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KWA Scene Conference 2012

You had to be there. It wasn’t our biggest conference, it wasn’t our most extravagant—but it was our best.

We kicked off “the Scene” on Friday night with some real fun and entertainment: the Pitchapalooza. Everyone who wanted to pitch got a chance, and the entire panel of industry professionals was amazed at our small group’s talent and enthusiasm.

On Saturday, with eight solid speakers (all of whom were fantastic) and fifteen speaker sessions, it meant for a full day with lots of choices. Members and guests were appreciative, saying things like “the best conference ever” and “something for everyone”. The speakers were professional, patient, gracious and impressed with both the conference and our attendees. The Hyatt Hotel staff was courteous and helpful, and the KWA board and helpers were on their toes and proactive in order to ensure this conference was a shining success—one that will go down in what is sure to be a long history of wonderful conferences.

William Bernhardt’s Keynote punctuated the 2012 Scene Conference. About halfway through, when he said, “I should stop here…,” he certainly could have. He’d given us an excellent Keynote, one of the best I’d heard—and I’ve heard many. But he went on. What started as a touching autobiography of Bill, became an autobiography for us all—all writers. Incredibly motivational and inspiring, it left me with a deep feeling of importance and responsibility, but also so choked up I couldn’t talk. As I looked out into the audience of teary eyes, “Wow!” was the most I could utter while getting a grip on myself in order to wrap up this extraordinary event.

Bill’s keynote speech could not have been a more perfect way to end the weekend, a truly indescribable, nearly overwhelming one. The punctuation at the end of this story—this fantastic conference—is not a period or a question mark. It’s one that writers are told to use super sparingly: “!” Wow!   http://www.kwawriters.org

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KWA Scene Conference for Writers this Friday and Saturday

I know, this is a bit late, but you need to know about it.

The Kansas Writers Association is putting on their annual Scene Conference in Wichita, KS, at the Hyatt, March 16 & 17 (this Friday and Saturday).

Will be an excellent conference for writers and those who want to be–especially those seeking current opportunities in both traditional and eBook publishing.

Starting off Friday night with a Pitchapalooza conducted by bestselling authors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry.

Then, Saturday’s lineup:

William Bernhardt, bestselling author of mystery and suspense

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com eBook publisher

Dan Case, owner and publisher at AWOC Publishing

Helen Zimmermann, NYC literary agent

David Henry Sterry, bestselling author and promotions pro

Arielle Eckstut, NYC literary agent

Amy Shojai, bestselling author

Malena Lott, author

Andrea Feodorov, promotions specialist

And with a banquet and mixers–Wow! What a conference!