Student Publishers Step into Genre

A One Day Conference That Seeks to Demystify the Publishing Process for Writers

By bePortland
Apr 20 8:28am

April 28th, 2012 will mark the fourth annual Write to Publish conference hosted by Portland State University’s Ooligan Press. Continuing with the same goal as past years—to demystify the publishing industry for aspiring writers—this year’s theme is Step into Genre. The one-day event being held in the Smith Memorial Student Union building at Portland State University will feature local genre authors such as Phillip Margolin, Chelsea Cain, Lilith St. Crow, Suzanne Young, Lisa Hendrix, Jay Lake, and William F. Nolan.

Write to Publish is a unique conference for writers as it is focuses on getting published rather than writing craft. This year’s event includes panels on everything from science fiction to thriller, fantasy to romance; every session is focused on providing writers with an inside look into the publishing industry, and includes plenty of time set aside for Q&A. Published writers will also share anecdotes of their experience in the industry and be available for book signings.

Ooligan Press is a trade-publishing house run by graduate students in the Master’s in Writing and Book Publishing program at Portland State University. The press and the program seek to train students in all aspects of publishing, whether it be editing, design, marketing, acquisitions, or digital content through collaboration and community. Write to Publish is an entirely student-run event that gives the graduates a well-rounded skillset and prepares them to be publishers who are interested in helping writers become authors.

Also attending the conference are authors Ken Scholes, P.R. Frost, Jason V. Brock, Isaac Marion, Colleen Houck, April Henry, Allison Moon, Jeff Burk, Inara Scott, and Amber Keyser. Local publishers, editors, designers, and other industry professionals will also be present to offer their advice and insight into the ever-changing world of publishing.

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