The Sangria Summit May Workshop has been cancelled.
The May 2013 Sangria Summit Military Writers’ Workshop will feature panel discussions and sessions designed to answer your questions about the process of writing, getting published, and promoting your work, with its focus on the unique challenge of writing about the military.
The events are scheduled for May 3 at 6:00pm until May 5 at 9:00pm (MDT) in Colorado Springs. Further details are at this link: http://sangriasummit.com/sangria-summit-workshop-may-3-5th-2013-in-colorado-springs.
Sangria Summit members may attend this workshop for FREE. Visit this link: http://sangriasummit.com/benefits-of-sangria-summit-membership for information on Sangria Summit membership.
Friday // Reception at Hampton Inn and Suites (6PM to Midnight)
Master of Ceremonies: Randy Brown (Charlie Sherpa)
Saturday // DAY ONE at Mandatory Fun (9 AM until 5 PM)
Nate Brookshire: Our Book/Our Journey
Mark Coker: Keynote speaker during lunch
Randy Brown: Magazines, Journals and Anthologies
Panel Number One: PTSD and TBI
Panel Number Two: Traditional Publishing vs e-Publishing
Sunday // DAY TWO at Mandatory Fun (9 AM until 5 PM)
Shelly Goodman Wright: Utilizing a writing critique group
Lola Spitfire and Friends: Promote Yourself!
Karen Linamen: How to write a self-help book
MaryAnn Karinch: Keynote speaker during lunch
Panel Number Three: Write about the Military without Ending your Professional Military Career
Panel Number Four: Ten Markets for Selling your Military Writing
This is a preliminary agenda.
Sangria Summit membership will be offered on a calendar basis, at $100/year.
This membership entitles a person to FREE admission to the May 2013 workshop and the October 2013 conference.
To obtain a Sangria Summit membership call Mandatory Fun during their normal business hours. They will process your order by phone.
Call (719) 576-0545
Victor Ian LLC, a military gaming and media company based in Colorado Springs, Colo., has announced that it will sponsor the Red Bull Rising blog starting October 2012, with the objective of expanding the blog’s coverage of military writing as a vocation.
The company publishes Lanterloon, an eclectic lifestyle, technology, and military blog; has a physical storefront called “Dragons and Dragoons” located in Colorado Springs; and conducts “Sangria Summit”-brand workshops and conferences for military writers.
Randy “Sherpa” Brown has written the Red Bull Rising blog since December 2009, when he was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B.C.T.), 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division. He originally wrote under a pseudonym of “Charlie Sherpa,” in part to avoid conflicts between his military and civilian roles. In his military career, Brown reported “lessons-learned” to internal military audiences. Brown is now retired from the military.
In his civilian career, Brown is a freelance magazine writer and editor with specialties in architecture, history, and technology. Much of his work involves community-building and “how-to” journalism.
“With Sangria Summit events, our purpose is to provide both aspiring and established military writers the inspiration, motivation, and tools they need to succeed,” says James Burns, co-founder of Victor Ian LLC. “In the Red Bull Rising blog, we saw a potential partner given its past ‘writing about military writing,’ as well as the author’s digging in and finding out what veterans, service personnel, and mil-families are doing and thinking.”
The inaugural Sangria Summit conference was held in Denver, September 2012. Tentative plans have been announced for other Sangria Summit events in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May 2013 and October 2013. The May event is most likely going to be a writers’ workshop, and the October event a larger-scale conference.
Brown says the sponsorship will allow him to build on the blog’s long-standing mission: “To remember, support, and celebrate citizen-soldiers past and present, as well as their families.”
“Documenting and sharing one’s military experiences—whether for yourself, your family, or a wider audience—has always been part of the Red Bull Rising mission,” he says. “This new relationship will allow me to expand the blog’s coverage, and to make it more concrete: How to improve yourself as a military writer, or find new markets or styles in which to work.”
According to a new “Sponsors” page on the Red Bull Rising blog, “Sponsored posts will always be clearly identified. Sponsors do not have editorial input toward or review of Red Bull Rising content prior to publication.
By Charlie Sherpa
This might feel a little bit like posting one of those haul videos to the Internet, but Sherpa returned from last week’s Sangria Summit: A Military Writers’ Conference in Denver, Colo. with a rucksack heavy with books, a notebook full of ideas, and a pocket stuffed with names, numbers, and email addresses of new collaborators. [Read more...]
James and Bill Burns, along with the Summit staff, Isaac Cubillos, Rachel Hario and Victoria Camey, give a generous thank you to all the presenters and participants who attended the Summit earlier this month, in Denver.
Besides the presentations, there were many new professional relationships that formed, and are developing online via social media sites. This was what we hoped would happen. The annual Summit is not just about learning about the craft of writing and promoting a book, but also bringing together people to share ideas, stories, and fostering encouragement. We think we did that.
Bar none, the two venues, the Denver Marriott City Center and the Denver Press Club, provided exceptional services, and we wish to thank the staffs of those to establishments for their support.
Now, we are moving ahead for the Second Annual Sangria Summit scheduled for May 4-5, 2013, in Denver. The annual event will take place each May with workshops in other parts of the country. We already have commitments from presenters, and we’ll provide more information at a later date.
Again, thanks to all who were at our inaugural event.
It’s time to make a commitment to attend the Sangria Summit: The Military Writers’ Conference.
If you are thinking of attending, you must make your call to the hotel to make a reservation at the group rate. The rate will not be available after Thursday. [Read more...]
New York Times best-selling author and former Green Beret, Bob Mayer understands first hand the training involved in the Special Forces’ Trojan Warrior Program. With his novel, “Psychic Warrior,” Mayer writes about how the program could have gone wrong. The program takes warfare into the virtual plane through avatars, and then reinsert covert operatives into the real world. The results could be devastating. [Read more...]
Sangria Summit: A Military Writers’ Conference brings real-world publishing knowledge, writing inspiration and networking opportunities from Sept. 12-14, 2012 to Denver. Join us in the Mile High City to find out how publishing and tech developments affect writers, how you can make your work irresistible, and what you can do to get going, get discovered, and get published.