I know that I’ve written about the Breathe Conference before, but since it is happening this week, I wanted to toss another plug for it onto my blog.
The Breathe Conference is a writer’s conference unlike other writers’ conferences. That is to say, while it still has sessions with amazing speakers that talk about the many aspects of the writing life, it is a conference where writers feel welcomed, supported, and worthwhile. I’ve been to some conferences where you walk away from a session feeling lost and intimidated. The Breathe Conference isn’t that. Attendees come away encouraged and with the tools they need to make their writing dreams published realities.
The main speaker for this year’s Breathe Conference is Terry Whalin. When I heard that, I said, “Who is Terry Whalin?” A common response, I think. But when I read the biography from his website (posted below), I feel a bit foolish for not being familiar with him before now.
W. Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk–as an editor and a writer. He worked as a magazine editor and his magazine work has appeared in more than 50 publications. A former literary agent, Terry is an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. He has written more than 60 books through traditional publishers in a wide range of topics from children’s books to biographies to co-authored books. Several of Terry’s books have sold over 100,000 copies. Terry’s newest book, JUMPSTART YOUR PUBLISHING DREAMS, INSIDER SECRETS TO SKYROCKET YOUR SUCCESS is packed with insight. Also Terry has an innovative online training course to help authors effectively connect with literary agents and editors called Write A Book Proposal. Terry is a popular speaker and teacher at numerous writers’ conferences and an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
I’m looking forward to this weekend. My friend Bob and I will be there Friday night to hear Terry speak. I’m pretty sure that the title for Friday night’s talk is “Never, Never, Never Give Up”, but I could be reading the schedule wrong. Anyway, it sounds like a good session and a good reminder if nothing else.
I’m probably just as excited to hear Alison Hodgson open for Terry. I’ve been reading and enjoying Alison’s blog (olderthanjesus.blogspot.com) ever since I found out she had a blog. I’m proud to count Alison among my friends-who-are-also-writers, and can honestly tell you that she is one of the funniest people I know. But she’s also had a bunch of bad stuff happen to and around her, so she is also one of the most poignant people I know. I don’t know if she’ll be doing a funny talk or a serious talk, but I do know that whatever it is, it’ll be good.
It isn’t too late to sign up for Breathe. I hope to see you there!