UNICORN WRITERS CONFERENCE
WELCOMES MATTHEW PEARL TO CONNECTICUT
On March 9, 2013, The Unicorn Writers Conference will host its fourth annual, full-day event. Co-chaired and co-founded by Redding resident and Literary Agent, Jan Kardys, The Conference, which will be held again at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, CT, will feature over forty eminent insiders and experts–true movers and shakers of the rapidly changing publishing industry–leading workshops, panel discussions, and seminars on every aspect of writing from writing sci-fi to self-publishing, from the creative mechanics to the nuts and bolts of the writing business.
Keynote speaker this year is #1 New York Times and international best-selling author, Matthew Pearl–author of chart-topping titles, THE DANTE CLUB, THE POE SHADOW, THE LAST DICKENS, and his newest release, THE TECHNOLOGISTS. Unicorn has a history of attracting publishing’s biggest stars. Former keynote speakers include Sandra Brown, Patricia Schultz, Carol Higgins-Clark, and Gene Wilder. In addition to Mr. Pearl, thirty-plus publishing insiders, editors, and twenty-six literary agents will be on hand to speak, meet, and guide attendees.
In addition to a selection of widely diverse writing topics offered in twenty-seven different workshops and panels, attendees may opt to have one-to-one reviews focused on their own manuscript pages with any member of the faculty, or craft their query letter with a Literary Agent on site that day. “The draw is strong,” says Emily Cole, Conference Marketing Director. “The feedback coming to us applauds the diversity of what we offer. Registrants feel they are getting their money’s worth and finding the Unicorn Writers Conference to be a good value and a valuable experience.” Proof is that past conferences and one-to-one manuscript review sessions have sold out.
“We are committed to encouraging authors, providing networking opportunities that could possibly help them get their first break. As with almost any career these days, it’s not just talent. It’s about networking,” says Jan Kardys, Conference Chairman. “I’ve been in the publishing field for thirty years. Along the way, I’ve met amazing people, and I’ve learned so much. I want to give back. I want to share that experience, and provide opportunities for writers they can’t get anywhere else.”
While the information offered is broad, the speakers varied, and the content valuable to both beginners and published authors alike, the social climate of the conference is superb. Writers will find plenty of opportunities to mix, mingle, and meet other writers and publishing professionals during the generous breakfast buffet, elegant sit-down lunch, after-conference networking party, and an optional elegant dinner that follows. In an economy that demands good value for your money, Unicorn Writers Conference delivers.