The Fourth Dublin Writers’ Conference will take place in Dublin’s Academy Plaza Hotel from 22-24 June 2018. The Conference was established in 2015 by successful Irish thriller author Laurence O'Bryan ( The Istanbul Puzzle, The Jerusalem Puzzle, the Manhattan Puzzle) and founder of BooksGoSocial Authors' Group, as an event dedicated for authors and would be authors. It has now become an annual fixture on the Dublin literary scene.
This year’s Conference theme will be “Finding New Voices” with talent spotters from the publishing industry in the US and Britain there to assess and advise aspiring and established authors alike.
The Conference will feature five separate sessions over three days covering the New Self-Publishing, the Evolving Nature of the Publishing Business, “ The Writer’s Journey” in which successful authors recount their writing and publishing experiences, a session offering advice on what readers want, and a final session on Book Marketing and Finding Readers.
There will as usual be additional break-out sessions and, as last year, these will include the popular “Pitch a Producer” feature in which participants get a chance to make a brief oral presentation of their work to Ken Atchity, veteran Hollywood producer. New this year, for the first time outside the US, will be a feature on the Algonkian Method on alternative ways to pitch your book to a publisher or on Amazon with feedback provided.
The Conference is structured to maximise opportunities for networking and there is the traditional opening evening informal get together at which participants can read out their works and discuss. Saturday evening will feature the Annual Conference Dinner and Awards with a topical and timely guest speaker, retired Colonel Colm Doyle who is in process of publishing his first book, “ Witness to War Crimes”an account of his service in Bosnia, with the EU and later as personal representative of Lord Carrington, Chairman of the Peace Conference on Jugoslavia.
The impressive list of speakers this year includes David Gaughran, the self-publishing guru and author of “Let’s Get Digital” who will make two presentations, one on Successful Self- Publishing, the second “ The Reader’s Journey “ on hints to maximise marketing potential. Also new this year from the USA are Amy Collins, President of new Shelves Books and Michael Neff, founder of the Algonkian Writers Conference, who will contribute a bonus workshop on Day Two.
Other speakers will include bestselling Irish Crime Writer Arlene Hunt, award winning historical fiction author Alison Morton, as well as Jacq Burns, founder of the London Writers Club and Rikard Sommer, the latest Norwegian thriller writer. Returning also to speak are Susanne O Leary the popular Irish light fiction author as well as Michael Russell T.V. scriptwriter ( including Frost) turned author of atmospheric period thrillers of Ireland in the Stefan Gillespie series, who will be bringing back his popular one to one critique sessions on Friday afternoon.