Whidbey Island Writers Conference Returns for 15th Year

The 15th annual Whidbey Island Writers Conference,  October 25-27, puts an emphasis on the business aspects of writing with the addition of new speakers from Writer.ly and the Business of Books.

Kerry Colburn, a former Executive Editor of Chronicle Books in San Francisco, and Jennifer Worick, a former Editorial Director of Running Press in Philadelphia, from The Business of Books will offer information on book proposals and the publishing business. Kelsye Nelson, CEO and Co-Founder of Writer.ly, will speak along with Abigail Carter, co-founder of Writer.ly and author of The Alchemy of Loss.

Songwriter Ian Moore will spearhead a track on songwriting and lyrics, and writers Storme Webber, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Mary Willis will speak about defining the female voice in writing. Nicole Persun will lead a specific segment on writing for young adults. Keynote speakers Karen Finneyfrock, Randall Platt, and Sheila Roberts will set the tones each day.

The conference also continues their traditional chat houses and intimate conversations between writers and attendees.

Agents Andrea Hurst and Pooja Menon are among the faculty who will take pitches and help writers to refine their messages.