Sixty-eight of the one hundred available slots for the Writer Unboxed Un-Conference have been claimed, and today marks the last day to register at the early-bird rate for our November event in Salem.
You’ve already read about the basics–the symposium/workshop/networking event/retreat that is in the works; the rock/paper/scissors focus on craft and developing a writer’s inner strength, with time to write and without any talk of the industry, industry; the opportunity for continued learning and networking that we’ll all have because the event directly precedes the Salem Lit Festival (and includes Donald Maass’s all-day “21st Century Fiction” workshop). Now hear what a few of our esteemed Unboxed’ers have to say about the event itself.
“Not only is the Salem Lit Fest thrilled to have Writer Unboxed coming in November, this entire literary city is excited. Salem’s new motto is: Great stories start here! Personally, I look forward to finally meeting you all in person and to a week dedicated to our art.” – Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader, and The Map of True Places, and coordinator for the Salem Lit Fest
“Here’s a confession: I’m a maddeningly slow writer. Which is one of the main reasons I can’t wait until the UnConference in November. Here’s why: I love the writer unboxed community, and there are always questions I’d dying to ask each of you, and so much more I always want to say. What stops me is one thing only: the time it would take me to write it all out. What I love about this conference – and what’s so refreshingly, intoxicatingly different about it and all the other very worthy conferences out there – is that in November we really will have time to kick back and talk, to dive into questions about story, your work, and how to get that vision in your head onto the page so that it has readers at hello.” – Lisa Cron, instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and author of the book Wired for Story
“I’m so excited that the energy and connection of the Writer Unboxed community is escaping the internet and spilling into real life.” – Liz Michalski, author of Evenfall
“I’m excited about the Un-Conference. High level gatherings for published and serious fiction writers often focus on the industry. The Un-Conference is different. It is dedicated to what advanced fiction writers really need, which is levels of craft and support that can be found nowhere else, perhaps not even from critique groups, beta readers, agents or editors. The level and breadth of expertise is exceptional. The community is as warmly supportive as I’ve ever found. I’m honored to be part of it.” – Donald Maass, president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and author of several books for writers including Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction