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                Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, Association of
                  American Publishers President, Featured Speaker

                   High-Tech Experts to Present Ways Writers Can
                   Benefit from the Internet and New Technology

      WASHINGTON--Former Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) will be the
featured luncheon speaker at the Washington Independent Writers 2000
Technology Conference to be held here Saturday, Oct. 21. 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 Washington.

      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.

      "We have recruited many high-powered experts who can provide keen
insight into what writers can do to make the most of the digital age," says
WIW Executive Director Isolde Chapin.

      New at this year's conference will be two sessions on Internet Web
site design, including a panel on advanced Internet functions such as
e-commerce and taking payments electronically online via credit cards.
Among those speaking on the topic will be Craig Sablosky of CyberCash Inc.,
a leading Internet electronic payment processing company.

      Other featured speakers include Jeri Clausing, executive editor of
Interactive Week. Until recently, she was a Washington-based reporter for
the New York Times, where she covered government and Internet policy issues
for CyberTimes. She will discuss how writers can get paid to publish their
work online.

      Susan Fulton, senior manager for administration of the New York Times
picture desk, will detail the latest options in speech recognition hardware
and software that allow writers to talk and have their words appear
onscreen without typing.

      Richard Hoffman, contributing editor of Network Computing, will
discuss new options writers have for mobile computing, including handheld
computers such as the Palm Pilot, portable fax machines and printers,
mobile phones and pagers.

      National Public Radio reference librarian Alphonse Vinh will speak on
a panel covering advances in online research tools that help writers locate
sources and information quickly.

      New markets for book authors online will be covered in a panel
featuring representatives of iUniverse.com Inc. and Xlibris.com, which
specialize in printing books on demand. Publisher Barry Beckham will
discuss new ways for writers to enter joint publishing arrangements with
small publishers.

      Todd Hayes, the author of two books and founder of UndergroundE.com,
an e-book publishing company, will chair a panel focusing on new
opportunities and challenges for writers. Longtime WIW Advisory Board
member Peter J. Ognibene will reveal how he and other free-lance writers
make a financially rewarding living by locating writing assignments online.

      Many writers are unaware of the relatively new phenomenon of spyware.
Spyware can be installed surreptitiously on computers and report
continuously to the programs' sponsors all the sites computer users have
visited on the World Wide Web. Chandu Ketkar, vice president of IXI Corp.,
and Bud Stolker, president of Landmark Computer Laboratories Inc., will
discuss how to deal with these and other online threats.

      Some writers have reached the point where they want to step their
home offices up to high-speed Internet access, using cable modem or digital
subscriber line (DSL) technology and connecting all computers in their
homes to that broadband link through a local area network. Susan M. Menke,
chief technology editor of Government Computing News, will chair a panel
addressing that issue.

      During that session, physical therapist Jayne F. Gribble will tell
writers how to keep their office and computer equipment from causing them
harm, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

      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.

      "We are excited about this year's Technology Conference, which some
of us think promises to be our best ever," says Chapin.

      For additional details, see the conference agenda at
<http://www.washwriter.org/events/techconf.htm>. More information is also
available from the WIW office, 733 15th St. NW, Suite 220, Washington, D.C.
20005, voice (202) 347-4973, fax (202) 628-0298,
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ([log in to unmask]), <www.washwriter.org>.

      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.

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