Writing Short Course

Registration

Registration for the 2015 Writer's Short Course will begin May 4, 2015. Online registration will be available at rosestate.augusoft.net

An early bird registration rate of $129 will be offered and the price will increase to $149 on August 1, 2015.


September 18-20, 2015

"New Frontiers, New Opportunities"

Rose State College will present its acclaimed Short Course on Writing for the fourth consecutive year. In addition to offering a wealth of writing workshops and personal consultations, this course will address the new opportunities available to writers. Last year’s Short Course was attended by more than two hundred people. This year the College will expand the program even further with more presenters, more experts, and more pioneers in the brave new world of 21st-century publishing.

Organized by New York Times-bestselling author William Bernhardt, this conference will bring some of the nation’s most successful writers and industry experts to Oklahoma. More than thirty published writers, agents, editors, and others will present at the Short Course, led by Guest-of-Honor William Martin, the New York Times-bestselling author of historical novels such as The Lincoln Letter. The Oklahoma Author of the Year award will be presented to Mel Odom, author of both fiction and nonfiction books in almost every conceivable genre. Authors will share their secrets, experts will provide one-on-one consultations, and editors will talk with attendees interested in publishing their work.

This workshop will have something to help all writers who want to improve their work and publish to their best advantage. “It’s the Wild, Wild West out there,” one 2014 presenter remarked, because the book world seems to be in a period of dramatic change and explosive growth. These changes represent opportunities for savvy writers: the digital revolution, Big Five digital-only imprints, the boom of independent publishing, personalized book marketing, book subscription services, profitable fan fiction, phone fiction, multimedia books, crowd-sourced books, serialized books, enhanced eBooks, and writer-controlled audiobooks. All these new frontiers provide authors a chance to find their voice, to tell their stories, to discover their readers, and to achieve their writing dreams.


Faculty

The faculty will be headed by New York Times-bestselling author William Martin, Oklahoma Author of the Year Mel Odom, young adult sensation Tara Hudson, screenplay writer Andrew Stevens, journalist and nonfiction writer Pamela Olson, and many other special guests.


William Martin

William Martin

Mel Odom

Mel Odom

Lou Berney

Lou Berney

Lara Bernhardt

Lara Bernhardt

Terry Burns

Terry Burns

Mike Farris

Mike Farris

Sabrina Fish

Sabrina Fish

Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman

Sonia Gensler

Sonia Gensler

Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson

Callie Hutton

Callie Hutton

Rick Ludwig

Rick Ludwig

Robert Nelon

Robert Nelon

Jaz Primo

Jaz Primo

Chuck Sasser

Chuck Sasser

Carl Sennhenn

Carl Sennhenn

Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens

Patrick von Wiegandt

Patrick von Wiegandt

William Bernhardt - Executive Director

William Bernhardt - Executive Director

Contests

Entries for the 2015 Short Course Contests may be submitted at any time after the entrant has registered for the Short Course. The deadline for entries will be September 10, 2015. Winners will be announced September 18, 2015, at the Friday night program. There is no additional fee for entering the contests, and you may enter as many categories as you wish, but you may only enter one submission in each category, and you may not enter the same material in multiple categories.

The five categories are:

  • Fiction (short stories or novel segments),
  • Nonfiction (including memoir and journalism),
  • Poetry,
  • Flash Fiction,
  • Writing for Young Readers (including YA).

All submissions are limited to ten pages or fewer except Flash Fiction, which is limited to two pages. Entries must be submitted in the following format: double-spaced, Times New Roman, twelve-point font, one-inch margins on all sides. The title, author name, and category should appear on a cover sheet, but not on the manuscript pages. Manuscripts will not be returned. Portions of first-place winning entries may be read at the Friday-night program.

First place winners in each category will receive a $100 prize. Second place will be $50. The awarding of Honorable Mention prizes will be at the judges’ discretion.

The contests are only open to people who have registered for the Short Course. No manuscript that has been previously published, in print or electronically, may be submitted. Material that has previously won First Place at the Rose State Short Course may not be resubmitted.

Please do not include your registration or check with your contest entry.

Contest submissions should be sent to this address:

Rose State College, Attention: Community Learning Center,

6420 SE 15th Street,

Midwest City OK 73110.


Featured Presenters

Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson is the author the Hereafter Trilogy, a darkly romantic young adult series about ghosts, comprising Hereafter, Arise and Elegy. Her books have been translated and published in more than a dozen foreign countries.

Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens has produced and financed over 175 motion pictures, from micro-budget independents to mega-budget studio theatrical releases, from the hit comedy ”The Whole Nine Yards” to the cult classic, “The Boondock Saints”. The Hollywood Reporter called him “one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood.”

Mel Odom

Odom is the author of over 150 books. He received the American Library Association’s Alex Award in 2002 and was nominated for the Christy in 2005. He also has been inducted into the Professional Writers Hall of Fame. He’s written in numerous several genres, including both fiction and nonfiction. He will receive this year’s Oklahoma Author of the Year award.

Program

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6420 S.E. 15th Street.
Midwest City, OK 73110-2704
Phone: 405-733-ROSE (7673)
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