-- June 18 - 22, 2012  (Level 1)
-- June 23 - 27, 2012  (Level 2)
-- July 5 - 9, 2012  (Level 3)
-- July 16 - 20, 2012 (Reunion Class)
-- September 15 - 16, 2012
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Friends and Fellow Writers:

Since I rambled on about the small group seminars in my last newsletter, I thought I'd focus on the Rose State two-day conference this time.  Rose State is providing a wonderful benefit for this community: a two-day "Short Course" on writing subsidized by the College to keep the price low and affordable.  The folks at the College are aware that these are tough times for many in the artistic community, not to mention teachers and students, so they've agreed to cover the costs to such an extent that the complete two-day conference is only $99--and for teachers and students, it's only $39.  (For students at Rose State, it's free.)  That one low price includes everything: two days of programming targeting the serious professional writer, one-on-one meetings with agents, editors and writers, all contest entries, the Saturday night program/awards ceremony, and food/drink at the Saturday evening reception/booksigning.  As you may know, I travel to many conferences over the course of the year, and I have never seen one that had so much to offer so affordably priced.  Rose State has made that possible, so I hope you will all come out to support the program and thank them for providing this service to our writers and aspiring writers.

The theme for this conference is: The Writer in 2012: Navigating the Brave New World.  I probably don't need to tell you that books and publishing have undergone a radical transformation in the past few years.  You may be wondering how to get your work seen, as so many of the traditional routes seem to be disappearing, replaced by a deluge of small presses and self-publishers, ebooks and blogs and talk about author platforms (which is not a reference to a short writer's shoes).  A big part of the programming for the Short Course will be dedicated to educating people on the changing world, how to best break into modern publishing, and what to expect in the future.  So in addition to sessions on the art and craft of writing, we will also have knowledgeable people talking about modern publishing, marketing, traditional vs. nontraditional approaches, ebooks, blogs, social media, platforms and other related topics.  You may or may not like the direction publishing is taking, but by the time you leave, you should at least understand it.

I've had the pleasure of knowing Phillip Margolin for many years now, and I can tell you, there is not a nicer, more generous man in the business.  Sadly, I can't always say that, particularly with authors who have been as enormously successful as Phil has been, but I can say it about him.  While writing one New York Times-bestseller after another for more than three decades, he has maintained his commitment to others, staying active in the community, working with young people, and teaching aspiring writers.  His book Gone, But Not Forgotten remains a seminal work, often imitated, never duplicated.  And now you have a chance to meet him and learn from him.  Do you need any other reasons to come?  Other speakers include Micheal Wallis, who you may have recently seen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Book Award-winner Tim Tharp, nationally known poet Lauren Zuniga, and Michael Mason, editor of This Land (magazine and television show).

Someone at OWFI asked me how I select agents for these programs.  That's easy.  I look for people who work at the major agencies, but typically bring in the younger people there.  Why?  Because I want you to be represented by the best connected people in the profession, but I also want people who are actively looking for new clients, still building their list (as opposed to attending the conference for the honorarium because they need help paying the rent on their NYC apartment).  So for this program, I recruited Melissa Flashman from Trident Media Group, the largest and most successful literary agency in the world, and Chris Kepner from Victoria Sanders & Associates, a great guy at a terrific agency with a list of interests so diverse almost everyone attending could potentially attract his interest.  My goal is to help people find agents, so I look for agents who can make that happen.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Rose State, we're also offering Writing Contests for those attending the Short Course at no additional fee.  Yes, that means you can enter every category, if you're so inclined, at no additional cost.  The only requirement is that you register for the Short Course.  The winners in each category will receive cash prizes, starting at $100 for first place, and will be recognized at the Saturday night reception.  I hope you will take this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a wonderful opportunity.  Submission details for the contest can be found at the Rose State website or at mine: http://www.williambernhardt.com/rose_state.php.

And no, it's not too late to register for one of the Five-Day Small-Group Seminars I'm offering this summer.  This is my chance to work directly with a small number of writers on their work-in-progress.  If you've been working on something but sense that you might benefit from some input, this is the place to be.  I'll be offering Level 1 (where I recommend everyone begin), Level 2, Level 3, and a special reunion seminar for those who have taken the others but have something new they'd like to work on (the reunion is offered at a reduced cost and will meet fewer hours a day).  If you have any questions about the seminars, just shoot me an email (willbern@gmail.com) or call (405 683 2881).

I hope you saw something in this email that will help you on your publishing journey.  Keep writing--

William Bernhardt


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