“The words start to feel like they’re punching my skull from the inside.” —Brian Broome, author of Punch Me Up to the Gods
The 2021 North Carolina Writers’ Network (NCWN) Squire Summer Writing Workshops will be held from July 22 to July 25 at Appalachian State University in Boone. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panels, readings, and open mics. The faculty includes poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick; fiction writer Mark Powell; and nonfiction writer Zackary Vernon. The cost of the conference is $725 ($675 for NCWN members), which includes tuition and shared lodging; the cost for commuters is $575 ($425 for NCWN members).
North Carolina Writers’ Network Squire Summer Writing Workshops, Attn: SW21 Registration, P.O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120. (336) 293-8844. Ed Southern, Contact.
The 2021 Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference was held online from May 14 to May 16. The conference featured panels on current issues in biography and the craft of biography, including discussion of the topics of interviewing, writing about writers, and obituary writing. The faculty included biographers Blake Bailey, Kai Bird, David W. Blight, and Claudia Dreifus. Biographer David Levering Lewis delivered the keynote address. The cost of the conference was $99 ($49 for BIO members). Registration was rolling through May 16. Visit the website for more information.
Biographers International Organization Conference, Biographers International Organization, P. O. Box 33020, Santa Fe, NM 87594. Michael Gately, Executive Director.
The seventh annual Longleaf Writers Conference was held from May 10 to May 17 at the Seaside Assembly Hall and Academic Village in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The conference featured workshops, craft seminars, sunset receptions, bonfire readings, and one-on-one consultations with agents for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The faculty included poets Rose McLarney, Seth Brady Tucker, and Adam Vines, and fiction writers Julianna Baggott and Matt Bondurant.
Longleaf Writers Conference, 168 Smolian Circle, Seaside, FL 32459. Seth Tucker, Executive Director.
The 2021 Atlanta Writers Conference, sponsored by the Atlanta Writers Club, was held online and by phone from May 7 to May 9. The conference featured presentations on publishing, including a workshop offering critiques of book titles, book jackets, and jacket copy, as well as agent and editor pitch sessions, manuscript critiques, and query letter critiques conducted by phone for fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers.
Atlanta Writers Conference, 8080 Jett Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30350. George Weinstein, Conference Director.
“Is it the timbre of the voice, the poetry of the words?” writes Alessandra Lynch about becoming transfixed while watching Samuel Beckett’s play “That Time” in a piece for Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Books. In the lyric essay, Lynch tracks the emotional experiences of reading the works of her favorite writers aloud, quoting and discussing passages from the texts. This week, list writers whose works make you want to read them out loud and reflect on what emotions their words bring up for you. Construct an essay inspired by their works and consider how their words “gather and hold” you.