Mamaroneck writer Lee Stringer will be on hand to launch the Unicorn Writers Conference on April 10 at The Oronoque Country Club in Stratford, Connecticut. The author of the critically acclaimed Grand Central Winter: Stories From the Street and Like Shaking Hands With God, Mr. Stringer will lead a workshop on memoir writing.
|The Unicorn Writers Conference
Saturday, April 10
The Oronoque Country Club,
To register or for a complete list of speakers, workshops and events, visit www.unicornwritersconference.com
There will be over thirty speakers participating in the event. Among them is comedy icon/screenwriter/director/producer/author Gene Wilder.
Mr. Stringer is currently at work on his next book and devotes much of his time to a variety of community-supporting organizations. He says, “Most of what I do these days – with the boards I’m on and the programs I’m affiliated with – is about giving back. As anyone familiar with my story knows, I have been given so much by way of second chances and the help of dedicated people throughout my life. And so I now work with places like The Hawthorne Cedar Knolls residential treatment facility, where I went as a child, and Project Renewal, which helped me get off the streets, in appreciation of this. And as a writer who has been profoundly fortunate, I’m excited by any opportunity to help other aspiring writers.”
Other local authors who will lead workshops include Rye mystery writer Alan Beechey, and Scarsdale poet Ann Cefola. They will fill out a curriculum that includes sessions on both the craft and business of writing. There will also be a panel for editors and agents.
“We are so proud to have Lee as one of our featured speakers, an author who is successful on many levels” ” said Jan Kardys, the literary agent behind the Oronoque event. She describes the conference as “a way for writers to be introduced to a comprehensive view of the publishing industry. Like other writers conferences, we will offer workshops led by authors in every major genre, but in addition, here attendees will have the opportunity to learn the facts on the business of publishing and promoting their work from some of the most influential industry insiders, information rarely available to writers. This conference is not only about writing, but building a career in writing.”
Workshop topics will range from contracts and royalties, to subsidiary rights, to marketing and promotion, video and audio rights, copyrights and permissions, book proposals, art and production, self-publishing, and more.
Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, consultant, internationally respected publishing, public relations strategist and founder and CEO of The Blanco Group will deliver the keynote address. Gene Wilder will be interviewed live at the conference and will answer audience questions. He will also sign copies of his new book, What Is This Thing Called Love? due to be released March 30, which will be available at the conference book sale.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, one-on-one manuscript reviews, giveaways, and an after-conference networking party with live band and dancing are included in the conference fee.
“I’m excited about this conference,” said Mr. Stringer. “It’s about inspiration. Writers helping other writers. Writing is not a solitary path.”
The Unicorn Writers Conference. Saturday, April 10. The Oronoque Country Club, 385 Oronoque Lane, Stratford, CT. For a complete list of speakers, workshops, the day’s events, or to register, visit www.unicornwritersconference.com