The Breakthrough Writers’ Conference by Kate Brauning

I’m thrilled to announce the first Breakthrough Writers’ Conference is now open for registrations! I’ve partnered with Tessera Editorial, which was founded on the idea that publishing can & should be accessible to all people, to bring you a line-up of brilliant events, completely online. 

It’s the start of a new year, and so many of us are refocusing, taking stock of where we are in our careers, and figuring out how to move forward in our writing careers. So I thought, what a perfect time to host this writing conference. 

Breakthrough Writers’ Boot Camp is a year-round professional development program for authors. In the past year and a half of this program, thirteen writers have signed with agents and nine authors have signed book deals, and it got me thinking that there should be an event open to the public that used similar content. And so the Breakthrough Writers’ Conference was born! 

Here’s a taste of what we’ve got going on: 

Self-editing For Writers: Copy Edits from Sourcebooks editor Christa Desir 

Writing Outside Your Lane from editor Deborah Oliveira. 

Working with Sensitivity Readers from Deborah Oliveira and Manuela Velasco 

What In The World Do Editors Want? from Dovetail Fiction editor Kate Brauning (me!) 

plus social hours, writing sprints, goal setting, first page workshops, and a lot more.

Click here for the full schedule. 


What: A weekend conference and writing retreat, including online panels, lectures, workshops, writing sprints, and social hours. 

When: January 25 and 26, 2020 

Where: Completely online. Zoom webinar platform, Slack for writing sprints and chats 

Why: Conferences are often too expensive or time-consuming for writers to attend, leaving talent on the table and reserving education and progress for those with the money to afford it. Additionally, it’s the new year, a perfect time to refocus, prioritize your career, and set your goals for 2020.  

Cost: $95 

The conference is built for established authors (201 level content rather than 101) but newer authors are invited and encouraged to attend as well! It’s my goal that everyone who attends the conference leaves with achievable goals and an action plan set for the new year, many new words written, new connections made, and greater and deeper understanding of both the craft and business sides of publishing. I’d love to see you there! 


Kate is a developmental editor at Dovetail Fiction and an author of young adult fiction, including How We Fall (Simon Pulse, 2014) and “Godzilla” (Keep Faith anthology). As a child, she spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. An incurable love for seeing real life through the pages of a book drew her to writing fiction, and at fifteen she decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since. After teaching high school English for three years, she decided her life would be publishing all the way, and she started working as an intern for Carol Mann Literary Agency.  Since then she has edited for publishing houses, bestselling self-publishing authors, and clients of literary agencies, including The Bent Agency, New Leaf Literary, and Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. She’s worked as an acquiring editor at Entangled Publishing and as a copyeditor for Lerner Publishing Group, and she has been invited to present at the Romantic Times Convention, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Idaho Writers Conference, RWA, Midwest Writers Workshop, Dordt University, Northwestern College, University of Nebraska Omaha, and others. Her novel How We Fall released to positive reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, VOYA, Horn Book Guide, and School Library Journal, and was a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Best YA Novel nominee.

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