Panel: Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12pm
Join five published authors as they demystify what often appears as an inexplicable black box. They will share how and where they find the inspiration for their writing, ranging from lucid dreams, people watching, historical events, and more. Bring your questions.
Your moderator is Nita Sweeney, who is joined by Debra Eckerling, Kate Farrell, Marlena Fiol, and Joan Gelfand.
For more information and to register, see the post here
April 7: Pitch-O-Rama Prep Workshop & AMA
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12pm
By popular demand, WNBA-SF will hold our first Pre Pitch-O-Rama Coaching AMA!
We are VERY excited to hold our second virtual Pitch-O-Rama which is looking to be a fabulous event with new agents and editors including those from the New York publishing world. And, since it is virtual, we are having many new writers joining us, hailing from all over the country and even a couple of international guests. We have gotten many questions and suggestions which resulted in this debut Pre Pitch session.
WNBA-SF stalwarts who have run Pitch-O-Rama for many years will tell you what to expect, tips and strategies for inspired pitching, and how to get the most from this mini writers conference.
Hosted by Madame President, Elise Marie Collins, this event will feature experts who can answer any question you have, so make your list now!
Coach extraordinaire Amanda McTigue will offer insight into effective pitches and the kind of good advice only a bestselling author can provide.
Past President of WNBA-SF, librarian, author and master storyteller Kate Farrell ran Pitch-O-Rama for years, and can tell you secrets to success from her deep experience.
Publisher Brenda Knight will share what editors and agents are looking for, and how to position your project so it will garner real interest from acquiring editors and literary agents.
Ellen McBarnette, an attendee from last year’s virtual Pitch-O-Rama will tell you “what she wishes she knew last year and what you should know for this year.”
For more information and to register see the post here.
Make An Impact! Join Our Board!
Our chapter has opportunities on the board where you can really have an impact in the literary community with event programming, Zoom events and much more. If you would love to get more involved on any level, please let us know! You can contact President Elise Marie Collins at the email below.
Meet the Agents & Editors:
Featured Member Interview:
Writing Memoir Is Not for the Faint of Heart by Marlena Fiol
Therapy is supposed to help, right?
Meditation is supposed to help, right?
Being on a spiritual path is supposed to help, right?
Then why am I still so afraid of being judged?
It’s scary to write a memoir that includes my many embarrassing failures as well as my hard-won successes. It’s even scarier to put it out there into the world.
In just the weeks since my book, Nothing Bad Between Us: A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness, was released by Mango Publishing, I have received many Amazon and Goodreads reviews, as well as personal notes from readers.
Some of them are humbling:
“I just finished reading your book. It is a very compelling story that I did not want to put down- A very honest and courageous book. You have “dredged up for public consumption” your internal demons and allowed yourself to be vulnerable. That is a huge gift to all of us.”
Some are funny:
WNBA-SF 2020-2022 BOARD
President: Elise Marie Collins
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The Women’s National Book Association has been a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) member of the United Nations since 1959. A NGO is defined as “any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group that is organized on a local, national or international level.”
WNBA-the National Organization
The Women’s National Book Association, established in 1917, before women in America had the right to vote.
The WNBA’s founding idea—that books have power and that those involved in their creation gain strength from joining forces—reaches across the decades to now serve members in 11 chapters across the country and network members in between.
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