Jeanette Windle – Journalist, Political/Suspense Novelist, World Traveler


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Award-winning author and journalist, Jeanette Windle, will be at the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Jeanette will hold three craft sessions: 

Using the Six Senses Purposefully

A Story to Tell – Your Own or Another’s

The A to Z of Writing a Sellable Article

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As daughter of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist, Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Tyndale House Publishers release Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist, sequel Freedom’s Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist, and Congo Dawn, 2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year, the political/suspense best seller “CrossFire” and the Parker Twins juvenile mystery series.


Saturday March 14, 2020

Using the Six Senses Purposefully

Bring Your Storytelling Alive! Fiction or non-fiction, effective telling of the story is what transports your reader into the world you want to share. And this is done most effectively through the six senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, and that all-important sixth sense of the writer–emotion. Bring pen, paper and creativity because this will be a hands-on exercise.

A Story to Tell – Your Own or Another’s

Non-fiction biography is the bread-and-butter of freelance writing. Whether writing your own memoir or someone else’s life story, this workshop will walk you through the practicalities of breaking down, organizing, and weaving into story form a compelling life narrative. Not writing a full book? Principles apply as well to the personal experience short story/article.

The A to Z of Writing a Sellable Article

Where to find material or choose a topic? What makes an attention-grabbing lead and headline? What to include and how to organize? A great conclusion or just petering out? Taught by a twenty-year-veteran missions journalist and editor, this workshop lays out in practical steps how to turn out consistently exciting, tightly written articles, no matter your theme or subject matter.




“Jeanette Windle is a top-notch storyteller”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“You can’t finish a Windle novel without being deeply moved and better informed about the world around you.”—ROMANTIC TIMES


Jeanette Windle is profiled on Goodreads, and her books are available on Amazon.


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Carrie Turansky – Author of Pure, Inspirational Romance


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Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author, Carrie Turansky, will be at the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Carrie will hold three craft sessions: 

Grab the Reader in the First Chapter

Write Faster, Write More

Bringing History to Life

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Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. Carrie was born and raised in Oregon, and she says her heart longs for tall evergreens, the rugged Oregon Coast, and the pristine Cascade Mountains. But presently she lives in beautiful central New Jersey. She and her husband have settled close to Princeton University, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Her first book was published in 2005, and she has written twenty novels and novellas published since then. Before that, she wrote several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction is her passion, and she thanks the Lord for the creative ideas and characters He puts in her mind and heart.

When she is not writing you will find her enjoying time with my family, working outside in her flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near her home.


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An Interview with Carrie Turansky

By Conference Chairman – Charles Kiernan

Question: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from rejections?

Carrie: The most important lesson I learned from rejections was to never give up. Learning to write fiction takes time and practice. They say you must put in 10,000 hours of hard work to become an expert at any skill, and I believe that’s true of writing. Most successful authors write a few books before the first one is published. That was true for me. I wrote five complete novels and one novella before Wherever Love Takes Us was accepted for publication. We learn to write by writing, and rejection is part of the process. I think one mistake beginning writers make is to finish one book, and then continue revising it forever. I encourage beginning writers to finish that first book and submit it. Then write the next book and the next! That’s the best way to continue improving your skills and growing as a writer.

Q: Do you have a disciplined writing routine? If so, what does it include?

C: I find setting a weekly word count goal has been very helpful for me. A weekly word count goal gives me some flexibility, but still keeps me moving forward at a good pace to meet the deadline. I use My Book Progress, which is a WordPress plugin, to help me keep track of my word count and chart my progress for each writing session. I am more focused in the morning, so I try to use that time to get most of my writing done. If I still need to meet my daily word count, I’ll keep writing into the afternoon. I rarely write at night because by then I’m tired and I just don’t think as clearly.

Q: Share the strangest source of inspiration for your writing that you can remember.

