At Blue Ridge, the conferees are heading to continuing classes and workshops. The paid critiques and meetings with agents and editors begin today.
Let's take a moment to pray for everyone who is about to lose their breakfast or lunch over the prospect of having their "baby" shredded to confetti and for those who didn't eat anything and now have the shakes just before they sit down for their first agent meeting.
And let's not forget to pray for those faculty members who are giving the critiques and meeting with prospective clients. They are people too! And they aren't in this to be mean. Their goal is to help aspiring writers succeed.
So what are we going to do today? Let's focus on fiction.
I've split the faculty up in a way that makes sense to me. Some could go in the nonfiction list as well but I'm not doubling up.
Here's a list of of faculty members who teach/critique/represent fiction.
If you look at the faculty listing on the Blue Ridge website, not everyone has a website listed. So, in this list, I've tried to provide links to all the websites associated with each person.
If there's a link associated with both the name and the description, those are two different links - click on both! If you click on a link and it takes you to the Blue Ridge website, then you'll need to click on the 2011 faculty page and scroll down to their info because they included A LOT of links!
Clear as mud? Great!
Many of these websites have fabulous writing tips. Have fun!
Sandra Bishop - Agent, MacGregor Literary
Caleb Jennings Breakey - Writer
Jonathan Clements - Agent, Wheelhouse Literary Group
Mike Delosso - Writer
Adrienne Gaines - Editor, Charisma House
Aaron Gansky - Writer
Alton Gansky - Writer/Conference Director
Julie Gwinn - Editor, Pure Enjoyment
Gina Holmes - Writer
Dr. Angela Hunt - Writer
Yvonne Lehman - Writer
Nancy Lohr - Editor, JourneyForth; Focuses on writing for children
Sarah Sper McClellan - Agent; Folio
DiAnn Mills - Writer
Deborah Raney - Writer
Romona Richards - Editor/Writer
Nancy Rue - Writer; Focuses on children/youth
Dr. Linda Seger - Screenwriter
Dina Sleiman - Editor, WhiteFire Publishing
Les Stobbe - Agent, Writer, Editor
Christy Lee Taylor - Film Producer, Abba Productions
Dr. Donn Taylor - Writer/Poet
David Van Diest - Agent, D.C. Jacobson and Assoc.
I'll be honest. Typing up this list made me rather gloomy for a while. What a list! The agents. The editors. The phenomenal authors. The collective creative talent at Blue Ridge is astonishing.
But this brings us to....
Let's have some fun. Watch a comedy...a movie, a sitcom, a YouTube clip...whatever you've got time for.
Then leave a comment about anything particularly intriguing you found on the websites and tell us what made you laugh tonight. We aren't sitting together in the cafeteria or main meeting room at Blue Ridge, so we'll have to use the comments section to share our experiences.
Have a great first day everyone!