Bestselling Authors, Editors and Agents to Hold Conference at Rose State College in Oklahoma City

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Rose State College’s two-day writing Short Course workshop, "The Writer in 2012: Navigating the Brave New World,” is slated September 15 – 16 at Rose State College campus in Oklahoma City, in the campus Professional Training Center. The cost of the Short Course is $99. Go to http://www.rose.edu/writing-short-course for more information.

New York Times Bestselling Author William Bernhardt is a featured instructor at Rose State College's professional writing Short Course in Oklahoma City.

We have first-rate agents coming. We have editors who are looking for people to write for various publications.

Rose State College’s two-day writing Short Course, "The Writer in 2012: Navigating the Brave New World,” is slated for September 15 – 16 at the Rose State College campus in Oklahoma City, in the Professional Training Center. The cost of the Short Course is $99.
             New York Times bestselling author William Bernhardt, organizer, said the conference will bring some of the nation's most successful writers and literary agents to Oklahoma to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. Authors will share their secrets and techniques on the art and craft of writing, while the editors and agents address the business side of writing.
    “That’s why I gave the program this title—Navigating the Brave New World,” Bernhardt said. “There are two tracks to the thing. One is a track about the art and craft of writing, for people who are writing but not sure where to go or how to start, and another is a track about the business of writing, for those who wonder if they need an agent, or need a publisher, or want to know if they can just upload their book and sell it online.”
A nationally bestselling author of twenty-nine books, Bernhardt began hosting an annual writing workshop in 2005. His nationally renowned writing seminars have educated numerous authors now published by major publishing houses. His published books include the acclaimed Ben Kincaid series (from Primary Justice in 1991 to Capitol Betrayal in 2011), Double Jeopardy, The Midnight Before Christmas, Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, Dark Eye, two children’s books and two anthologies he edited to raise funds for The Nature Conservancy and The Children’s Legal Defense Fund.
    In addition to Bernhardt, the conference faculty includes:

  •     New York Times-bestselling author Phillip Margolin
  •     New York City-based literary agents Melissa Flashman (Trident Media) and Chris Kepner (Victoria Sanders Agency)
  •     Historian and voice actor (Cars and Cars 2) Michael Wallis
  •     Random House editor David Pomerico
  •     Professor Tim Tharp, author of “The Spectacular Now” and other young adult novels
  •     Literary fiction writer Rilla Askew
  •     Poet and performance artist Lauren Zuniga
  •     Author and teacher J Madison Davis
  •     Adventure fiction author Mel Odom
  •     Fiction and nonfiction author John Wooley
  •     Humorist Barry Friedman
  •     Author and editor Michael Mason

Bernhardt said writers who attend the conference will get first-hand knowledge from these authors, editors and agents who have been to the writing mountain.
    “We have first-rate agents coming. We have editors who are looking for people to write for various publications. The main focus is on writing, though,” Bernhardt said. “The focus is on helping people fix what they write…let’s get the writing to a professional level. Then, once you’ve written your novel, we can go to the business end.”
    Students and faculty from educational institutions may attend the Rose State College Short Course at a discounted rate of $39, as part of Rose State College’s community mission. Attendees may register by phone with a credit card by calling 405-733-7392, or in person at the Rose State College Community Learning Center, 6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City OK 73110. For more information, visit http://www.rose.edu/writing-short-course.

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