The Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas will host a one-day Spring Publishing Conference on Saturday, May 3, featuring Writer’s Digest publishing expert Chuck Sambuchino.

Forbes magazine named Sambuchino a leading influence in the publishing industry.

Registration for the conference, which runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Thompson Hall, is $125.

This will be the Workshop’s first conference on publishing for the community and the region.

"I am really looking forward to the broad expertise about publishing Mr. Sambuchino will bring to interested writers in the Central Arkansas region," said Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice, professor of writing and director of the Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop. "This is the first of many publishing conferences we plan to host, bringing experienced publishing professionals to students and community members in the central Arkansas region."

Conference registration will include continental breakfast/meet and greet; the morning session, "Getting Published"; luncheon/networking opportunity and afternoon session, "Agents and Book Options."

Vanderslice said Sambuchino was the first name to come up during the early planning process, as suggested by Dr. Francie Bolter, who is retiring from the Department of Writing this spring.

An editor for Writer’s Digest Books as well as a best-selling humor book author, Sambuchino edits the Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents as well as theChildren’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the biggest blogs in publishing. He also blogs for

His humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (, was released in September 2010 and has been featured by Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times and AOL News. Sony and director Robert Zemeckis recently optioned the film rights.

"The author of the No. 1 book on creating a platform as a writer, Chuck Sambuchino is a leading expert and influencer in publishing — I know he’ll present an invigorating conference full of cutting-edge information," Vanderslice said.

For more information and to register online, check out the conference website at or call 450-3340or