We Have an App for That

Outtakes #41

We Have an App for That

I admit to being technology challenged. I did not grow up with calculators, Smart Phones, computers or tablets. In fact I thought an abacus was a pretty neat gadget. I could calculate math problems or count money on one. My electric typewriter was a huge step up from Dad’s Olivetti Underwood clunker. Becoming computer literate has been a challenge. And should I decide to buy one of the tablets, I’ll probably have to get my seven-year old nephew to help me download everything.

The thought of figuring out what I will need for my tablet boggles my simple mind. I’m not a gamer, so that’s one idea off the list. But what if I want to track my portfolio? Or keep track of church activities? Nook, Kindle, IPad, Android? What’s a Cloud? Wi-Fi or telephone plan? Yes there are apps for all of it. But how to I know what’s best for me? That’s where the nephew comes in. Unfortunately, he’ll load the system with Angry Birds and other games, and then I’ll have no room for the good stuff. Such is the life of the technology challenged.

Many new writers are equally confused regarding the process of becoming a professional writer. Too bad there’s not an app to guide us from inspiration to publication. Well, there is. Sort of. On June 29-30, Panhandle Professional Writer’s will host Frontiers in Writing Let’s Write Weekend. Do you have questions about copyright and contracts? Drop in on Intellectual Properties attorney, Chris Stewart’s Friday sessions. Former acquiring editor, Hilary Sares hosts workshops on current trends in the publishing world; how not to get published; and writing for the editor. Harvey Stanbrough teaches self-editing and poetry. Jeff C. Campbell offers tips on research, police procedure for mystery writers, and perfect crimes. Jim Gleason speaks on electronic publishing. Candace Havens presents workshops on getting published. Joe Trent, Phyliss Miranda, Billy Goforth, and Mary Lou Cheatham provide insight on framing stories, characterization, social media and blogs, and handling rejection.

Need more? Get inspiration from banquet keynote speaker, Jodi Thomas. Jodi is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of 35 books and winner of 4 RITA awards. She is the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University, as well as a friend and mentor to newbie writers. Writer and entertainer, John Erickson, closes the weekend with a lecture and book signing on Saturday afternoon. John is best known for the HANK THE COWDOG series.

For more information, visit our website panhandleprowriters.org. We look forward to seeing you on Friday and Saturday, June 29-30 at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. You’ll enjoy the great information, good fellowship, food, and fun. See you in June.

See I told you we had an app for writers. Sort of.

Cait Collins

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