BlogHer, one of the Internet’s best known sites for women bloggers and blogs of interest to women is offering a one day conference for “writers ready to use social media skills as authors”
The conference is sponsored by Penguin Publishing, home to such imprints as The Penguin Press, Penguin, Berkley Books, and The Viking Press among others. Many of the speakers and mentors for the event will be Penguin staff, authors or agents who have successfully worked with Penguin in the past. Penguin’s imprints represent a broad range of authors and titles, for example, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World by Alan Greenspan and Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great by Judy Blume.
BlogHer Writers ‘ll is structured to be a mix of large group learning and small group mentoring and brainstorming. According to Erin Groh, from BlogHer, “[A]ttendance is capped at 200 people, including our speakers and small group leaders/mentors. We intentionally keep this event small to foster a sense of intimacy and in depth networking.”
Who should attend? Bloggers and other social media writers looking to expand their writing outlets. Groh says “As bloggers, our audience are already experienced writers in the online and social media fields. This conference is an opportunity to help them leverage that experience to break into more traditional publishing.”
Writers ’11 will be held Friday October 21, 2011 at the Hilton New York. A welcome reception will be held the night before from 6pm – 8pm. The cost is $199 (+ a $5.97 processing fee) per person. Conference details are at http://www.blogher.com/blogher-writers-11. Registration information can be found at http://blogherwriters11.eventbrite.com/. BlogHer has a block of rooms at the Hilton for $299 per night. There is also a conference community where you can find a roommate, discuss conference expectations and meet other attendees before the event.
What do you think? Are you attending? Why? Why not?
Disclosure: Information presented here is for educational purposes only. NHWN has no relationship with BlogHer or Penguin.
Lee Laughlin is a writer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com. Her words have appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe.