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The Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference was held from August 7 to August 10 at the Boar’s Head Inn just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. The conference offered workshops, craft lectures, readings, and panels for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The conference focused on Southern literature. The faculty included poet Beth Ann Fennelly, fiction writer Richard Bausch, and nonfiction writer Wells Tower. Participating writers and publishing professionals included fiction writer Tom Franklin and editor Scott Stossel (the Atlantic). The cost of the conference was $950 ($800 for auditors), which included tuition and some meals. Using the online submission system, writers submitted four to seven poems totaling no more than 15 pages, or up to 20 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction (include a project summary for an excerpt from a longer work), and a short bio by July 31. A limited number of scholarships worth $350 each were available; writers applied by July 15. Lodging was available at the Boar’s Head Inn for $165 a night; writers reserved rooms by July 7. Visit the website for more information.
Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference, 5 Boar’s Head Lane, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22904. (434) 243-4995. Allison Wright, Coordinator.