A Writer's Bonfire Conference by Own Your Story

Own Your Story, a group venture of authors, publishers, and promotion specialists, welcomes you to A Writer’s Bonfire: Sparking the Flame of the Writer Within. This event is an exclusive online course for writers and aspiring authors, with a focus on topics important to independent authors and self-publishing. It is intended to provide informative tips and practical strategies and tools to increase an aspiring or experienced writer’s knowledge and capacity, thus adding to their writer’s toolbox.

Brought to participants over the course of a weekend and in the comfort of their home, each session will be provided by an expert on topics that fall under the following categories:

  • Marketing Your Novel
  • Writing Your Novel
  • Publishing Your Novel
  • Branding Your Novel/Self

Own Your Story is looking for capable individuals in the writing and book publishing industry who are passionate about writing and committed to increasing the knowledge and competency of authors. Do you possess knowledge and skills within one of the above categories authors would benefit from learning? Are you willing to lift as you climb, sharing pearls of wisdom, lessons learned, and actionable steps to professional growth and success? If so, we invite you to apply to serve as a session lecturer. Think of your session as a virtual gathering around a bonfire, led, not by a griot relaying stories of old, but by a Teacher of the Year, a leader, as well as a learner.

The free, online event will be held on September 28-30, 2018. Each session will be thirty to sixty minutes in length, with authors recording their presentation and submitting to Own Your Story. We will, according to a determined schedule, post each presentation and make it available for session registrants.


Facilitator Benefits:

  • increase your visibility
  • get word out about your book or business
  • expand your professional network through collaboration with others
  • provide an additional platform to share your knowledge

Loving the idea of lifting as you climb and giving back to the indie community? If so, submit your session proposal today. All submissions are due no later than July 15th. Dariel Raye, author and founding member of Own Your Story, will respond to submission proposals and serve as the communication liaison between Own Your Story and session facilitators. All queries may be sent to [email protected]

Submissions will be reviewed by Own Your Story and an email response will be emailed to all applicants within two weeks of the close of submissions. For those invited to participate in the 2018 Writer's Bonfire conference, a contract will accompany the letter of acceptance, along with additional information.

We look forward to reading your submissions.


Complete Facilitator Application Here



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