appeared on national, regional and local bestseller lists, and she has won several writing awards, including Best Multicultural Romance from Romantic Times magazine, and Best Contemporary Ethnic Romance from Affaire de Coeur magazine. She was a finalist for the 2000 Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award in Multicultural Romance.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 3:05 p.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

Formatting Your Novel for E-Publishing is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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Weaving Real-Life Stories Into Your Novels The Ethical Way

Many authors, including this session speaker, weave real-life experiences, events, and people into their fiction. Depending on the degree of ‘real-life’ portrayed in a novel, it may be deemed ‘faction’ — fact and fiction. You’ll learn the key to successfully writing in this way with Dr. Heiss. You will leave this session with practical examples from the speaker’s research, writing, and ‘approvals’ process.

SPEAKER: Dr. Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature. Her published works include the historical novel “Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence,” Sydney 1937, non-fiction text “Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight)” Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and a literacy reader entitled “Me and My Mum.” Dr. Heiss’ fiction works include “Not Meeting Mr. Right,” “Avoiding Mr. Right” and “Paris Dreaming.” She is currently working as a full-time writer and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. Her latest book, “Am I Black Enough For You?” was released in 2012 by Random House Books Australia.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 9:35 a.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

Writing Faction” (How to Ethically Weave Real-Life Stories Into Your Novels) is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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The Anatomy of a Bestseller

Anyone can claim it, but what makes your book a legitimate bestseller? How do you build a buzz that gets people talking and makes your book stand out from the rest? And how much weight does that “Bestselling” and “Award-winning” title really carry? We’ll explore all of that and more, as well as discuss legitimate lists and provide tips to get your book a spot on those lists. Other topics to discuss: What’s the real deal on The New York Times Bestseller’s List? What are some other bestseller’s lists to target? Why movie producers are looking for bestsellers. What constitutes a bestseller in this evolving industry?

SPEAKER: ReShonda Tate Billingsley, the national bestselling author of 25 books.
Considered one of the top inspirational fiction authors in the country, ReShonda’s books have appeared on the Essence Bestseller’s list more than 20 times, as well as The Washington Post and Dallas Morning News Bestseller’s lists. Her books have also been featured in USA Today and Ebony Magazine as ‘Bestselling Reads.” She recently received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction and is a 2010 inductee into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 31, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

The Anatomy of a Bestseller” is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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Is Your Bio, One Sheet, About Page Web Noise?

What’s so special about you? Can you answer that honestly … in less than 30 seconds?

This workshop will lead you through the anatomy of persuasive copy, offering guidelines with which bios, one-sheets and promotional postcards are effectively crafted. Learn to convey who you are as a writer in one succinct, powerful paragraph that will satisfy your web traffic and help you rise above the noise of the Web.

SPEAKERS: Takeyah Young is a speaker, lifestyle expert, health coach and yoga teacher. Her company, Core Connection Lifestyle, aims to teach students strategies for personal sustainability.

Akilah Richards is an entrepreneur, author and owner of The Life Design Agency. Richards serves as a lifestyle management resource for American women. She has been featured in Essence, Real Simple, and MSNBC’s TODAY Moms segment.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 31, 2012 – 3:05 p.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

Bios, One Sheets, About Pages is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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Pitching the Right Publisher

This interactive session with a publishing executive and literary consultant will expose you to the finer details as well as the must-dos and don’ts in submitting a book for consideration of publication. You’ll learn how to properly identify genre, how to choose the right publisher to submit your manuscript, and “Manuscript Submissions 101”.

SPEAKER: Ifalada Ta’Shia Asanti is a widely requested columnist, writer, poet, journalist, TV producer and speaker on all things literary and media. Asanti’s work has appeared in Essence, Poets & Writers Magazine, Urban Spectrum Newspaper and in dozens of anthologies, journals and newspapers across the country. Asanti is the recipient of the Audre Lorde Black Quill Award and the Courage in Journalism Award by the International Media Women’s Foundation.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

What Publishers Want: Mastering the Art of the Book Pitch is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.

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