Write Now! 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at The McKimmon Conference & Training Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606. This is a NEW venue for us, and we think you’ll like it a lot. It offers unlimited seating and a host of other great amenities, so you’ll feel right at home as you sit with old friends and make new ones during registration and lunch.


Online registration is now closed. Memberships will be available at the door on the day of the conference for $80, payable by cash, check or credit card. See you there!


Have a question? Call Don Vaughan at 919-888-8198 or email him at dvaughan@mindspring.com





   Our Presenters


Klems is a writer, a blogging/social media expert and the online editor of Writer’s Digest. He’s the author of the popular parenting gift book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media), which was endorsed by writing legend Dave Barry and called a "laugh-out-loud funny" by the Chicago Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianKlems.


Track A


Formichelli has written for more than 150 magazines, including Health, Woman’s Day, USA Weekend, WebMD, and more. She is the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock. Linda also teaches e-courses on magazine writing through UsefulWritingCourses.com and on her own site, The Renegade Writer. (TheRenegadeWriter.com)


Cantrell is the author of A Weird-Oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell, The Everything Weather Book and co-author of Saddam: The Face of Evil and Sixteen Minutes From Home: The Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy. He has written hundreds of articles for publications such as Military Officer, Air & Space/Smithsonian, Baylor Innovations and MAD magazine.




Welch has been a Licensed Financial Advisor since 1984. Married to a successful romance author, he has both personal and professional experience with the unique financial needs of writers. With more than 32 years of experience, he has learned a few things, including how to maximize the money you keep in your pocket instead of giving it to Uncle Sam.


Vaughan is the founder of Triangle Association of Freelancers. He has been a professional writer for 39 years, and has published more than 1,800 articles in an eclectic array of publications, including Military Officer Magazine, Cure, Cat Fancy and MAD Magazine. He also has written, co-written, ghosted or contributed to more than 30 books on topics ranging from World War II to popular American festivals.



Gentry is the editor of FSR magazine, a trade publication for the restaurant industry. She also has more than 17 years of publishing experience, predominantly writing and editing for business audiences in consumer-facing industries. Prior to FSR, Gentry served as senior editor in the retail division of New York-based Lebhar-Friedman, writing and editing for more than 10 years on its flagship news magazine, Chain Store Age.


Track B


Myers is a veteran screenwriter whose credits include K-9, starring Jim Belushi; Alaska, starring Vincent Kartheiser; and Trojan War, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America West, and currently teaches screenwriting at UNC Chapel Hill as well as through the online education resource he co-founded in 2011: ScreenwritingMasterClass.com. In addition, Scott hosts the popular blog Go Into The Story, the official screenwriting blog of the Black List, an annual survey of the “most liked” screenplays not yet produced.



Poole is a professional freelance copyeditor and editorial trainer. She works for university presses around the world and is a frequent conference presenter. She also is co-owner and director of training for Copyediting, a newsletter for professional editors.




Hyman landed his first column 25 years ago, an exploration of organic gardening for NC Indyweek. Since then, he has written a weekly garden column for the Durham Herald-Sun and a monthly political column for the Durham News. He also writes the Green Thumb column for Hobby Farms magazine, the Coop Builder column for Chickens magazine and the Feral Feast column for Paleo Magazine. His feature stories have appeared in the New York Times, Organic Gardening, Bicycle Times and elsewhere.



Brian Klems will be also be presenting a nonfiction session.