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Ken Reigner <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 13 Oct 2000 09:57:08 -0400
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      Reminder: Tomorrow, Saturday, October 14, is the deadline for early
registration discounts for the Washington Independent Writers (WIW)
Technology Conference, which will be held Saturday, October 21, in Washington.

      Conference registration orders that are postmarked by tomorrow,
October 14, will receive a $15 discount. Credit card reservations made by
telephone or fax are also eligible for the early registration discount.

      Details of the conference are available online on WIW's Web site at
<a href="">
<> </a>.

      Former Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) will be the featured
luncheon speaker at the conference, which is entitled "Writers, Technology
and the Internet: Opportunities in the New Millennium." The conference will
run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University Club, 1135 16th St. NW, in

      Schroeder, president of the Association of American Publishers, will
speak about ways writers can benefit from what the publishing industry is
doing to meet the challenges of electronic publishing. She will be
appearing the day after her return to Washington from the International
Publishers Association Frankfurt Book Fair.

      At that meeting in Germany, she will present a proposal on American
publishers' open e-book standards. She will also speak there on the topic
of digital piracy at a session jointly sponsored with the British
publishing authority. She will report to the WIW conference on what
happened at those events.

      WIW conference attendees will hear from several other specialists,
from publishing, academia, the media and high-tech organizations, who will
discuss ways writers can deal with the problems and opportunities presented
by the Internet and new computer technology.

      Early registration for the conference is $125 for WIW members, $150
for nonmembers and $210 for a combined membership/conference fee. After
October 14, all prices will increase by $15. An additional $10 will be
charged for registration on the day of the conference. A light breakfast
and lunch are included.

      To register for the conference, see the registration form at <a
<> </a>.

      For additional details, contact the WIW office, 733 15th St. NW,
Suite 220, Washington, D.C. 20005, voice (202) 347-4973, fax (202)
628-0298, <a href="mailto:[log in to unmask]"> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
([log in to unmask]) </a>.

      Information about WIW is available at <a
href=""> <> </a>.

      Photographs and biographical sketches of conference speakers are
available at <a href="">
<> </a>.

      Washington Independent Writers is a non-profit professional
organization based in Washington, D.C., for independent writers, editors
and journalists. Founded in 1975, WIW is the largest regional writers'
group in the United States, with approximately 1,500 members.

      WIW also sponsors a Listserv e-mail discussion list called WIW-L. For
a free WIW-L subscription, send an e-mail message to <a
href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">
<[log in to unmask]></a>, and in the body of the message, type
"subscribe WIW-L YourFirstName YourLastName" (without the quotation marks).

      Or send a blank e-mail message to <a
href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">
<[log in to unmask]> </a>.

      Please forgive the crossposts.


                               Ken Reigner

Ken Reigner                                           Vice President
[log in to unmask]                Chairman, Technology Committee
mailto:[log in to unmask]         Washington Independent Writers

---------------------------- Conference Agenda --------------------------

                       Washington Independent Writers


                       The 2000 Technology Conference

                   "Writers, Technology and the Internet:
                    Opportunities in the New Millennium"

                            Saturday, October 21,
                              8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                             The University Club
                             1135 16th Street NW
                               Washington, D.C.

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:20-10:35     Track A: How to Create a Great Web Site

           - Web Design 101: Basic Steps and Design Principles
           - Getting Your Web Site Noticed
           - Writing the Content for Your Site

      Track B: New Tools for Online Research

           - Finding Information and Sources on the Internet Quickly, Using
             Search Engines, Databases, and Related Services

10:50-12:05    New Markets for Book Authors Online

           - How Printing Books on Demand and Small Publishers' Doing
             "Cooperative Publishing" with Writers Has Changed the
             Publishing Industry

12:20-1:50     Luncheon

           - How Writers Can Benefit from What the Publishing Industry Is
             Doing to Meet the Challenges of E-Publishing

           - Speaker: Former Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.), president
             and chief executive officer, Association of American
             Publishers, Washington, D.C., the national trade organization
             of the U.S. book publishing industry

2:05-3:20 New Opportunities and Challenges for Writers

           - Online Marketing: How to Use the Internet to Find Contract
             Writing Assignments
           - Publishing Online: Getting Paid to Publish Your Work on the
           - Online Hazards: Hackers, Crackers, Spyware, Viruses, Trojan
             Horses and Worms
           - Computer and Internet Security: Firewalls, Anti-Viral/Spyware
             Software and Other Solutions

3:35-4:50 Track A: Advanced Web Site Design: Taking Your Site to the Next

           - Adding Bells and Whistles: What Makes Sense for Your Site?
           - E-Commerce: Is It Right for Your Web Site?
           - Web Order Processing: How an Online Credit Card Merchant
             Account Can Work for You
           - Credit Card Transactions: Which Electronic Payment Processing
             System Is Right for You?

      Track B: New Efficiencies for Writers

           - Speech Recognition Systems: Are They Right for You?
           - Using High-Speed Internet Connections, Home Office Networks
             and E-Mail Faxing to Boost Your Productivity
           - Ergonomics: How to Keep Your Office Equipment, Computer
             Keyboard and Furniture from Hurting You
           - Mobile Computing: Which Handheld Computers, Portable Fax
             Machines and Printers, Mobile Phones and Pagers Are Right For

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