C: One day I was visiting the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC with my family and I saw a poster for the first International Air Meet in France in 1909. That piqued my interest to do research about early aviation, and that led to me writing Across the Blue, the story of a young aviation pioneer who wanted to build an airplane that would allow him to be the first to fly across the England Channel. That was a fun story to write, and it went on to final in a national writing award.

Q: Who is your favorite main character you’ve ever created and why?

C: My favorite character is Julia Foster, the heroine of The Governess of Highland Hall. She is inspired by two women: Jane Eyre and Amy Carmichael, who was a missionary to India in the late 1800s. I loved weaving ideas from these two women’s lives into Julia’s character. Julia comes from a loving family and has a strong faith. That motivates her to look at family relationships in a very different way than they usually were in upper-class English families during the Edwardian era. Those aspects of her character created interesting conflicts and challenges for Julia and Sir William Ramsey, the widowed hero of the story, who is raising two young children and has the guardianship of his two teenage nieces. I enjoyed writing Julia and William’s story, and readers seemed to really identify with them.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

C: I’d love to take another research trip to England and visit the Lake District, where I’d like to set my next historical series. I spent a few days there on my last trip, and I loved the quiet beauty of the lakes and countryside. We visited Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, and Wordsworth’s home and school. There’s so much more I’d love to see and explore in that area of England!


Saturday March 14, 2020

Grab the Reader in the First Chapter:

This workshop will show you how to polish your novel’s first chapter so you can hook your reader, with tips on setting the scene using the five senses, weaving in back story, establishing your characters, showing their goals and motivation, making characters likable and sympathetic, and more.

Write Faster – Write More

Don’t get stuck staring at a blank page! In this workshop I share ten strategies to help every writer increase their focus and speed so they can consistently write more and reach their writing goals.

Bringing History to Life

In this Workshop learn how to find great characters and plot ideas for your historical novels. You’ll discover how to balance in-depth research with great story telling, especially what to leave out, what to weave in, and how to know the difference between the two. You’ll be equipped to transport readers to your time period and bring your story to life!


Carrie Turansky has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: “Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn’t put it down!” . . . “Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written” . . . “My new favorite author!”

You can find all of Carrie’s books listed on Goodreads and Amazon.


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Harrison Demchick – Author, Editor, Filmmaker, and Musician


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Harrison Demchick, Author, Editor, Filmmaker, and Musician, will join us at the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Harrison will facilitate 3 sessions.

Bad Math: How the Right and Left Brains Work Together

It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine

The Blueprint, or Building the Perfect Draft



Raised on a steady diet of magical realism, literary fiction, science-fiction, and Spider-Man comics, Harrison Demchick spent most of his formative years inside his own head, working out strange thoughts and ideas that would eventually make their way into stories, screenplays, and songs.

He went to Oberlin College to attain one of modern day’s most notoriously useless degrees, a BA in English with a creative writing concentration, but then actually used it, working for over a decade as a developmental editor of fiction and memoir. Harrison is also an optioned screenwriter, winner of the 2011 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, and an inaugural fellow of the Johns Hopkins University/Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund. His first film, Ape Canyon, is currently in production.

The Listeners, his first novel, was published by Bancroft Press in 2012. Otherguy, his debut EP, launched in 2018. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend and their two cats with a combined seven legs. He’s working on a series of short stories, a couple screenplays, a pair of musicals, a concept album, and whatever else keeps him distracted from the dark void that will one day consume us all.

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Meet Michael Ventrella – Writer, Editor, Lawyer, Musician, Wise Guy


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Author Michael Ventrella, will be at the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

He will offer three sessions.

How the Law Really Works

The Biggest Mistakes Made by New Authors

What Editors Look For

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Outside of writing, Mike worked primarily as a public defender; however, he also was a lobbyist for the liberal group Americans for Democratic Action (and later served as the Massachusetts chapter President for a year), taught political science courses at Bunker Hill Community College, and was a campaign manager for a state representative. Mike also wrote songs and performed in two prominent bands, Agent 99 and Big House, which played the major clubs in the Boston area and received airplay on local college radio.

