Throughout the year, we offer an array of seminars, panels, social gatherings and events for authors to keep you connected and informed about the legal and business side of writing.

We offer webinars and phone seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. We also provide in-person panel discussions and interviews on topics of interest to our members and sponsor social events throughout the country. Guild members have first—and often exclusive—access to these events. We also encourage our members to share literary events happening in their communities on our comprehensive Events Calendar, searchable by ZIP code.

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Webinar Archive.


UPCOMING WEBINARS

Create Engaging School Visits   

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
1 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

For many authors and illustrators, the idea of visiting schools to give talks and presentations is overwhelming or even scary. You spend your days alone with your ideas, so how do you translate that into a school visit? How do you engage students and also make the adults who hired you happy? Author Michelle Cusolito will provide practical ideas for planning and running an engaging school or library program that also meets the needs of teachers and librarians. She’ll start by giving a quick overview of Common Core standards to help you see how your work dovetails with the standards. Then she’ll move into practical, real-world examples of successful programs that were designed to suit the style of the individual author. She’ll also offer tips for selling books, setting reasonable fees, and running Skype visits. The webinar will end with a Q&A session.

Presenter:
Michelle Cusolito is the debut author of the nonfiction picture book Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin (Charlesbridge, 2018). She has worked as a naturalist, classroom teacher, and curriculum developer. She holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. As Chairperson of a PTO Cultural Committee, Michelle hired author and illustrator presenters. She has facilitated similar workshops both in-person and via webinar for SCBWI, The Writer’s Loft, and 12 x 12. Michelle is represented by Jill Corcoran. Learn more at http://www.michellecusolito.com/   Twitter: @mcusolito


Do Right Of Publicity Cases Pose a Threat to Authors?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
3 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

Recently there has been an upsurge of cases attempting to limit the use, without consent or compensation, of a celebrity's name, picture or story in creative works. While the recent cases have involved TV films and videogames, the statutes and the decisions of the courts will apply to all creative works, including fiction and non-fiction, books, plays, movies, etc. What does all this mean for authors’ ability to write about real people in either fiction or nonfiction? What do authors need to be wary of when writing about real people? Does it matter if they are deceased?

Presenters:
Michael Bamberger is a senior counsel with Dentons US LLP, New York. He has counseled and litigated for authors, books and media for many years. He has been involved in over 100 First Amendment cases in trial and appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court.

Richard Zuckerman is a partner with Dentons US LLP, New York. His practice includes First Amendment and commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts. He has argued in most of the US courts of appeals and in the highest courts of several states. He has appeared as counsel for media organizations, the American Bar Association, and other amici, in the US Supreme Court.


Author Websites: Our New Sitebuilder Features

Thursday, May 3, 2018
3 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

Whether you already have a website with the Guild or you’re thinking of creating one, this seminar is appropriate for you. Tadhg Hoey of the Web Services department will take you through some of the features of Sitebuilder, the Guild’s software designed specifically for authors. Here are some highlights:

  • Themes that are 100% mobile-friendly
  • Flexible layouts
  • Dedicated social media buttons
  • Larger images
  • Clean—and simple—editing interface
  • Option of using a simplified home page

Have you had a Sitebuilder website with us for a long time? Come see some of the features we released in the last year in our updated software.


Book Contracts 101

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
1 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

Authors Guild General Counsel Cheryl Davis and Director of Legal Services Michael Gross will guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions to include and perils to avoid.


 

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Webinar Archive.

 

Throughout the year, we offer an array of seminars, panels, social gatherings and events for authors to keep you connected and informed about the legal and business side of writing.

We offer webinars and phone seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. We also provide in-person panel discussions and interviews on topics of interest to our members and sponsor social events throughout the country. Guild members have first—and often exclusive—access to these events. We also encourage our members to share literary events happening in their communities on our comprehensive Events Calendar, searchable by ZIP code.

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Webinar Archive.


UPCOMING WEBINARS

Create Engaging School Visits   

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
1 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

For many authors and illustrators, the idea of visiting schools to give talks and presentations is overwhelming or even scary. You spend your days alone with your ideas, so how do you translate that into a school visit? How do you engage students and also make the adults who hired you happy? Author Michelle Cusolito will provide practical ideas for planning and running an engaging school or library program that also meets the needs of teachers and librarians. She’ll start by giving a quick overview of Common Core standards to help you see how your work dovetails with the standards. Then she’ll move into practical, real-world examples of successful programs that were designed to suit the style of the individual author. She’ll also offer tips for selling books, setting reasonable fees, and running Skype visits. The webinar will end with a Q&A session.

Michelle Cusolito is the debut author of the nonfiction picture book Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin (Charlesbridge, 2018). She has worked as a naturalist, classroom teacher, and curriculum developer. She holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. As Chairperson of a PTO Cultural Committee, Michelle hired author and illustrator presenters. She has facilitated similar workshops both in-person and via webinar for SCBWI, The Writer’s Loft, and 12 x 12. Michelle is represented by Jill Corcoran. Learn more at http://www.michellecusolito.com/   Twitter: @mcusolito


Do Right Of Publicity Cases Pose a Threat to Authors?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
3 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

Recently there has been an upsurge of cases attempting to limit the use, without consent or compensation, of a celebrity's name, picture or story in creative works. While the recent cases have involved TV films and videogames, the statutes and the decisions of the courts will apply to all creative works, including fiction and non-fiction, books, plays, movies, etc. What does all this mean for authors’ ability to write about real people in either fiction or nonfiction? What do authors need to be wary of when writing about real people? Does it matter if they are deceased?

Presenters:
Michael Bamberger is a senior counsel with Dentons US LLP, New York. He has counseled and litigated for authors, books and media for many years. He has been involved in over 100 First Amendment cases in trial and appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court.

Richard Zuckerman is a partner with Dentons US LLP, New York. His practice includes First Amendment and commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts. He has argued in most of the US courts of appeals and in the highest courts of several states. He has appeared as counsel for media organizations, the American Bar Association, and other amici, in the US Supreme Court.


Author Websites: Our New Sitebuilder Features

Thursday, May 3, 2018
3 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

Whether you already have a website with the Guild or you’re thinking of creating one, this seminar is appropriate for you. Tadhg Hoey of the Web Services department will take you through some of the features of Sitebuilder, the Guild’s software designed specifically for authors. Here are some highlights:

  • Themes that are 100% mobile-friendly
  • Flexible layouts
  • Dedicated social media buttons
  • Larger images
  • Clean—and simple—editing interface
  • Option of using a simplified home page

Have you had a Sitebuilder website with us for a long time? Come see some of the features we released in the last year in our updated software.


Book Contracts 101

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
1 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar here

Authors Guild General Counsel Cheryl Davis and Director of Legal Services Michael Gross will guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions to include and perils to avoid.


 To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Webinar Archive.

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