Shout the news from the rooftops, my friends, because I bear spectacular tidings for writers: Ooligan’s Write to Publish Conference approaches!

While writing conferences may be abundant, publishing conferences are scarce as hell. Enter Write to Publish, a forum that originated as an open house for Ooligan Press and Portland State University’s publishing program to collect donations. Write to Publish is now one in only a handful of conferences in the nation that educates authors on what to do with their writing.

Even writers with degrees in English will benefit from this conference. As an English graduate myself, I know most programs mainly include writing workshops and literature classes. Students feel lofty pondering the symbolism in Beowulf but know nothing about getting published, writing query letters, finding agents, or copyediting. Instead, students sink money into classes that primarily develop writing and interpretation skills, which are necessary but not very marketable when sold alone.

I’ll say it: no one wants to be a penniless, unpublished writer slinging lattes. Write to Publish is the writer’s ultimate resource, providing information about The Other Side—and even other day jobs in the field. The book publishing industry is packed with positions, from editors to agents, and they’ll all be represented at Write to Publish.

In previous years, the conference has hosted esteemed authors like Ursula K. Le Guin and Chuck Palahniuk and provided access to industry professionals from editors and designers to agents and publishers. This year’s theme is New Adult, and topics included digital publishing, series publishing, editor-author relationships, working with an agent, Young Adult genre writing, and more.

And if you thought it couldn’t get better, Anna Bannanas is catering!

Don’t miss this unique conference, happening one day only on February 15th, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Read Kyra Hearn’s blog post from November 12th for a full list of 2014 panelists, and check back at for more registration information coming soon.

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