Mike also started a magazine about animated films called Animato in the mid 80s which grew to be quite prominent. He was quoted in many publications as an animation expert, including Entertainment Weekly and in the book THE DREAM TEAM: THE RISE AND FALL OF DREAMWORKS by Daniel M. Kimmel.

In 1997, Mike and his wife, Heidi, moved to the beautiful Poconos, where Mike now works as an attorney. Heidi is a Niche award-winning artist whose work can be seen in galleries around the country and in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums all over the world, as well as on ABC TV’s To Tell the Truth. They love the pitter patter of little feet (they have five cats:  McGonigal, Mrs. Premise, Mrs. Conclusion, Doctor Who and River Song).

Mike is a regular fixture at science fiction conventions on the east coast, where he appears on panels to discuss fiction, animation, and gaming. However, to many people, he’s known primarily as the Guy Who Predicted The Hodor Plot Twist.

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Timons “Tim” Esaias Offers Full Day with Selected Elements of Style and Improving Prose


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Timons “Tim” Esaias, adjunct professor at Seton Hill University for the Masters level program in writing popular fiction, will open the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Thursday, March 12, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

He will conduct a two half-day sessions on Thursday, March 12:  

What to Put In & What to Take Out:

How to remove meaningless stuff from your prose, and put content back in.

Selected Elements of Style

Key rules, the genre differences, and how to think about the morass of conflicting advice 


Then on Saturday, March 14, Tim will facilitate four sessions: 

Getting Conflict on the Page

Don’t Be a Bobble Head

Those First Few Lines

Writing Poetry for Genre Markets




Timons Esaias lives in Pittsburgh, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, with his wife who is a physician. He writes satire, speculative fiction, poetry, and the occasional essay. His work has appeared in over a dozen different countries, and fifteen languages. He has been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award (1998) and the Rhysling Award (5 nominations, Third Place 1997), and he won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award for Poetry (2005). He is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange; a Member Demeritus of the Worldwrights; and a certified Rogue in Lair #1 of the Rascals, Rogues & Rapscallions.

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JD Barker, International Bestseller, Presenter and Keynote at the Write Stuff Writers Conference™


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JD Barker, international bestselling author, will be the headliner and Keynote Speaker at the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on March 13 -14 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Friday, March 13, JD will facilitate a Full Day Writing Development Workshop.

On Saturday, he will give sessions with From Indie to Traditional; Every Dirty Little Secret You Need to Know, and Crossing Genres – and Why You Should Do It!



J.D.Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

J.D. Barker has successfully crossed over from horror, to paranormal, to thriller, and back again, snatching readers from multiple genres and expanding his audience like a literary Pied Piper. Learn how to avoid the genre box and tell the story you want to tell to the largest possible group.

As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that, shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head.

I would never go down to the basement.


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And in case you hadn’t noticed, JD will be speaking on Friday the 13th

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Flash Literature Contest


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Article by Bernadette Sukley, Flash Literature Contest Organizer

Conference participants who are interested in submitting to the Flash Literature contest at the 2020 GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ on March 12 – 14, please click the link below for submission guidelines. 

Flash Literature Rules and Regulations

The rules have changed from previous years. Entries must be 100 Words or less, excluding the title, in Times New Roman, font size 14ptYou may submit up to one entry in each of three categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Only registered Write Stuff attendees may submit Flash Lit entries. All entries are to be submitted electronically by selecting this link, Flash Literature Upload.

Please review Rules and Regulations before submitting.


To give you an idea of what attendees voted for, here are the winning titles from the 2019 Conference for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, followed by a reprint of the first place winner for each catagory.

