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June Meeting

 

Join us for an evening with Michael Schrenk

Advancing your career by writing non-fiction

Michael Schrenk is a Las Vegas based Writer, Consultant and Internet Entrepreneur. He started writing simple articles for corporate publications as a favor to his boss at the start of the Internet craze. He leveraged that experience into freelancing for national magazines and ultimately to writing nonfiction books for international audiences. While he enjoyed writing--and the royalties, he soon learned that the real purpose of writing non-fiction was to open doors professionally. Since his first book in 2007, Mike reshaped a rather nondescript career to one that has taken him from Moscow to Silicon Valley, with many stops (and stories) in between.

 

Mike will talk about how writing non-fiction has affected his career and why you might want to consider writing as a way to bolster your career as well. Some of the things Mike will discuss are:

  • Selecting your topic

  • How to get started with Magazines

  • Approaching publishers

  • Mistakes made and avoided

  • How to leverage a book into a more rewarding career

  • Intelligently leveraging your book (into your next writing project)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    In all honesty I wasn't overly nuts about this speaker. Going into the meeting I was really excited because I had read that the author had a tech background and I'm a tech so I was looking forward to his perspective, and because I know that writing non-fiction is important but am stranded when it comes to what to write about and where to send it for consideration. The speaker started out strong in explaining the difference between non-fiction and fact, but then reverted to simply running us through a complete list of everything he's ever written, published, or attempted to publish with no obvious lesson as to why. I'm an after-school-special, moral-to-the-story kind of person I guess. I was expecting him to somehow tie his many works and attempted works into some kind of lesson that we could learn from him as the previous speakers have been able to do. Unfortunately I still feel just as lost about non-fic as I did before. I did meet some great new people again, as always. :)

    June 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry you missed my point. The point I was trying to make--and you missed--was that the more closely your personal reasons for writing match the topic, the more success you'll have. I used this theory to explain the success or failure of each article/book I had published.

      February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was an egoist. Instead of telling his writing process and sharing the writing part of his life, he spent most of the time bragging about himself. Maybe this is the way he pitches himself and his books but his presentation was certainly not up to the standards set by the UNLV Creative Writing professor. Please do not have him speak before our group again.

    June 24, 2012

  • Hyrum H.

    Enjoyed meeting some colleagues and learned some things from our speaker. Sorry, I couldn't linger for socializing but perhaps next meeting.
    Hyrum Huskey

    June 22, 2012

  • Richard W.

    Great meeting. Thanks to all!

    June 22, 2012

  • Maudie R.

    Interesting speaker.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Entertaining and helpful. Didn't know we had so many Non-fiction writers in the group. Seems like half the hands went up when he popped the question.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    They seemed like a nice group but they didn't seem to go out of their way to talk and socialize. I was hoping to feel more welcomed. It's a challenge being shy in new groups so take some pity on us 'new' folks and start up a conversation or two, ok?

    1 · June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another very informative and fun meeting. My husband and I are always glad we came.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm writing an historical novel, but it was good to hear Michael Schrenk's very practical comments about the business of getting work published

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome. The speaker was great.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a fee?

    May 18, 2012

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