A copyright lawyer, a magazine editor, an independent publisher and a mystery writer walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “Is this some kind of a joke?” “No,” says the editor, “we just finished a session on ‘Literature and the Law’ at the Baltimore Writers’ Conference. Had a great conversation, decided to continue it over a beer.”

Wow, sorry, that stank. Lesson one, I may have gotten your attention but lesson two? I need some help with the comic timing. Note to self: check out the session on “Fiction Craft.” Or maybe take this blog post to a “Quick Critique” for an emergency appendectomy.

The Baltimore Writers’ Conference is this Saturday, November 12, 9 am to 4 pm, at Towson University. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Special rate for students. It’s co-sponsored by Towson University’s Professional Writing Program and the Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program. Sessions address topics like poetry craft, literary agents, writing for social media, screenwriting…you get the idea: everything from how to write to how to get published.

Speaking of writing…you knew I was going to get around to the library somehow, right? Here I go. We are just pouring out our big bookish heart for writers of all stripes with our many writing-related guides: Expository Writing, Writing Seminars, Science & Medical Writing, Writing for Publication and the good ole, plain ole Writing Guide. Not to mention a special guide for the Liberal Arts, and literature-related guides like Classics, English & American Literature, French Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, Italian Language & Literature and Spanish Language & Literature.

Go forth, be fruitful…and please, for the love of minced oaths, avoid the urge to invent jokes.

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