Help me attend a writers conference

$3,080 of $2,850 goal

Raised by 34 people in 45 months
Julia Penrose   OAKLAND, CA

I was one of 12 writers accepted to the Santa Barbara Author-Mentor Writer's Conference in February.  Unfortunately I cannot afford the $3,800 price tag.  


The reason I applied to this conference is that it is small, intimate, and attendees are able to spend a good deal of time, one-on-one, with a variety of people in the book world: Pulitzer Prize winning authors, notable agents, and editors.

I spent eight years writing my novel, The World is Bound by Secret Knots, and even managed to land a contract with a highly acclaimed literary agency in New York City. Alas, the book was never picked up for publication.

What I need is help with the overall structure of the manuscript, plot vs. story, so that I can get it as good as it possibly can be. I truly believe in this story, and I think with a little help, it will be published.  This conference would go a long way in achieving that.

I am only seeking the cost of tuition.

More about the conference is here: 


Thank you for reading. 

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Update 7
42 months ago
You did it! You sent me to Algonkian! Thanks so much everyone! I am so very lucky to know so many generous people.
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Update 6
42 months ago
I've been doing a lot of "pre-work" for the writer's conference. I re-read two greats: The Great Gatsby and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...

I had a breakthrough about my Antagonist that I believe will do a lot to make the manuscript sell-able.... and I still have a lot more assignments to get through before going. I also need to re-tool the manuscript. Meaning, write. A lot. And delete. A lot. A minor character must be made major, and major characters will have to recede into the background.

Did I mention that I'll be spending four days with, among others, Pulitzer Prize winners Jane Smiley and Robert Olen Butler, along with highly-respected agents and editors? Very excited!

I've still got $1,200 to raise, so please forward to any like-minded friends/family, or hey, even enemies.

You will all be on my acknowledgement / thanks page when I get this puppy published. :)
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Update 4
44 months ago
Thanks everyone! Please forward to any intrepid art-lovers.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151213934408780&set=vb.642843779&type=2&theater
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Deborah Penrose
44 months ago

You are a wonderful artist. Your writing is great and I am thrilled that you are going to such a prestigious workshop. xo

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Julia Penrose
44 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has contributed! I am really touched.

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$3,080 of $2,850 goal

Raised by 34 people in 45 months
Created November 14, 2012
$30
Anonymous
42 months ago
$200
Deborah Penrose
42 months ago
SK
$40
Sue Krenek
42 months ago
$1,000
Alex Green
42 months ago
VM
$25
Vicky and Tom Martiner
42 months ago

Good Luck at the retreat!

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$50
Torrey Smith
42 months ago

Let's keep this going!

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TB
$25
Tom/Jo Brown/Seiser
42 months ago

just a bit more grease for your wheels....

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IB
$40
Ivy Brown
42 months ago

Write away!

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EB
$30
Elizabeth Brown
42 months ago

Help this fine writer, ya'll!

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$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
Deborah Penrose
44 months ago

You are a wonderful artist. Your writing is great and I am thrilled that you are going to such a prestigious workshop. xo

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Julia Penrose
44 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has contributed! I am really touched.

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