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1998 Heartland Writers Conference

This is a past event archived here for information purposes only and as a record of HWG activities.

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Robert Vaughan published his first book 38 years ago and has since authored more than 300 novels under his own name and 26 pseudonyms. This includes the best-selling American Chronicles series. In 1997, Robert, who is known to his many friends and writing colleagues as Dick, moved from his native Sikeston to Texas, where he continues to meet with commercial success. As keynote speaker, Vaughan presents An Evening With Hemingway:

Christopher Vogler - studio executive, author of the popular "The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters," and an experienced Hollywood story consultant, Christopher currently serves as Director of Development for Fox 2000, a feature film division of 20th Century Fox. His two-hour workshop Myth Adventures: The Storyteller's Journey explores the most ancient and dependable principles of drama as well as the latest concepts in Hollywood storytelling:

Caitlyn M. Dlouhy - an editor with the Laura Geringer Books imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books, she edits Picturebooks, Young Adult novels, books and cassette packages, interactive cd-rom packages, and novelty merchandise. Her workshop, Lifecycle of a Children's Book, is an inside look at what it takes to get a book from manuscript to finished product at Laura Geringer.

Melissa Jeglinski - an editor for both Silhouette Books and Steeple Hill, she acquires Contemporary Category and Contemporary Inspirational Romances. She presents Writing for the Inspirational Romance Market, providing valuable information on what's selling and how to submit projects to Steeple Hill, the newest publisher of contemporary inspirational romance.

Jennifer Jackson - A specialist in commercial novel-length fiction at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, she handles Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is actively seeking new clients for the Agency, which represents over one hundred authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, and other types of commercial Fiction. She presents Ready, Aim, Fire!- an interactive workshop on identifying your genre and targeting your market in her seminar,

Joe Veltre is an Assistant Editor at St. Martin's Press, where he edits the Dead Letter Paperback Mystery program, Thrillers, Suspense and various other works of commercial Fiction and Nonfiction. His workshop, The Good, the Bad and the Rejected, looks at query letters and manuscript submissions that impress an editor -- and those that don't.

Luci Zahray - a registered Pharmacist with a Master's Degree in Toxicology from Texas A&M University and a fan of the mystery novel since childhood, she has combined her vocation with her avocation to tell hundreds of people how to kill someone. Using her personal collection of poisons as props, Luci has presented programs to writers groups throughout the midwest and Canada, including Dark & Stormy in Chicago, Magna Cum Murder in Muncie, Bouchercon in Toronto, and the MWA Chicago Chapter. Luci's two hour seminar, Behold! Here Poison, is an introduction to applied toxicology from the point of view of the novelist, including types of poisons, dosage, mode of exposure, and their effects on victims of literary murders.

These clips are from the 1998 Heatrland Writers Conference, which is held every other year.

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