Spring Conference

2017 Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Writers' Conference - April 7th-8th 2017

LaVista Conference Center - 12520 Westport Pkwy, LaVista NE 68128 


Speakers Coming this Spring!

Danny Manus – No Bull Script Consulting

Danny Manus parlayed his career as a development executive in Hollywood to becoming an in-demand script consultant and founder of No BullScript Consulting. The author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective,” which is now in its 2nd Edition, Danny was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine and was named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”.

George Ayoub – Creative Writer, Retired Journalist

George Ayoub, a native son of Nebraska, has spent his life reading, speaking, and writing words. Trained in broadcast journalism, George gravitated to traditional newspapers and rode the major changes in that writing area all the way to on-line content development. He has written columns for publication for years, continued creative writing, taught writing, and taught political science, ethics, and persuasion. Recently retired, George brings to us wisdom about the writing path and knowledge related to avoiding the marks and pitfalls of being a ‘newbie’ writer.

Andy Ross – Andy Ross Literary Agency

Andy Ross started his literary agency in February 2008. Prior to becoming an agent, he was the owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California for 30 years. He bought most of the new titles for the bookstore. Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t. The largest selling book Cody’s ever had was the autobiography of Bill Clinton. It sold 2500 copies in one day, the day he came to the store to sign books. Andy represents authors who write books in a wide range of subjects: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, current affairs, contemporary culture, religion, children’s books, and commercial and literary fiction.

Malaga Baldi – Agent & Owner Baldi Agency in New York City

Malaga Baldi has worked as an independent literary agent since 1986. The Baldi Agency is an eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir and cultural history. She worked as a cashier at Gotham Book Mart, in the Ballantine Books Publicity Department, as an associate at Candida Donadio & Associates and the Elaine Markson Agency before going out on her own. Baldi believes the strength of the author's voice and the heart of the story to be key when considering new work.  


2016 Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Writers' Conference was held April 15th - 16th

LaVista Conference Center - 12520 Westport Pkwy, LaVista NE 68128 

Cost: $ 90.00 Member registration

          $100.00 Non-member registration



Literary Agent Chip MacGregor

Literary Agent Linda Camacho, from Prospect Agency

Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, Nina Amir

Developer of the Mini-Movie Method, Chris Soth


The after conference special:  Open to the Public

                     The American Idol of Writing - 

      The Pitchapalooza!

    Fee not included in the Conference Registration ($20 for Members who register early, $25 at the door)


2016 Spring Writing Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 15th - LaVista Conference Center


3:00pm - 5:30pm - Verbal Pitch Practice with review

Open to the Public:

6:00pm - Register and Meet and Mingle

7:00 - 9:00pm - Readings from NWG Members. (5 minutes each) A wonderful way to get a taste of what members are writing about.


Saturday, April 16th - LaVista Conference Center

Members Only

8:00am - Registration

8:30am - Welcome and Announcements

8:45am - Chip MacGregor, President, MacGregor Literary, Inc. - Creating Your Brand. Develop the techniques that give you and your books a clearly defined identity, establish relationships with your readers, and sell more successfully.

10:00am - Break

10:30amNina Amir, Inspiration to Creation Coach - How to Blog Your Way to a Book Deal. Rather than just blogging and then repurposing your posts into a book (called booking a blog), learn how to purposefully write, publish, and promote a book on the Web using blog technology. Blog your way to creating a successful book that attracts readers and publishers.

11:45am - Break for Lunch (not provided)

1:15pm - Business Meeting

1:45pm - Break

2:00pmLinda Camacho, Literary Agent, Prospect Literary Agency -  Writing a Manuscript That Gets and Keeps Everyone’s Attention. Learn from a marketer-turned-literary agent the key story elements that you must know to grab and hold the attention of agents, editors, and acquisitions boards.

3:15pm - Break

3:45pmChris Soth, Screenwriter, Mentor, Author, “Million-Dollar Screenwriting” - Create Powerful Plots for Screenplays & Novels with the Mini Movie Method. Learn powerful techniques to lay out compelling plots for screenplays and novels using the Mini Movie Method. It turns writing into an effortless process, making beginners into experts and experts into masters of the craft. 

5:00pmEvaluations, Raffle Drawings, Closing - Don’t leave early—you’ll miss out on some great prizes! And don’t forget to fill out an evaluation and tell us how we did. Let us know what you liked. Let us know where we can improve. Share your ideas. Do you have a talent that you would like to share with the Guild? Let us know. As the Guild grows, we’ll need more volunteers!

Open to the Public (for a fee)

6:30pm - The Pitchapalooza - Publishing experts Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry randomly select 20-25 people from the pool of book purchasers. Writers get one minute (and one minute only) to pitch their book ideas to Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry. The winner receives an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher for his/her book. 

Pitchapaloozas have consistently drawn standing-room-only crowds, press and blog coverage, and the kind of bookstore buzz reserved for celebrity authors.

8:30pm - Saturday Evening Gathering - Meet informally in the Conference meeting room for socializing, making new friends, networking, and discussing all things writing.