WestportWRITES: "Write Your Business" Mini-Conference

Sunday, Apr 8, 2018 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Alice Mattison

Aubrey Sitterson

The writing is the fun part, right? The business side of being a professional writer, however, can be more nebulous.

Join us for in-depth discussions about what it takes to make it as a writer today, including tips and tricks. Learn how to traverse social media in a way that makes sense to help promote your work and propel your career.

The day will feature talks by bestselling author and teacher Alice Mattison (The Kite and the String) and writer, editor, and podcaster Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter).

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a fall 2018 writers’ conference.


Aubrey Sitterson is a freelance writer and host specializing in comic books, professional wrestling, fantasy and heavy metal.

He has written comics for all of the industry’s top publishers – Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Oni and Viz – but his most popular work has been done on the G.I. Joe franchise, with both the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe crossover as well as the ongoing G.I. Joe series. Aubrey also writes and performs SKALD. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Podomatic, SKALD is an ongoing sword & sorcery narrative, released every week, without fail, since April, 2015. 

Previously, Aubrey was an editor at Marvel Comics. He has also edited at Image Comics, where he worked on Robert Kirkman’s line of books, including Invincible and The Walking Dead, the basis for the hit AMC series.

Every week, Aubrey also hosts the fan-favorite STRAIGHT SHOOT series on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher and Podomatic. Aubrey has also worked as a writer, editor and web producer for WWE.com, the official website of, you guessed it, World Wrestling Entertainment, and as the Interactive Marketing Manager for WWE Games at both THQ and 2K, where he was responsible for all of the hit franchise’s web and social media presence.


Alice Mattison is a widely acclaimed author and longtime writing teacher. Her seventh novel, Conscience, will appear in August, 2018. The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale appeared in 2016. Her earlier novels include The Book Borrower, Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn, and When We Argued All Night, and she is also the author of four books of stories and a collection of poems.

Twelve of her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, and other work has been published in The New York Times, Ploughshares, and Ecotone and anthologized in The Pushcart Prize, PEN/​O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories.

She has held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and has taught at Brooklyn College, Yale University, and, for more than twenty years, in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the MFA program at Bennington College.

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