In this series apprentice Imari Berry selects essays from Jessica Conoley’s archives.  Imari shares why the essay resonates with her as a newer creative, & Jessica’s original essay follows. Imari chose this essay because: “It’s so authentic and inspirational. It shows step by step how one’s dream can become reality.” Initial publication Date: July 7, 2015 The Great Escape 4/20/15-email from agent after reading my whole The Color Eater manuscript.  I’m super excited because I know an email like this means …


SMIAH Writers Conference – Aug 26th-28th

Join me Thursday, August 26th & Friday, August 27th at the SMIAH Writers Conference. Register now at: I’m excited to be presenting an extended Business of Writing and Authorship workshop on Thursday and Author Websites 101 on Friday. Jennifer Nielsen & Emily Bleeker are keynote speakers for this Blue Springs, MO based conference. I love that they are offering both in-person and virtual options this year. Can’t wait to connect with writers in person again!

Registration open – FREE CLASS – May 6th, 2021

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. CST I’m teaching a FREE expanded virtual workshop: The Business of Writing & Authorship. Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting this free virtual event in coordination with their Story Center. Register to attend at: A sustainable writing career requires more than good writing, it requires an understanding of the industry and a consistent investment of time in your writing business. This workshop lays a foundation of effective, sustainable, long-term business practices for …

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April break & story follow ups

I am taking the month of April off for family leave. I am not taking any new clients during this time. I will have delayed access to email, and will respond at my earliest opportunity. Thank you for your understanding. Back in February, I told you about how I’ve Been Reading Again. To follow up on the p.s., it’s been confirmed there are no longer bruises in the back of my eye, so I guess my brain has reconciled whatever …

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March coworking & workshop dates – You’re invited.

Throughout March, I am hosting co-working dates, a critique group, and a business for creatives workshop via a virtual zoom room. Try a co-working session to help focus and motivate you to get some work done. Co-working sessions run: Mondays 10 a.m. – noon CST Wednesdays 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CST Fridays 9-11 a.m. CST To improve your writing craft consider joining the Critique Crew. (1 spot left) This editing/feedback class happens the last Tuesday of every month 8-10 …

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SAVE THE DATE – Monday March 15th 8 p.m.- 10 p.m. CST

Monday night 3/15 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CST you’re invited to the debut workshop: Websites 101. Setting up your website for minimal expense, with the built in functionality to grow from baby creative to veteran. The workshop is for anyone who wants to understand how to set up a website for a small business.  This is the first in a series of training programs that demystify, simplify, and systematize business for creatives.  The workshops build upon one another …

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