2014 Spring Big Apple Conference

New York, New York
Saturday, April 12, 2014
2014 Spring Big Apple Conference
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:30 AM -
Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10016
United States

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Saturday, April 12

8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Memoir Workshop (with break for lunch from 12:00-2:00. NOTE: Lunch is NOT included)

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Reception 


Finding One’s Voice/Finding One’s Passion: A Memoir Workshop

with Maureen Murdock

In When Women Were Birds Terry Tempest Williams asks, “What is the gesture of a woman’s hand covering her mouth?” How is it that women are taught to keep silent? Do cultural or family taboos prevent us from telling the truth?

In this one-day workshop we will look at how memoir requires a level of truth telling and self-revelation not required from other forms of writing. This workshop aims to help you uncover key issues in your work, develop insight into the bigger themes of your story and cast yourself as a compelling character. Memoir has to deliver vivid characters, evocative settings and pitch-perfect dialogue for the reader to remain interested. The current market and publishing process for memoir will be briefly addressed, but the focus of this workshop will be on the creative process.
Format will be combination of lecture, writing exercises, and readings from excerpts.


Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., teaches weekly memoir classes in Santa Barbara and leads memoir workshops internationally. Since 1990, she has taught creative writing in the UCLA Extensions Writers' Program where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. 
She is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine's Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche and delineates the feminine psycho-spiritual journey. Murdock is also the author of Fathers' Daughters: Breaking the Ties that BindUnreliable Truth: On Memoir and MemorySpinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine's Journey Workbook
She is the editor of an anthology of memoir writing entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and recently published a Kindle Short entitled The Emergence of Bipolar Disorder: A Mother’s Perspective. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. You can read her blog at http://maureenmurdockblog.com.

Sunday, April 13

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am - 10:00 am Authors Panel

Our member authors will briefly discuss the process of writing and publishing their book.

10:00 am - 11:15 am Great (Reader) Expectations: The Key to Publishing's New Golden Age

with Clare Toohey (bio at bottom of day's events)

Mystery genre workshop that will cover:

  • What ARE crime, mystery, and suspense genres? How many subgenres are there, and why do they matter to authors, agents/editors, and readers? How do you find yours?
  • Who’s publishing book-length works? How should author expectations vary for each?
  • Who’s publishing short crime…and does it pay?
  • Why is it CRITICAL to have beta readers in-genre? How do you find these essential readers?

11:15 am - 12:30 pm Pitch Perfect: Perspectives on the Current Publishing Industry 

A panel discussion with publishing professionals, including agents, an editor and an author to lay out the current state of the publishing industry. They will discuss recent changes in the industry and how these changes affect writers, specifically what writers need to do to successfully pitch an agent and how, once a book is sold, they can do to help ensure a good publishing experience. The panel will also look at the merits and limitations of self-publishing. This discussion should help you in your one-on-one sessions with agents in the afternoon, as well as with any future outreach to agents. There will be time for audience questions.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Author Book Fair & Lunch Break (NOTE: Lunch is NOT included)

Opportunity to purchase member books and chat with our authors.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Registration (for those only attending Sunday afternoon)

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Meet the Agents panel session

Our literary panel will introduce themselves, their agency, and their author interests.

3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Meet the Agents pitch session

Pitch your project to agents and publishers in a one-on-one setting. By appointment only. Link to online sign-up sheet will be emailed to registrants, along with an information packet listing the details and interests of each literary professional.

Clare Toohey Bio
Clare Toohey helped found and manages CriminalElement.com, a platform-straddling online community for lovers of crime stories from every subgenre, era, and medium. Her short stories have appeared in the Fresh Slices and Feeding Katecrime anthologies, the latter of which she co-edited. She also edited the first issue of an upcoming e-collection for Macmillan called The Malfeasance Occasional (akaThe M.O.). She's a musician who can't remember chords, an artist who buys greeting cards, an online gadabout, digital enthusiast, and friendly contrarian. Tweet her @clare2e




Contact Information

Payment Instructions

    There are NO REFUNDS**

    Member Pricing
    (Not sure of membership status? Contact us by email)

    Full weekend - $275
    Saturday - $175
    Sunday morning: Author Panel and Book Fair, Mystery genre workshop, Pitch Perfect discussion - $100
    Sunday afternoon: Meet the Agents Panel and Pitch Session - $120

    Non-Member Pricing

    Full weekend - $350
    Saturday - $205
    Sunday morning: Author Panel and Book Fair, Mystery genre workshop, Pitch Perfect discussion - $115
    Sunday afternoon: Meet the Agents Panel and Pitch Session - $140
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