“Writers cannot afford the luxury of emotional numbness nor protective armor.” —Quiara Alegría Hudes, author of My Broken Language
The Community of Writers will offer online workshops in poetry from June 19 to June 26, in fiction from July 11 to July 17, and in creative nonfiction from August 1 to August 6. The program features workshops, craft talks, publishing panels, readings, and one-on-one conferences with faculty. The faculty includes poets Kazim Ali, Blas Falconer, Brenda Hillman, Forrest Gander, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley; fiction writers Alex Espinoza, Janet Fitch, Karen Joy Fowler, Stephen Graham Jones, Vanessa Hua, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Dana Johnson, Louis B.
Community of Writers, P.O. Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. (530) 470-8440. Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director.
“In a flash I realized: I had to tell the story the way that my grandmother told hers.” In an excerpt from Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature (Simon & Schuster, 2021), published at Literary Hub, Angus Fletcher writes about this realization Gabriel Garcia Márquez had before writing One Hundred Years of Solitude. Fletcher likens Márquez’s realization to Nicolaus Copernicus discovering the heliocentric model, in which by relearning the old star tables fashioned by Arab astronomers, he saw the same coordinates from a new perspective, thus ushering in “a new world.” Write an essay telling a personal anecdote in the way a beloved family member would tell it. Can you trace back to when you first fell in love with a good story?
The 2018 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word was held from October 12 to October 14 at the War Memorial Plaza and the Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, the festival featured readings, panel discussions, a bookfair, author signings, and music performances for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Festival events were free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information.
Southern Festival of Books, Humanities Tennessee, 306 Gay Street, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37201. (615) 770-0006. Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature & Language Programs.
The 2018 Iota Short Prose Conference was held from August 15 to August 19 at the Roosevelt Campobello International Park on Campobello Island, in New Brunswick, Canada, located just off the coast of Lubec, Maine. The conference, which focused on short forms in prose poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, featured workshops, craft discussions, one-on-one meetings with faculty, readings, open mics, and field trips to nearby locations. Previous faculty included poet Mark Doty and nonfiction writer Dinty W. Moore.
Iota Short Prose Conference, Inkslinger Conferences, 114 Moore Road, Trescott, ME 04652. (207) 904-7652.
The Rutgers-New Brunswick Writers’ Conference was held from June 2 to June 3 at the Rutgers University Continuing Education Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft classes, presentations, readings, and opportunities to meet with agents and editors. The faculty included poets Pablo Medina, Patricia Spears Jones, and B. J.
Rutgers-Camden Summer Writers’ Conference, Rutgers University, Armitage Hall, 311 North 5th Street, Camden, NY 08102.
The 2020 Literary Writers Conference was held online from December 2 to December 4. The conference, which was hosted by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, featured agent pitch sessions, pitch clinics, a query letter clinic, and panel discussions. The faculty included fiction writer Emily Temple, agents Claudia Ballard (William Morris Endeavor) and Regina Brooks (Serendipity Literary Agency), and editors Danielle A. Jackson (Oxford American), Jonathan Lee (Catapult), and Jyothi Natarajan (Margins).
Literary Writers Conference, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, 154 Christopher Street, Suite 3C, New York, NY 10004. David Gibbs, Contact.
The Gotham Writers Conference was held online from October 16 to October 18. Sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop, the event was open to fiction and nonfiction writers. The first two days of the conference featured panels, presentations, and social events; the third day of the conference featured pitching roundtables with literary agents. The faculty included fiction writers Jacob M. Appel and Lev AC Rosen and nonfiction writer Jennifer Armstrong.
Gotham Writers Conference, Gotham Writers Workshop, 555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1402, New York, NY 10018. (212) 974-8377.
The 2021 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium was held online on March 27. The symposium featured a keynote address, roundtable discussions, and dramatic readings. This year’s theme was “They Cried I Am: The Life and Work of Paule Marshall and John A. Williams.” Participating writers included poets Keith Gilyard and Ishmael Reed; nonfiction writers Carole Boyce-Davies, Maryemma Graham, Lawrence Jackson, Linda Villarosa, and Mary Helen Washington; poet and fiction writer Liza Jessie Peterson; and fiction and nonfiction writer Edwidge Danticat.
National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
Kristen Radtke’s Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, forthcoming from Pantheon on July 6, 2021.