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Complete Your Manuscript – Get the Support You Need

February 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jill Kelly presents COMPLETE YOUR MANUSCRIPT - GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED at Willamette Writers Salem

“Complete Your Manuscript – Get the Support You Need” | Presented by Jill Kelly
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
At the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room B)


From coaches to beta-readers, workshops to retreats, self-editing to a paid editor, we’ll discuss 12 ways to complete your manuscript:

  1. Workshops and classes
  2. Support groups vs. critique groups
  3. Writing Fridays
  4. Writing retreats
  5. Beta-readers (paid and unpaid)
  6. When are you done? How do you know?
  7. Self-publishing vs. agent/editor/traditional publishing
  8. Editing vs. rewriting
  9. Assessing your own editing skills
  10. Hiring an editor: why the money is worth it
  11. Book designer, cover designer
  12. Costs of publication

Jill Kelly presents COMPLETE YOUR MANUSCRIPT - GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED at Willamette Writers SalemAbout Our Speaker – Jill Kelly

Jill Kelly, PhD, is a freelance editor and writer. Her most recent novel is When Your Mother Doesn’t (April 2015, Skyhorse, New York). She is the author of two other novels, The Color of Longing (3 Cats Press, 2013) and Fog of Dead Souls (Skyhorse, 2014). Her memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She is a frequent presenter at the Willamette Writers Conference on editing and a spokesperson for enhanced creativity for people in recovery. She has been helping writers move their manuscripts to completion for over 20 years.

To learn more visit Jill Kelly’s website. Follow Jill on Twitter: @jillkellyauthor.

Follow-up Workshop: Get Ready to Publish with Jill Kelly

Jill will offer a “Get Ready to Publish” workshop in Salem on the Saturday following the monthly meeting (February 21, 1:15-4:15 p.m.). Click here to learn more and to register. Sign up before February 3rd to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing ($30 for Willamette Writers members) and so that Jill will review your sample pages before the workshop. Sign up today!

Meeting Format

6:30-7 pm:         social time, including news and member announcements*
7-8:30 pm:         speaker’s presentation followed by Q&A and book sales/signing

* We have snacks, but if you want coffee or water, please bring it with you.


  • Free for members of Willamette Writers (all chapters).
  • Free for full-time students under 22 years old.
  • Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5.
  • Non-members pay $10 to attend meetings.

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February 17, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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