The 2019 DISQUIET International Literary Program, sponsored by Dzanc Books and Centro Nacional de Cultura, was held from June 23 to July 5 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft talks, and literary walks. The faculty included poets Erica Dawson and Terri Witek; fiction writers Jensen Beach, Camille Bordas, Shane Hinton, Jenny Offill, and Justin Torres; nonfiction writer Chris Feliciano Arnold; artist Cyriaco Lopes; photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice; and editor and fiction writer Emily Nemens. Tuition was $1,950; transportation, lodging, and meals were not included. Lodging was available for discounted rates at area hotels and hostels. The annual Dzanc Books literary contest, which included full tuition, airfare, and lodging, was given to one poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer; writers submitted up to six poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 25 pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by January 10. Four full scholarships, including tuition, lodging, and airfare, were also available for North American writers of Luso descent; writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose and a personal statement by January 10. There was no application fee. For general conference applications, writers submitted three poems or up to 10 pages of prose and a refundable $150 tuition deposit. Financial aid was available. Admissions were made on a rolling basis. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Disquiet International Literary Program, Dzanc Books, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002.