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News from William Bernhardt:

I’m sending this email to everyone who has attended or shown interest in my writing programs. I’m excited about the workshop and seminars scheduled for 2011. First and foremost is the annual Summer Writing Workshop, June 4-5. This year, the headline guest is John Lescroart (pronounced “Les-KWAH”). John is not only a good friend and a great teacher, he is one of the five or six best writers working today, in my opinion, with more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers. His novel, The 13th Juror, is a seminal work, singled out in the recent book, 100 Great Reads. I’ve been trying to get him for years, and this time I succeeded. I know everyone will benefit from meeting John and his lovely longtime wife Lisa. Registration is limited to 75 people.

I enjoyed having the Workshop at TU, so we’re returning to this year, but to a different building on campus, one with better facilities and more comfortable chairs. I think you’ll be pleased. As always, participants will have complete access to all guests and speakers, including a chance to meet one-on-one with the literary agents in attendance. We will also have more interactive panels, like last year’s “First Page” panel or the “Pitching” panel we’ve had for many years. We will have sessions designed for all levels of writers, but with a special emphasis on providing useful information to writers with a work-in-progress needing a push toward publication.

I’m also hosting small-group seminars in June and July in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The seminars are designed for writers with a work in progress, those who are serious about working hard to get their books published. As before, each seminar is limited to ten participants, and this is the only time I’ll be teaching seminars in OK this year. So if you’re interested, please sign up as soon as possible. This year, for the first time, I’m offering discounted rates for those wishing to take two seminars in the same year, for instance, the Level 1 seminar, and then later, the Level 2. I’m also starting some of the seminars on Saturday, so those who work during the week can attend but miss fewer workdays.

Discounted rates are available for everyone enrolling before April 1. To view the brochure my friend Nan Bishop prepared to promote this year’s programs click on this link. Please feel free to print or email it to your writing group, writing friends, libraries, or bookstores. Spread the word! As always, if you have any questions, just email me or call 405 683 2881. And in the meantime, remember—never give up.

Keep writing—

William Bernhardt