Monday, June 23, 2008

CAPA Welcomes Writers

CAPA Welcomes Writers to 5th annual CAPA-University

By Peggy Gaffney

Again this year the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association welcomes writers , and those interested in all aspects of the book world to its professional development program, CAPA-U, which celebrates its fifth year.

This year for the first time, all participants who have written books are offered an opportunity to market them in the CAPA-U Bookstore. This gives attendees a chance to show everyone their talent.

Another major addition to the program is the chance for beginning writers to meet with top notch editors and learn how to get their books ready to be published. This guidance is invaluable.

The keynote speaker, celebrated author Wally Lamb, entertains and inspires. His award winning books I Know This Much Is True and She’s Come Undone have been NY Times Best Book of the Year choice and Oprah Book Club selections.

An outstanding team of agents, marketers and editors are on hand to help guide both novice and experienced writers through the intricate maze of the publishing world. These one-on-one sessions are supplemented with professional development workshops covering every topic of interest to writers including: fiction, non-fiction, memoir, the op-ed page, sports writing, writing book proposals, working with an agent, publishing, self-publishing, creating a buzz on Amazon, marketing, and even a panel that combines the agent, the writer and the publisher to answer the participants questions on how to travel the road to becoming a published author.

With a delicious breakfast and lunch provided by the chefs at the Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center and the chance to explore the Bookstore to find new authors to read and new books by favorite authors, it makes the day one that is not to be missed.