"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.