Help me attend a writers conference

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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Julia Penrose 
Oakland, CA
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