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LitChat Literary Salon September 16, 2012

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It’s here. The LitChat Literary Salon is a revolutionary bridge between the virtual and the actual, a live literary discussion and virtual writers’ workshop in partnership with The Betsy Hotel-South Beach and LitChat.

The Literary Salon series features live readings and presentations from respected authors and literary arts leaders, plus Twitter sessions with published writers and agents. The two-day writing, reading and literary discussion series occurs September 18-19, 2012.

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons during the Literary Salon series, LitChat founder, Carolyn Burns Bass, will moderate a writer’s workshop through Twitter. Participants can expect exceptional writing tips and publishing information from notable authors who will tweet through a dedicated hashtag: #LitChatBetsy.

Wednesday afternoon, 5-7 pmET in the Lobby Salon of The Betsy, we’ll hold our first-ever Tweet-up. If you’re anywhere near Miami on this date, we hope you’ll stop in for some light refreshments and face-to-face greetings.

Twitter Workshop Schedule for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time Author Instructor Topic
2 – 2:55 p.m. ET Debra Marrs, author Descriptive Layering Using A Writer’s Notebook (or Journal)
3 – 3:55 p.m. ET Tasha Alexander, author
Joe Wallace, author
Research techniques for fiction
4 – 4:55 p.m. ET  

Twitter Workshop schedule for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Time Author Instructor Topic
2 – 2:55 p.m. ET Lesley Kagan, author Setting
3 – 3:55 p.m. ET Jason Skipper, author Character POV
4 – 4:55 p.m. ET Jennifer Weltz, literary agent with Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Query critiques

Later each evening, a live Literary Salon will be held in The Betsy’s B-Bar with notable authors and publishing professionals presenting and discussing their work.

Live Literary Salon in B-Bar at The Betsy: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Historical Fiction for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Historical fiction appeals to readers of all ages. In this session we’ll discuss such ideas as how historical fiction has changed through the years, reflecting the mores of the present through the lens of the past; how historical fiction creates bridges between generations; how historical fiction differs from fact-based reportage, essay or narrative non-fiction.

Debra Dean Patricia Engel Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Live Literary Salon in B-Bar at The Betsy: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Art of Community

Art informs art and artists support artists. Join us for this lively session where we’ll discuss the inter-connectedness of the literary arts and the importance of and power in a writers’ community.

Les Standiford Keith Cronin P Scott Cunningham

Click here to view the dedicated Literary Salon website.


Topic of the Week: The Craft of Writing November 15, 2009

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Join the campaign to promote book sales this holiday season. Go to http://bit.ly/W8DsW and drape your Twitter avatar with a BOOKS ARE GREAT GIFTS twibbon.

Writing is more than just lining up words on a page in the attempt to convey an idea, reveal a fact or tell a story. Good writing is more than just grammatically perfect sentences one after another. Writers worth their ink know that behind every good book is great editing. The editing process begins with the writer. Some writers self-edit as they compose, while others concentrate on the flow and concept as they complete their manuscripts. No matter their writing habits and preferences, the successful writer knows that writing needs editing and it begins with oneself. This week in LitChat we’ll discuss the craft of writing and self-editing.


Renni Browne

On Friday, November 20, Renni Browne joins us as guest host of LitChat. Renni is co-author (with Dave King) of the writing handbook, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. There are many good books on the writing craft, but few tackle the nuts and bolts of what to cut, what to keep, and how to make it better.

Renni has edited fiction and nonfiction at several prestigious publishing houses, including a stint as senior editor at William Morrow. Citing a lack of time to effectively edit the titles she acquired, Renni left mainstream publishing in 1979 and founded The Editorial Department in 1980.

In 1991 she and Dave King wrote Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, now in its fifth printing and second edition from HarperCollins. She has written book reviews and magazine articles and appeared on NPR.LitChat-Self-Editing

Over the years Renni has given lectures, workshops, and seminars around the country on self-editing, dialogue, getting published, and other topics of interest to writers. She’s originally from Charlotte, NC, and now lives in Asheville with two cats. Hobbies include old-time music festivals, walks in the mountains, and reading fiction. She especially enjoys Elizabeth George’s and Lee Smith’s fiction.

Renni will be tweeting during LitChat as @EditorialDept.