It's been a busy week and I've been working on the Writers' Symposium Ezine. Each issue is dedicated to “Helping Writers Write,” and will be released quarterly via email, or it can be viewed on the web at www.paulgenesse.com/WritersSymposium. Each issue will feature articles, tips, and resources that will help people improve their writing, or let them know about good books.
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The Writers’ Symposium is made up of twenty professional writers, game designers, and editors listed at the end of the issue. Combined we have sold several dozen books and short stories to major publishers, primarily in the fantasy and science fiction genre.
The Writers’ Symposium has its origins back in the 1990’s when it was founded by editor and author Jean Rabe—famous for her Dragonlance novels. She started giving seminars on writing at the Gen Con Game Fair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gen Con has moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, but Jean and her crew are still there.
Many writers have helped her present the panels over the years and the seminars are almost always packed with people who want to learn more about writing. I was one of those writers who wanted to break in. By following Jean’s advice I’ve sold eight short stories and my first novel is coming out in hardcover in April of 2008. This first issue is dedicated to Jean, a fantastic person and a great writer.
The first is made up of articles titled:
From the Editor
Feature Article: Creating Characters and a link to an online article
Bio on Jean Rabe—The Founder of the Writers’ Symposium
Feature Article: Writers’ Groups by Don Bingle
List of Current Writers’ Symposium Members & Contact Info
Final Thought and link to the Writers’ Symposium Blog
Coordinating Editor of the Writers' Symposium Ezine
Author of The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series
(Five Star Books, April 2008)