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Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 9:00 AM

Write to Publish: Step Into Genre

Admission: Full Day $80, Individual panel $25, Author Stage $10

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Union

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April 28th, 2012 will mark the fourth annual Write to Publish conference hosted by Ooligan Press of Portland State University. This year’s theme is Step into Genre, and the conference will feature local genre authors, including Phillip Margolin, Chelsea Cain, Lilith St. Crow, Lisa Hendrix, Jay Lake, and William F. Nolan.

Continuing with the same goal as past years—to demystify the publishing industry for aspiring writers—this year’s conference will also include workshops and author presentations centered on genre publishing. One of the only conferences in the country focused on publishing rather than writing, Write to Publish 2012 will be a whirlwind journey through everything from science fiction to thriller, fantasy to romance. There will be no author readings here: every session is focused on providing writers an inside look into the publishing industry. Where closed doors and big east coast publishers have kept this side of writing a thing of mystery, Write to Publish aims to shed some light.

This goal falls in sync with Ooligan Press’ own ethos. As a trade publishing house run by the graduate students in the Master’s in Writing and Book Publishing at Portland State University, Ooligan is all about preparing future publishers. The press and the program seek to train students in all aspects of publishing, whether it be editing, design, marketing, acquisitions, or digital content. The graduates of Ooligan Press will be the kind of publishers who are interested in helping writers become authors.

Also attending the conference are authors Ken Scholes, P.R. Frost, Jason V. Brock, Colleen Houck, April Henry, Allison Moon, Jeff Burk, Inara Scott, Virginia Euwer Wolff, and Amber Keyser. Some of the speakers include Cassiel Knight, Jenna Bayley-Burke, Terri Reed, and Delilah Marvelle of the Rose City Romance Writers, as well as Michelle McCann, Marcy Darcy of RainTown Press, Lucy Softich of Whirl About and RainTown Press, James Beach of Dark Discoveries, Amanda Gomm of Digital Bindery, and more. Several local businesses will also be present, including Relium Media, Digital Bindery, RainTown Press, the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Dark Discoveries magazine, the Rose City Romance Writers, and Eraserhead Press.

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