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The Write Stuff Writers Conference™ Full Schedule


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30 Great Events over Three Days

March 12, 13, 14, 2020

Register Here


Thursday March 12

Two Half-Day Seminars 

  Includes Lunch and Writers Cafe


2018 Conference

 Tim Esaias


Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00

What to Put In & What to Take Out:
How to remove meaningless stuff from your prose,
and put content back in.


Develop an action plan for facing the rewrite of your novel, or any piece of prose fiction. We’ll start with all the Horrible Things you need to excise (Tim dishes out a full blast of anti-bobble-headism, along with attacks on saidisms, compulsive modifications, and references to the beheading of Charles I); and then we’ll move on to the important matter of adding significant details, POV signifiers, color characters, theme music and more. Tim will suggest a series of focused “preliminary passes” to make through the manuscript, each addressing a specific issue. There will be exercises; chocolate; and, of course, malt balls.

Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 5:00

Selected Elements of Style

Style makes or breaks your chance of a sale, but what the heck is it? How can you make it your servant? Timons Esaias will shed a modicum of light on the dark mysteries of style. We’ll discuss the key rules, the genre differences, and how to think about the morass of conflicting advice you’ll encounter. Tim promises three specific style tools that should fit in any writer’s kit: the Churchillian Sword, the Vanilla Verb-Pair Demon, and Uranium Enrichment to Weapons-Grade Prose, with exercises for each tool. We’ll discuss the use of Templates, and engage in a Style Analysis exercise covering 7 genres. Bring questions about everything from spelling to musical rhythm. Suitable for all genres. Required text is Strunk & White, because love it or hate it, you should all have it.


Writers Cafe: 7:00 – 9:00

Lehigh Room – Facilitated by Bart Palamaro

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Get ready for Friday night Page Cuts or Saturday Agent/Editor pitches by bringing your pitch or opening page and we will give you instant feedback!  Or just bring the first page of your manuscript for a critique. 

ALL registered Conference attendees are welcome to attend this Conference version of GLVWGs monthly read and critique meeting. 

It’s a fun time!


Friday, March 13

  Includes Lunch, Thursday’s Writers Cafe plus all Friday evening activities including

Page Cuts Critique (with $10 fee) , Foundation of a Story, and Reception.


JD Barker :      1:30 – 5:00 PM

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Full Day Writing Development Workshop

Submit your novel in advance to have it critiqued by the number one international best selling author. Obviously not all submissions can be critiqued, but he will ask for volunteers, and choose a number of works at random if no one is willing.

Works in progress in any genre are welcome.

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to have a mentor read and critique your work. Almost as good, and sometimes even better, is to hear the critique of other folks work and compare it to how you responded to the writing.

This is a rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity to improve your craft by having a world renowned successful author share his expertise with you. JD Barker worked as a “Book Doctor” for over twenty years, refining what works, what pulls the reader in, and what impresses the agents. Do not let this opportunity pass you by.

JD will call for volunteers from the audience, and if no one is willing, he will choose a number of works at random from all submissions and focus on those.

He’ll isolate the problem areas and through brainstorming, work with the audience to correct the issues. Things like passive voice, adverbs, bad dialog tags, unnecessary filler words, showing vs. telling, weak start, etc…

Work will be critiqued anonymously, unless you volunteer, in which case everyone will know who you are.

Submit your work (MS WORD or APPLE PAGES ONLY PLEASE) The link to submit your work will be in your registration acknowledgement email.


Page Cuts Critique Sessions: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Advance registration necessary 
sessions fill quickly. 

Page Cuts critique sessions are optional ($10.00 session charge) Participants will be assigned to a room headed by a team of publishing professionals who have been asked to provide feedback on your work.  This kind of “cold critique” i.e. where first impressions count, is exactly like someone reading the first page of your novel at a bookseller, whether on line or in a store.  That impression is what determines whether they buy your book.  Don’t pass up this opportunity to get that first page polished so it shines!

Your work will be read aloud by a room moderator and commented upon by our panelists. No names will be used, all works are COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Opinions of workshop panelists are theirs alone and do not represent the opinions of GLVWG.

