Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I'm Speaking at the Writing for Change Conference in San Francisco

Guess what? I'm going to be speaking about blogging at the Writing for Change Conference that I mentioned in my Writing to Change the World post earlier this month. When I contacted them about a possible bloggership for the Conference, they asked me to speak. Wahoo!

If you're interested in coming, the conference is August 23-25 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, which is known for its labyrinth. I'll be speaking at 3:30 pm on Friday.

Here is a little blurb about the Conference from their site:
"Writing for Change 2007 is a conference for writers of nonfiction books who believe that it is time for their book to be published. From the personal to the planetary. The San Francisco Writers Conference believes that great nonfiction is Changing the World One Book at a Time. This is why we are devoting this conference to empowering non-fiction writers who write for positive change in realms as diverse as the environment, spirituality, politics, health, technology, personal growth, business and the economy.
If you have a book or a vision that should be shared with others, then we want to increase your skills and your support system to create your pathway to publication. Attendees will have the chance to network, learn from and share their ideas with authors, agents, editors and publishing professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York."
The conference is being produced by a husband and wife literary agency, Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen. When I interviewed Elizabeth last week for the Big Vision Podcast, she described the publishing process as being like a labyrinth.
"You have to go through a labyrinth to get from your page, the computer, to the readers' eyes. And this is one of the things that we're going to help people do. Not only walk the labyrinth, but live the labyrinth of publishing."
I am looking forward to hearing Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal; Riane Ensler, author of the The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics; Starhawk, whose book Fifth Sacred Thing I often think about as water issues become increasing important; and Blanche Richardson, whose parents started Marcus Book Stores in Oakland and San Francisco, one of the oldest black bookstores in the United States (it's awesome).

For more info. about the conference go to www.sfwritingforchange.org, or call Elizabeth Pomada at (415) 673-0939. The conference fee is $395 and covers breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and a reception on Thursday evening.

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