Alice Osborn

Write from the Inside Out

How to Prepare For Your First Writers’ Conference

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013

How to Prepare For Your First Writers’ Conference

You’re packing for your very first writers’ conference. What do you bring? What do you say? Relax, I have a few tips for you so you can make the most of your investment, because conferences do cost you in terms of time and dollars. If you arrive prepared and collected, you’ll be sure to leave with new contacts, new friends and a new way of looking at your writing. And maybe even a publishing...

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How To Be An Effective Writer

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012

How To Be An Effective Writer

1. Show Up! And want to make it as a writer. This means don’t talk about being a writer – actually sit down in that chair and write! You have to want it so that it takes over everything else! Sometimes you’ll have to sacrifice your social life and your sleep in order to get all of your writing work accomplished.   Show up at the same place every day—say 8am and start writing Bring an...

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Writers Conference Tips from a Veteran Conference Goer

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011

Writers Conference Tips from a Veteran Conference Goer

  What am I thankful for? Living in North Carolina for one! Don’t you know North Carolina is the Writingness State? I’m also thankful for the North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conferences and if you keep reading this post you’ll pick up a few tips from me. Writing conferences are fabulous opportunities to meet other writers at all experience levels from outside your...

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How Writers Can Get Paid to Speak

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

How Writers Can Get Paid to Speak

Not long ago, I spoke for free all of the time. While every professional speaker needs to speak for free, there comes a time when the apprenticeship should end. I’d like to share five tips I’ve learned as I’ve gone from from free to fee.   Publishing Credits: It’s a lot easier to book speaking gigs if you have published a book (or two or three!) or have a wealth of columns or articles. Get...

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