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 Event Archive


Bad Contracts Are Not Forever: A Review of The Statutory Right of Termination In Section 203 of the Copyright Act

Online Webinar
October 22, 1p.m. ET

Registration (required)>>

Many authors are unaware of a key provision of the U.S. copyright law that lets them recapture their rights after thirty-five years. Section 203 of the Copyright allows authors a second bite of the apple: a right to terminate any assignment, license, or transfer of copyright (except works made for hire). In this webinar copyright attorney Ed Klaris and Authors Guild attorney Umair Kazi will discuss this important right that Congress built into copyright law and the formalities for getting your rights back. Panelists: Ed Klaris, Umair Kazi


Estate Planning for Authors

Online Webinar
November 6, 1p.m. ET

Registration (required)>>

Estate planning, providing for loved ones and distributing money and property according to one’s wishes when he or she one day passes away, is important for all adults. Authors, however, have additional interests to consider, including directing how their books and other creative property will be handled after their death. In this webinar, attorney Edward M. McCoyd will discuss wills, trusts, and other estate planning vehicles, like appointing a “literary executor” or “literary trustee” to manage the copyrights in the author’s estate,providing for the administration of websites, social media pages, and other digital assets, exercising of statutory rights to terminate copyright grants after an author’s death, and the potential role organizations like the Authors Guild play in managing an author’s literary legacy. Panelist: Ed McCoyd


The Art of the Adaptation

Live Q&A session
November 18, 3:30 p.m. ET

Registration (required)>>

You want to adapt your novel, your play into a screenplay. Novelist and screenwriter Richard Vetere and Authors Guild general counsel Cheryl Davis answer the important questions you need to know about adapting your work for the screen. Does your contract with your publisher allow you to do it? If so, how do you approach the adaptation process? What creative questions should you ask yourself first? What characters do you keep, which do you lose? What locations should be in the movie? Can you create new characters, new events? If you’re writing a series of books, can you then use those new characters in the series? If you work with another writer, what are your rights in the screenplay? There is an art to adaptation, as well as the business of making sure your rights are protected. Submit your questions for this live Q&A. Register now, space is limited. Panelists: Richard Vetere and Cheryl Davis


From Manuscript to Marketplace

Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.

DATES AND INFORMATION>>


Webinars: Business Bootcamps for Writers

As a supplement to our in-person bootcamp tour, this webinar series will provide early-to-mid-career authors with tools and resources to manage their careers and successfully navigate the marketplace.

MORE INFO>>


Age of the Storyteller

A Free Online Marketing Course for Authors

The Age of the Storyteller is an eight-session online course designed by Lisa Weinert that teaches writers how to market their work.

In eight modules, consisting of videos, resources and optional assignments, writers will learn how to navigate the various publishing options open to them based on their specific projects and goals, as well as practical tools and strategies to market and promote their work before, during and after the launch. Specific topics include:

  • The pros and cons of self-publishing, hybrid publishing and traditional publishing models
  • Establishing a platform in advance of publication or seeking a publisher
  • How to create a digital author brand
  • Using social media to build an audience and sell your book
  • Becoming an active literary citizen in person and online
  • The nuts and bolts of book publicity

MORE INFO>>


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 Event Archive.

 


Bad Contracts Are Not Forever: A Review of The Statutory Right of Termination In Section 203 of the Copyright Act

Online Webinar
October 22, 1p.m. ET

Registration (required)>>

Many authors are unaware of a key provision of the U.S. copyright law that lets them recapture their rights after thirty-five years. Section 203 of the Copyright allows authors a second bite of the apple: a right to terminate any assignment, license, or transfer of copyright (except works made for hire). In this webinar copyright attorney Ed Klaris and Authors Guild attorney Umair Kazi will discuss this important right that Congress built into copyright law and the formalities for getting your rights back. Panelists: Ed Klaris, Umair Kazi


Estate Planning for Authors

Online Webinar
November 6, 1p.m. ET

Registration (required)>>

Estate planning, providing for loved ones and distributing money and property according to one’s wishes when he or she one day passes away, is important for all adults. Authors, however, have additional interests to consider, including directing how their books and other creative property will be handled after their death. In this webinar, attorney Edward M. McCoyd will discuss wills, trusts, and other estate planning vehicles, like appointing a “literary executor” or “literary trustee” to manage the copyrights in the author’s estate,providing for the administration of websites, social media pages, and other digital assets, exercising of statutory rights to terminate copyright grants after an author’s death, and the potential role organizations like the Authors Guild play in managing an author’s literary legacy. Panelist: Ed McCoyd


The Art of the Adaptation

Live Q&A session
November 18, 3:30 p.m. ET

Registration (required)>>

You want to adapt your novel, your play into a screenplay. Novelist and screenwriter Richard Vetere and Authors Guild general counsel Cheryl Davis answer the important questions you need to know about adapting your work for the screen. Does your contract with your publisher allow you to do it? If so, how do you approach the adaptation process? What creative questions should you ask yourself first? What characters do you keep, which do you lose? What locations should be in the movie? Can you create new characters, new events? If you’re writing a series of books, can you then use those new characters in the series? If you work with another writer, what are your rights in the screenplay? There is an art to adaptation, as well as the business of making sure your rights are protected. Submit your questions for this live Q&A. Register now, space is limited. Panelists: Richard Vetere and Cheryl Davis.


From Manuscript to Marketplace

Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.

DATES AND INFORMATION>>


Webinars: Business Bootcamps for Writers

As a supplement to our in-person bootcamp tour, this webinar series will provide early-to-mid-career authors with tools and resources to manage their careers and successfully navigate the marketplace.

MORE INFO>>


Age of the Storyteller

A Free Online Marketing Course for Authors

The Age of the Storyteller is an eight-session online course designed by Lisa Weinert that teaches writers how to market their work.

In eight modules, consisting of videos, resources and optional assignments, writers will learn how to navigate the various publishing options open to them based on their specific projects and goals, as well as practical tools and strategies to market and promote their work before, during and after the launch. Specific topics include:

  • The pros and cons of self-publishing, hybrid publishing and traditional publishing models
  • Establishing a platform in advance of publication or seeking a publisher
  • How to create a digital author brand
  • Using social media to build an audience and sell your book
  • Becoming an active literary citizen in person and online
  • The nuts and bolts of book publicity

MORE INFO>>

 


 

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