International Writers Conference 2015 Post conference report!


IMG_3059What a wonderful weekend of leading edge information on the evolution of writing in this new era of social media and the instant story telling power of Twitter.

Our talented and philanthropic faculty shared a goldmine of writing treasure.

I would like to thank Caleb Pirtle for his inspiring, entertaining and memorable keynote speech. Maurice Monette for his valuable pointers on writing memoir. Melissa Frost for her academic integrity and historical perspective on the evolution of writing through the ages , right through to now with the emergence of Twitter and the micostory.Donna Dahl the energizer presenter who shared so much on the how of using Twitter for the non tweeters. James Callan’s defining workshop on dialogue. Sarah Cortez so professional in her presentations and giving such sound advice and useful tips. The delightful and very knowledgeable Elise Capron agent from Sandra Dijkstra Agency in San Diego. Thanks Elise we were left wanting to hear so much more. Evelyn Byrne of Whitebird publications who argued the case for using a smaller publisher so persuasively. Colin Hamilton who in spite of being sick shared vital information on radio interviews and Virginia Fox who encouraged us in honing our abilities as performers of our written words. Last but not least Thomas Pulley aka Rusty Debris who wrote a delightful song especially for the conference and kindly performed with friends at the beginning and the end.

Folks we had a lot of fun and learned a ton too. Hope to see you next year at Biblioteca Los Mangos for another enjoyable weekend of intense instruction.

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About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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