WestportWRITES Mini-Conference: Paths to Publication

Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This month, WestportWRITES takes you down the many paths to publication. We’ll focus on some inspiring stories of debut authors who made it safely to the end of that path. We’ll help generate some ideas in helping you along your journey and we can all share our own stories of triumph and tragedy in the publishing biz. 

Author May Cobb joins us via Skype to discuss her debut novel Big Woods and her unique path to publication. Author Elizabeth Chatworth will share her experience creating and delivering successful pitches, and she will lead a pitch workshop to help writers develop successful pitches of their own. 

May Cobb grew up in the piney woods of East Texas where her debut thriller, Big Woods, is set. After college, she moved to San Francisco where she studied Victorian Literature for her Master's and then lived in Los Angeles for a few years where she worked for filmmaker/writer Ron Shelton and his wife, the actress Lolita Davidovich. For the past twenty years, she's been working on a nonfiction book about the late, great, jazz artist, Rahsaan Roland Kirk (forthcoming). Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Austin Monthly, and Edible Austin. Cobb now lives in Austin with her husband and son.

Big Woods is inspired by an eerie, true story, and A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window offered this glowing praise: "Stephen King's Stand by Me collides with Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects in this exceptional thriller. Gutsy, gripping—and pitch-perfect in its resurrection of an era long gone."

Elizabeth Chatsworth is a British author and actor (SAG-AFTRA) based in Connecticut. She primarily creates voice-overs for commercials, videos, and computer games. If there's an elf, a witch, or an aristocrat in a video game, it might be her!

Writing is Elizabeth’s passion. She’s a finalist in the Mainstream Fiction category of the 2018 RWA® Golden Heart® Award, a double finalist in the Science Fiction & Light Paranormal categories of the 2018 On The Far Side contest, and recently won The Catherine 2018 in the Wild Card category. Elizabeth is a member of the WNBA (NYC Chapter), a PRO member of the RWA, and a Pitch Wars alumni. Her literary agent is Natalie Grazian of Martin Literary Management

For hobbies, Elizabeth enjoys reading, cooking, video games, cosplay, archery, and kung fu (but never at the same time). Her volunteer work includes visiting hospitals, colleges, and retirement homes with Pet Partners registered therapy dog, Boo. She donates her vocal skills to record audio books for the blind and dyslexic at Learning Ally.

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.
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