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WRAL’s Amanda Lamb to be Keynote at
Triangle Area Freelancers’ Annual Nonfiction Conference

RALEIGH, NC—February 1, 2010—Triangle Area Freelancers announces Write Now! 2010, its third annual nonfiction writing symposium, to be held at Wake Technical Community College’s Main Campus on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local television personality Amanda Lamb, WRAL crime beat reporter and author of several books, will deliver the keynote address. Her latest true-crime book, Evil Next Door, scheduled for release April 6, 2010, chronicles the efforts of a dedicated team of detectives to track down a suspected serial killer. Lamb’s previous books include Smotherhood, a humorous look at parenting, and Deadly Dose, about the inner workings of a murder investigation.

Triangle Area Freelancers (TAF) is an organization of professional writers located primarily in North Carolina’s Triangle region. TAF members have been published in numerous local and national magazines and newspapers, including The News & Observer, The Cary News, Our State, North Carolina Signature, Midtown magazine, Parade, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Mad Magazine, Military Officer, and others. Many TAF members have also published or contributed to an eclectic array of books, including the group’s 2008 anthology A Taste of TAFFY and the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

The theme for Write Now! 2010 is “Making Your Freelance Dreams Come True.” The classes, which are taught by nationally published writers and journalists, will be presented in two tracks. Track A, for novice writers, will include topics such as Crafting the Perfect Query Letter, Nurturing the Writer/Editor Relationship, Technology for Beginning Freelancers, and Five-Minute Mentoring. Track B, for more experienced writers, will focus on Podcasting For Success, Moving Up to the Major Markets, Chasing the Human Interest Story, and Niche Writing.

In response to feedback from previous conferences, a new inclusion, Five-minute Mentoring, will offer beginning writers a chance to briefly discuss their career goals with an experienced freelancer. The mentoring session, along with the always-popular panel discussion “Ask the Freelancers!”, will allow participants to experience the support and exchange of ideas that is characteristic of TAF’s monthly meetings.

Molly Wyman, the managing editor of Military Officer magazine, a monthly publication which reaches more than 360,000 members of the Military Officers Association of America (, will be one of this year’s presenters. Mark Cantrell, a conference planner, says he is “excited about offering attendees the opportunity to interact with the editor of a national publication, particularly one as well-respected as Military Officer.”

Registration information is available on the TAF website: Again this year the organization is holding advance registration to just $59 ($49 for students with a valid ID and seniors 65 and over). Walk-in registration will be $69. Only 100 seats are available. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, catered box lunch, and beverages.

Donald Vaughan
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