Mississippi River Writers Conference in Freeport Oct. 5; deadline Sept. 27

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill., will host the Mississippi River Writers Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5. Conference pre-registration is required.

Deadline to register for the conference is Sept. 27. Cost is $50, which includes a catered lunch. High school/college student price is $35. For more info or to register, visit mississippiriverwriters.com, e-mail qsouls@hotmail.com or call (608) 330-3463.

Participants at the conference will hear presenters on such topics as writing memoirs, character development, the art of storytelling, and the marketing of written work. Participants will also be able to participate in a writing contest.

Speakers will include free-lance writer/editor Lyle Ernst from Davenport, Iowa. He will be discussing writing memoirs; how to start, what to include, and what to do with your work once you’re done. An expert on self-publishing, he will give participants a concise roadmap of self-publishing tailored to their specific needs. An award-winning author, Ernst’s journalism background includes work for newspapers in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. He has also contributed essays to three books and had articles published in several magazines.

Kim Sigafus is an award-winning free-lance writer/photographer from Freeport. She also has a newspaper journalistic background, which includes editor of the North Iowa Times in McGregor, Iowa, and free-lance work for several newspapers in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, including the Journal-Standard in Freeport. She’s authored several books, including a walking tour book and The Dress, a children’s book. She has received several awards, including the Lena D. Myers Award for Historical Writing, and the Faith and Freedom Award for her poetry and photography.

Sigafus and author Tony Wedgeworth will be presenting information about marketing your written work. Wedgeworth is from Prairie du Chien, Wis. The author of the Altered Creatures series, Wedgeworth is an award-winning author and speaker. His focus is on fantasy adventures, and he has published many books for adult, young adult, pre-teen and early readers. He is an accomplished speaker and recently was the keynote speaker at William Penn University.

Wedgeworth’s presentation with Sigafus will include the ins and outs of online marketing, as well as dealing with placing books in bookstores, and setting up book signings and speaking engagements. He will also be discussing character development and the art of storytelling.

Included in the conference will be a panel discussion, which will feature all the speakers and special guests, Lori Perkins from Total Systems Publishing Company from Newton, Ill., and Jill Austin, editor and owner of Barefoot Editing of Minn.

Posted Sept. 25, 2013

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