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Carla Neggers and Robert Dugoni at 2012 Write on the Sound

The 27th annual event is Oct. 5-7 in Edmonds.

Two nationally known authors will be participating in the 27th annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference presented by the Edmonds Arts Commission. The event is Oct. 5-7 at the .

Carla Neggers, a New York Times bestselling romantic-suspense author, is the keynote speaker.  

Robert Dugoni, who writes legal thrillers, will lead a writing workshop.

A brochure will be available online July 31 at the Write on the Sound Web site. Registration begins Aug. 1. 

One of the premier writing conferences in the Pacific Northwest, WOTS offers an opportunity for writers of all levels to increase their knowledge of the craft, learn about a new genre or explore an aspect of the writing business.

In addition to more than 30 thirty different workshops on Oct. 6-7, this year’s conference has six preconference workshops in the afternoon on Oct. 5.

The preconference workshops include three writing and marketing workshops and three critique workshops.

Writing and marketing workshops

  • “(Memoir) The Call to Write: Unraveling Truth From Within,” presented by Stella Pope Duarte

Stella Pope Duarte is described as an author who “will enlarge humanity.” Let Their Spirits Dance (HarperCollins, 2002) won her a place on Oprah’s list. Recipient of a 2009 American Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her novel If I Die in Juárez, (2008, University of AZ Press), she is hailed as a “major, new literary voice in America.” She teaches creative writing for colleges and universities in Arizona.

  • “You’ve Got the Power: Story Telling Techniques to Bring Your Novel to Life,” presented by Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times bestselling author of the David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. He has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” and the “heir to Grisham’s literary throne.” His work has been selected as picks of Library Journal and finalists for the Harper Lee Award.

  • “Social Media Critique– Small Group and One-On-One Consultations,” presented by Ron Gompertz

Ron Gompertz is the indie author of No Roads Lead to Rome and The Expat’s Pajama’s-Barcelona. He focuses the other side of his brain on optimizing every aspect of Amazon.com and unlocking the basic keys to social media marketing.

Critique Workshops

These offer an opportunity to work closely with a published author in the genre of your choosing. You will also receive feedback on your work from the instructor and from other students in a structured, small workshop format. All three instructors teach in the English department at Edmonds Community College.  

  • Nonfiction: Presented by Marcia Woodard
  • Fiction: Presented by Dan Hurley
  • Poetry: Presented by Holly Hughes              

Write on the Sound is limited to about 250 participants. Early registration through Sept. 4 is $127 for two days. The regular rate $147. The preconference workshops are $70. For more information, go to www.writeonthesound.com or call 425-771-0228.

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