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WIW Washington Writers Conference, May 16-17, Natl. Press Club  Ken Reigner
 May 11, 2003 15:26 PDT 

               Washington Post "Book World" Editor Marie Arana
           To Keynote WIW Washington Writers Conference, May 16-17

      WASHINGTON--Washington Post "Book World" editor Marie Arana will
deliver the keynote speech at the 24th annual Washington Writers Conference
Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at the National Press Club in Washington.

      The conference is sponsored by Washington Independent Writers (WIW),
a nonprofit professional association of 1,400 writers, editors and
journalists in the Washington area. Founded in 1975, it is the largest
regional writers organization in the country.

      Cosponsoring the event are the National Press Club and the White
House News Photographers' Association, which will be exhibiting
prize-winning photographs at the conference at the National Press Club, 529
14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

      Arana is author of the memoir, "American Chica: Two Worlds, One
Childhood," a finalist for the National Book Award. She will speak Friday,
May 16, during the 7 p.m. opening plenary session.

      Arana is editor of the anthology, "The Writing Life: Writers on How
They Think and Work, a Collection from the Washington Post 'Book World,'"
published this month.

      The conference opening session will also feature several award
presentations, including the first annual Washington Writing Prizes.

      John F. Baker, vice president and editorial director of Publishers'
Weekly, will be the plenary speaker at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 17. He will
address current trends in the publishing industry.

      Howard Means, former senior editor of Washingtonian magazine and
author of "The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady and the All-Night Swimmer"
(with Susan Sheehan) and "Colin Powell: A Biography," will deliver
Saturday's luncheon address at 1 p.m. Means will give a lighthearted view
of his transition from staff writer to full-time freelancer.

      The White House News Photographers' Association will present a
preconference workshop on photojournalism and an exhibit of award winners
from its "Eyes of History" photo contest.

      Conference highlights include:

      - Workshops on topics such as genre fiction, writing for children,
magazine markets, small press publishing, memoirs/biography, marketing
first fiction, a literary agents' roundtable, new research tools,
self-editing and new marketing strategies.

      - Preconference workshops Friday, May 16, on proposal and grant
writing, effective query letters, reinventing your career and Web site
design for writers.

      - One-on-one pitch sessions and group breakfasts with literary agents
from around the country for WIW, National Press Club and White House News
Photographers' Association members.

      - Opportunities for informal networking throughout the conference,
especially at lunch and at the Friday and Saturday evening receptions.

      More information about WIW and the conference is available at
<www.washwriter.org> or from the WIW office, 733 15th St. N.W., Suite 220,
Washington, DC 20005, (202) 737-9500, fax (202) 638-7800 or
<mailto:writersco-@washwriter.org> (writersco-@washwriter.org).

      WIW also sponsors an Internet-based Listserv e-mail discussion list,
WIW-L. For a free subscription, send an e-mail message to
<mailto:list-@cmich.edu> (list-@cmich.edu) and, in the body of the
message, type "subscribe WIW-L your name" (without the quotation marks).

      Please forgive any cross-posts.

Ken Reigner                                    www.CompuMediaUSA.com
President                                      Ke-@CompuMediaUSA.com
Washington Independent Writers          mailto:Ke-@CompuMediaUSA.com
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