Author Claudette Milner Joins Triple Crown Publishing Author Mallori McNeal, Washington Post Intern Virgil Dickson in Workshop at WOW Conference

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Claudette Milner, Mallori McNeil and Virgil Dickson will conduct a dynamic workshop for young adults at the WOW conference in Tampa Florida September 15, 2007 The conference will be held at the QUORUM Hotel September 14th - Sept. 15th.The Young Writer's Workshop will be held from 10:30 AM until 3:00 PM.The workshop will include a complimentary lunch.

Author Claudette Milner joins Crown Publishing author Mallori McNeal and Washington Post intern Virgil Dickson in offering a dynamic workshop for young adults at the WOW conference in Tampa, FL on 09/15/07.

Wizards of Words will hold its annual conference in Tampa, Florida September 14th and 15th at the Quorum Hotel located at 700 N. Westshore Blvd. The conference will include Raleigh Pinksey, Tom Dorsey, Muldania Press publishers Daniel Reitz & Bob Sanders, and other editors and agents.

The Young Writers Workshop will be held on September 15, 2007 from 10:30 AM until 3:00 PM. There will be a complimentary lunch included from 11:30am - 1:30pm which will include guest speaker Bob Sanders. His topic will be "How to Get a Publisher to say Yes".

If you've imagined yourself writing the next expose on the president, being the next Stephen King, or simply enjoy writing, this is the workshop for you. The Presenters will be Virgil Dickson, Mallori McNeil and Claudette Milner. No matter what your interest, poetry, short story, or journalism we have a stage for you. Cost for the workshop is $25.00 until 08/31/2007 and $40.00 until September 15th. Student ID must be shown.

Virgil Dickson is currently working as a metro intern for the Washington Post. A recent graduate of DePaul University with a BA in journalism, he is now living his dream. Mr. Dickson made this statement, "The way to make it in this business is to truly have the fire for it, and not be bogged down by geographical constrictions. Let your passion lead you. I have incorporated this reasoning in finding my internships. For my first professional journalism gig, I went to upstate New York and worked at singer Mariah Carey's summer camp as a teacher's assistant in the journalism classes. While there I taught the kids proper interview techniques. Oh and yes I got to meet Mariah Carey."

Mr. Dickson has completed internships with the Chicago Journal, Chicago Tribune, the Austin American Statesman, and the Daily Herald.

Mallori McNeal began writing at age 14 before entering into her freshman year at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. There she studied poetry and went on to complete her very first novel titled "A Down Chic". It was published in the summer of 2005 by Triple Crown Publications. Mallori is now completing her second book "The Set Up", which is a sequel to the first and is expected to be released this summer.

In the new novel, Amina is back and ready for a fresh start. Her life has been in a turmoil for too long, now all she wants is to put the pieces back together and be happy. But will that be possible when she discovers the secrets of her past? Regret and heartbreak follow when Amina discovers the truth about the man she loves - happily ever after seems impossible. Join Amina on a journey of more drama and emotion than even she ever expected.

Claudette Milner, the author of "Children of Plains Estates", is a former educator and CRA officer. She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ms. Milner has completed her second book and it will be released in 2007.The sequel can only be described as provocative, thought provoking and timely. Book two will examine story lines in which no American author has dared to write about in one book for young adult readers. Milner will explore the after effects of pedophilia in the Catholic Church with a congruent storyline of a young boy molested by his father through the eyes of Alan Bates and Cuban-born Alejandro Rodriquez. One survivor will go through a journey of faith while the other will seek justice in his own way. The reader will be challenged to confront his own stereotypes and prejudice against Mexican Americans. Economic lines will be drawn in this close community when a strike puts management against laborers and neighbors against neighbors. The role of the church and its own hypocrisy will be examined. The role of the Jehovah Witness during the Holocaust will be openly discussed as a Jew and a Jehovah Witness both tell their stories of survival.

Ms. Milner has traveled extensively since the release of her first book attending various book signings and literary events. She has been interviewed by the Charlotte Post and the Pasco County News. Articles have been written in the New York Review, Black Coffee Magazine, Chicago Creative Times and other local papers. Ms. Milner has been a guest on Global Talk Radio, Dr. Maxine Thompson Show; Let's Talk Honestly hosted by George Cooper and Street Beat shown on Public television in Charlotte, NC. She has spoken at Author-thons and visited schools to speak with children in order to promote literacy.

Ms. Milner made this statement about the workshop. "It is my pleasure to combine my efforts with these two young adults. Every day we read about youth in trouble especially African Americans. The press spends valuable time and energy reporting stories on out of control celebrity teens instead of focusing on the positive role models in our community. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage our youth and to present positive career options. It is the dream of most writers to see their work in print. My dream is to make a difference in the lives of children and teens through my writing. My family laughs at the numerous jobs that I have had throughout my life but I now realize that the positions I have held have given me insight into the struggles and victories of our youth."

For registration information visit http://www.wizardsofwords.org

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