Pre-Conference Workshops

Stories From the Heart

Writing a memoir? Planning to publish your lifestory or a novel? Our pair of back-to-back Friday afternoon workshops will give your work a powerful boost and help you find the right path to publication.


Len Leatherwood

How to Improve Your Writing and Get Published: Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir
with Len Leatherwood

Explore the fundamentals of flash, pieces under 1200 words, and the growing demand for both flash fiction and flash memoir in print and online. Discover the benefits of writing flash for greater clarity, succinctness, and resonance in both shorter and longer pieces.

Nationally honored writing teacher and Pushcart nominee, Len Leatherwood has published flash fiction/flash memoir in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, and numerous literary journals. Incorporating short lecture and writing practice exercises, Len will show participants the ins and outs of this popular genre as well as share with them current publishing opportunities. Other benefits include the following:

  • Understanding and applying elements of flash
  • Writing with greater precision, authenticity and tone
  • Using flash techniques in longer pieces of writing
Go here to register.


Susan Wittig Albert

Paths to Publishing
with Susan Wittig Albert

Authors today have more options for publishing their work than ever before. But which route is right for you, given your level of writing/publishing experience, your time-and-money resources, and the kind of project you are considering?

Experienced author/publisher Susan Wittig Albert discusses the current publishing environment and helps you chart your course along four different paths to publishing. She will discuss the current publishing environment, answer your questions, and help you figure out what you need to know before you finish that book. In this interactive seminar, we will look at:

  • traditional publishing,
  • independent and small-press publishing,
  • hybrid publishing, and
  • author publishing.
You will learn about the pros and cons and challenges of each of these publishing paths, as well as costs, pre- and post-publishing tasks, and marketing strategies. Come with questions. Expect answers—and plenty of information! Go here to register.