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Writer Unboxed UnConference, 2019: Announcing Open Registration


It’s been three years, and finally the Writer Unboxed UnConference [2] is back!

Part symposium. Part networking affair. Part workshop. Part retreat.

Unlike other conferences, our hybrid event will not focus on the business of writing; there will be no sessions on finding agents or writing query letters or building platforms. Instead, our focus will be on the things WU’ers crave most:

In other words, we’re going to lean on our strengths, the qualities that have made Writer Unboxed a strong site and community. We’re going to empower you, but this time we’re going to empower you in person.

The 2019 UnConference, unboxed

This year’s UnConference, Escape to WUnderland, [2] is an exploration of deep craft.

You will fill your schedule’s 16+ programming slots with sessions on the following topics:

Extras: optional walking groups, an evening “book therapy” session (bring your troubled plot points, characters, etc.), “bed-time stories” (share your five-minute excerpt in a casual evening setting), and more

Contest: details provided just before the event

Writing space: available throughout the event

When and where:

The Writer Unboxed UnConference will kick off on Monday, November 4th in Salem, Massachusetts, and span the week, culminating in a 4-hour intensive workshop by Donald Maass on Friday, November 8th and a wrap-up party. Sessions will take place in The House of the Seven Gables [3] Visitors Center, and the Hawthorne Hotel’s Ballroom and Library.

What follows is a rough look at the schedule.

Learn more–and register–on Eventbrite [1].

We hope to see you in Salem! Write on.

About [4]

Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between Therese Walsh [5] and Kathleen Bolton [6] in 2006. Since then the site has grown to include ~50 regular contributors--including bestselling authors and industry leaders--and frequent guests. In 2014, the first Writer Unboxed UnConference (part UNtraditional conference, part intensive craft event, part networking affair) [7] was held in Salem, MA. Learn more about our 2019 event, ESCAPE TO WuNDERLAND, on Eventbrite. [1] In 2016, the Writer Unboxed team published a book with Writer's Digest. AUTHOR IN PROGRESS: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published [8] has been well-received by readers who seek help in overcoming the hurdles faced at every step of the novel-writing process--from setting goals, researching, and drafting to giving and receiving critiques, polishing prose, and seeking publication. James Scott Bell has said of the guide, "Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." You can follow Writer Unboxed on Twitter [9], and join our thriving Facebook community [10].