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ALL DAY WRITERS WORKSHOP at Dewitt Theater, Auburn, CA
Sunday, March 30, 2014
9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost per attendee $30.00
($5.00 of each ticket will go to efforts to save the historic Dewitt Theater built in 1944. Purchase tickets below for Early Bird price, by hitting the yellow button. Tickets sold at the door will be $40.00.)
9:00- 9:30- Registration
Sign in for those who’ve purchased tickets online and also “at-the-door” tickets purchases.
9:45- 10:45- “You: Live and In Person” ─ Public Speaking for Those Who’d Rather Stay Home and Write
Most of us writers (introverts at heart!) cringe at the thought of public speaking and yet we’re told it’s a vital aspect of book promotion. Novelist/stage director Amanda McTigue offers playful techniques to help make live appearances more fun for you and a whole lot more fun (and effective) for your audiences.
11:00- 12:00- Making Your Book a Bestseller is a Matter of How Far You Can Walk
We’ve often heard it said that, “All you have to do is write a good book.” Hah. If you look at some of the books on the bestsellers’ lists, you know that’s not the case. Making your book a bestseller is a matter of knowing who your audience is and figuring out how to reach them. Susanna Solomon talks about the many ways she came up with of selling her book and how you can modify them and apply them to your own work.
12:00 - 1:30- lunch
Please visit one of the many lovely restaurants in the Auburn, CA area. A list of suggestions is provided at the registration desk. (Check for restaurants offering specials for our Save Dewitt Theater Writers Workshop Attendees.)
1:30- 2:20- Self Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, Traditional (Legacy) Publishing: What You’ve Been Told About Them is Mostly Wrong
These days anyone with internet access can publish a book. That would be fine if they weren’t setting themselves up as experts and teaching classes about it. What you’re learning about the different types of publishing may be quite misleading. Author Patricia V. Davis, (also president of HD MEDIA PRESS Inc.) discusses and answers questions about the different types of publishing and what you can reasonably expect. A great talk to attend if you haven’t made a decision yet on what route you will go with your next work or if you’re looking for ways to optimize the choice in publishing you’ve already made.
2:35 - 3:35- So, You’d Like to Be on the Radio, Eh?
Those of us who tune into KRCB’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers are familiar with not only the melodious tone of host Gil Mansergh’s voice, but the interesting authors he invites on his program; “interesting” being the key word. In this session, Gil discusses what he looks for in guests, how he prepares for guest appearances and what you can do to make yourself and your book more appealing to radio talk show hosts like him.
3:50 - 5:00- Getting Book Events in Retail Bookshops is Not (as) Impossible (as it seems.) Even if You’re Self-Published.
To paraphrase Bill and Ted, you published a book: Excellent! Your local bookshop turned you down for an event: Bogus! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Patricia V. Davis’s book events pack the room, much to the booksellers’ delight. How does she do it? In this session she discusses how she’s made her relationship with local retail bookshops into an excellent adventure rather than a bogus journey and how you, or even an esteemed colleague, such as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, can do the same.
5:00 – 6:00 Reading and Refreshments
Authors will read short segments from their books and refreshments will be served.
ABOUT THE SAVE THE DEWITT THEATER WRITERS’ WORKSHOP
A day-long writers’ workshop, given by authors Patricia V. Davis, Gilbert Mansergh, Amanda McTigue and Susanna Solomon, will help raise money for Renee Berg’s effort to save the historic Dewitt Theater in Auburn from destruction for use as part of a new Costco’s parking lot. Renee’s goal is to have the theater turned into a museum and historical landmark and the authors’ aim is to help her accomplish that.
Why? This 70 year old theater, that housed great performers such as Bob Hope and Dottie Lamour, still has its stage, seats, marquee and roll down movie screen from its original 1944 construction. During WWII when the USO came through to entertain our wounded soldiers flown into Sacramento from Europe and the Pacific, soldiers were able to run their wheelchairs down the connected hallways from the medical wards directly into the theater so that they could enjoy live entertainment and movies up until the end of WWII.
Between 1947 and 1972, the DeWitt Theater served the patients and staff of the DeWitt State Hospital. Patients who attended the theater included the well-known boxer Max Baer, as well as artist Martin Ramirez, who included an interior view of the theater stage in his some of his artwork.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Dewitt Theater was run by Connie Burke, who would often give free movie tickets to local students who received good grades. A photo of Connie posted on the Save Dewitt Theater Facebook page received dozens of comments of love and remembrance for her.
Since 1998, Music and More Arts Academy, developed by Kay Coder, has leased the theater to give classes to young children in a program called Miniature Musicians. The academy evolved into an integrated arts school offering vocal, instrumental, acting, dance and live theater for all ages. Music and More has produced over 400 Children’s and Community Theater shows to date.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP SPEAKERS
Gilbert Mansergh is the author of over sixty non-fiction books, two syndicated film columns, and a movie blog. Gil is also the producer/host of the Word By Word: Conversations With Writers radio show on Sonoma County’s NPR station, KRCB-FM. Gil’s novel, The Marvelous Journals of Miss Virginia Pettingill is fictionalized from true stories told by his mother. Gil is also the co-director of The Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference. www.gilmansergh.com
Amanda McTigue, author of Going to Solace, is also a director and creative consultant whose stage works have appeared in Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Opera and the Green Music Center. She spent years as an Executive Producer for Paramount Entertainment/Viacom coordinating multi-million-dollar productions including the Titanic™ World Tour, Entertainment Tonight™ Live, and Star Trek™: The Experience.™ A Yale graduate, Amanda draws on her background in both art and commerce as a creative consultant for such clients as Walt Disney Entertainment, Thinkwell Design and the Hettema Group, collaborating on development projects across the United States, Japan, Korea, Costa Rica and Dubai. Amanda makes frequent author appearances at book clubs and writers’ events throughout the country. amandamctigue.com
Susanna Solomon's fun short story collection, Point Reyes' Sheriff's Calls was published in December 2013. Out for only two months, the book is headed towards the bestsellers' list in part due to Susanna's creative marketing techniques, a skill she’s learned from working with companies large and small as an engineering consultant in her own business designing electrical systems. Susanna has worked on everything from high-end residences to industrial buildings. Her debut short story collection was recently featured on the front page of the Marin Independent Journal. www.susannasolomon.com
Patricia V. Davis is a bestselling author whose latest work, a full-length women's fiction with the working title, "Cooking for Ghosts and Lost Lovers" has just been completed. Patricia also founded The Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference, now going into its third year. A former English teacher who holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Education, Patricia conducts week long writing workshops overseas for the adventurous writer. An online consultant for Writers Digest University, Patricia is known in the publishing industry for her literary marketing and promotion skills. She was recently the featured author at "Divas' Day Out," Las Vegas's largest women's event. www.thedivadoctrine.com
Please note: A special rate has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Auburn for attendees who wish to stay overnight in Auburn. Contact: Holiday Inn Auburn, 120 Grass Valley Hwy. Auburn, CA, 95603 TEL: 530.887.8787ex 400 and ask for the Dewitt Theaters Writers Workshop Discount. Many thanks to Renee Berg and Tami Caufield.