Limited readings. Participants who have been informed of their successful enrollment should bring to their session four copies of the first page of a longer work (fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir) along with four copies of a 100-word overview of the entire work.

Copies must be formatted. Double-spaced, 12 pt. “Times” font, 1-inch margins, Title & Genre at top of page. No names please. Print to start at the top of the page.

LIMITED SEATING: additional $10.00 charge with any registration


Peggy Adamczyk:     7:00 – 8:00 PM


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The Foundation of a Story – 
Laying the Groundwork Before Your First Draft.


  • Go from Idea to Concept by using Brainstorming Lists, ‘What If’ questions, and Mind Mapping techniques to help develop story ideas into workable concepts
  • Techniques for developing and organizing the hidden Theme of story with techniques from Dwight Swain Elements of Plot, Michael Hauge Story Spine or Desire line, and tag/ log lines.
  • Creating and getting to know your settings and characters by using the ‘Sphere of Influence’ techniques used in marketing.
  • The introduction of modified version of Michael Hauge’s Three Act Structure that will allow both outline writers and descriptive writers to control the flow of their plot without hindering the journey.



Saturday, March 14 Overview

20 workshops, Agent./Editor pitch sessions, marketing consults,
author publicity photos, plus lunch and Keynote address,

Door Prizes. Saturday Registration Includes Thursday Writers Cafe,
all Friday evening activities including Page Cuts Critique ($10 fee)The Foundation of a Story, and Reception.

Check-in and Announcements in Lehigh Room: 8:00 – 8:50 AM

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Saturday Afternoon:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

Book Fair, Flash Literature Writing Contest



Additional opportunity: Author Publicity Photos by Joan Zachary
$40 at Registration – Only 10 Sessions Left!



Go to the Registration Page and choose Member, Non-Member or Student registration.
Then choose Full Conference Registration or which day(s) you would like to register.
Depending on day(s) chosen, there may be other options, such as Friday evening
Page Cuts Critique or Saturday Agent/Editor pitch session,
Author Publicity Photos and Marketing Consults.

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For Hotel Accommodations and Directions see:
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Click to learn more about our Presenters
Agents and Editors
 and Marketing Consultants.
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GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ Introduces CYBER WEEK! December 1st-December 7th, 2019


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Want to attend a Writers Conference that celebrates

Creativity, Craft, and Community?

Want the perfect gift for that special writer or reader in your life?

-What about treating yourself to the perfect gift?

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group presents:

The Write Stuff Writers Conference™

“2020 Vision”

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GLVWG is excited to present you with the opportunity to attend our annual 3-day conference from March 12-14th at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel in Bethlehem, PA.

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Want the best value for an invaluable conference?

Sign up to be a member of the GLVWG Writers Group.

For more information about the 2020 Conference,

Keynote & International Bestselling Author J.D. Barker and other conference presenters, visit:

GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ Registration Page


Cyber Week Special Rate  – December 1 through December 7 ONLY

Full Conference: Member – $299 : Non-Members – $309

                                    Thursday:           Member $99   Non $109

                                    Friday:                Member $99   Non $109

                                    Saturday:           Member $119   Non $129


Regular Registration: December 8 through February 20, 2020

Full Conference: Member – $349 : Non-Members – $369

                                    Thursday:        Member $119   Non $129

                                    Friday:             Member $119   Non $129

                                    Saturday:         Member $139   Non $149

                                    Students – enjoy member rates!

(Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by parent)


So Mark Your Calendars and Please Save the Date

December 1st – December 7th, 2019 (Cyber Week) to Register for the

2020 Write Stuff Writers Conference™

March 12-14th, 2020

and take advantage of GLVWG’s CYBER WEEK deals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

And until then…WRITE ON!!


~The GLVWG Conference Committee


For full PDF Copy of Conference Brochure: Click the link below

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