Kundiman Asian American Workshop Retreat

The Kundiman Asian American Workshop Retreat will be held from June 24 to June 28 at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx in New York City. The retreat features poetry and fiction workshops, one-on-one mentoring, manuscript consultations, and a public reading. Faculty includes poets Jenny Boully, Philip Metres, and Matthew Olzmann; and fiction writers Nayomi Munaweera, Madeleine Thien, and Vu Tran. Tuition, which includes lodging and meals, is $375. Financial aid is available.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
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Event Date: 
June 24, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
yes
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Kundiman Asian American Workshop Retreat, 229 West 109th Street, Suite 22, New York, NY 10025.

Kyle Lucia Wu
Contact City: 
Bronx
Contact State: 
NY
Country: 
US

Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow offers residencies of one week to three months year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at a former bed-and-breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in the heart of the Ozarks. Residents are provided with a private room, work space, and meals. The cost of the residency is $85 per day. An additional $25 flat-rate cleaning fee is charged. Submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages, a one-page project description, and two letters of reference with a $35 application fee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
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yes
Event Date: 
January 22, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, 515 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632. (479) 253-7444. Linda Caldwell, Director.

Linda Caldwell
Director
Contact City: 
Eureka Springs
Contact State: 
AR
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
72632
Country: 
US

Studio Faire

Studio Faire offers one- to four-week residencies between March and October, to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators at a small mansion in Nérac, France. The residency accommodates three residents at a time with a private work space and bedroom, shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and dining room, as well as a large walled garden and wild park with fruit trees. The space is a ten-minute walk to shops, cafes, and bars, as well as a weekly market, library, theatre, music hall, cinema, and the Château de Nérac castle and the Baïse river.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
January 22, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Studio Faire, 58 Avenue Georges, Clemenceau, 47600, Nérac, France. Julia Douglas, Cofounder and Residency Coordinator.

Julia Douglas
Cofounder and Residency Coordinator
Contact City: 
Nérac
Country: 
FR

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

If you’re looking for more community and a spirited festival, you should look into Saints and Sinners. Founded in 2003, the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival highlights LGBTQ writers and publishers from the United States and beyond. The three-day event features panel discussions, workshops, and readings and is held each spring in the French Quarter at the Hotel Monteleone—an official literary landmark that has welcomed William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams to its rooms.

The 2020 festival is set for March 27–29 and will feature poet Savannah Sipple, fiction writer Leona Beasley, historian Frank Perez, and many others. Registration is open now with day passes and student rates available.

Saints and Sinners is a project of the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, which I’ve attended several times in the past. The two festivals overlap so it’s possible to attend events from both. Last year, Saints and Sinners kicked off the festival with the return of their open mic slam and first-ever Drag Queen show. And to conclude the event, there are Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame awards given to those who best embody the mission of the festival.

My poet friend Brad Richard has attended the festival and speaks highly of it: “The Saints and Sinners Festival is a wonderful community within the larger community of the Tennessee Williams Festival. I’ve met writers I’ve always wanted to meet and discovered new ones, and found a publisher, Sibling Rivalry Press, for my third book, Butcher’s Sugar.”

Although I haven’t had the chance to attend Saints and Sinners yet, I look forward to supporting the festival and attendees in the coming year.

Kelly Harris is the literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in New Orleans. Contact her at NOLA@pw.org or on Twitter, @NOLApworg.

Sonoma County Writers Camp

The 2020 Sonoma County Writers Camps will be held from April 29 to May 3, August 5 to August 9, and September 30 to October 4, at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Occidental, California. The conference features generative workshops in fiction and memoir, panels by authors and agents, and master classes, as well as optional meditative dream writing and student readings. The faculty includes fiction writer Ellen Sussman and fiction and nonfiction writer Elizabeth Stark. The cost of the conference, including lodging and meals, ranges from $1,795 to $1,995, depending on lodging.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
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yes
Event Date: 
January 22, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Ellen Sussman
Cofounder and Codirector
Contact City: 
Occidental
Contact State: 
CA
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
95471
Country: 
US
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Sonoma County Writers Camp buildings

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition Accepting Submissions

Submissions are open for the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network (NCWN), the annual competition seeks “lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians.” Many forms of nonfiction writing are accepted, including cultural criticism, reviews, profiles, interviews, travel articles, and historical or place-based pieces. The first prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and be considered for publication in Ecotone. Second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200 respectively.

Submit a nonfiction manuscript of up to 2,000 words with a $12 entry fee by January 15. NCWN members pay $10. Randall Kenan will judge. Writers who are legal residents of North Carolina or members of the NCWN are eligible. Winners will be announced in March 2020. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Founded in the mid-1980s, the NCWN “connects, promotes, and serves” the writers of North Carolina and has administered the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest since 2008. In addition to awarding more than $4,000 every year through its contests, the NCWN offers editing services and online classes, and hosts various community events. The contest’s most recent winner is Pam Van Dyke, who won the 2019 award for her essay “ABC to XYZ.”

Words in the Wind

12.12.19

After the death of a close relative, Itaru Sasaki installed a phone booth in his backyard garden in the coastal town of Otsuchi, a glass enclosure where he could speak into a disconnected rotary phone as a way of processing his grief. After the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Sasaki opened his kaze no denwa, roughly translated into “wind phone,” to other community members mourning loved ones. Write a personal essay in the form of a letter or communication to someone no longer in your life. What would you choose to share about your own life and current updates? What feelings, emotions, or sentiments would you want to reiterate to the other person, whether for the hundredth time or for the first time?

Poison Pen Reading Series

The Poison Pen Reading Series holds events in a bar called the Poison Girl Cocktail Lounge. The series has been going for twelve years, just a little longer than Houston VIP Slam (which I featured last week), but functions in a very different way. The series brings three writers together who read on the outside patio of the lounge. Audience members get to relax in a space under the stars and listen to literary works from writers from Houston and beyond.

The readings are usually hosted by Scott Repass, one of the owners of the lounge, and start at 8:00 PM on every third Thursday of the month. The featured readers vary for each event, but most times, audience members will get the opportunity to hear from at least one writer from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, a writer from the Houston literary community, and a visiting writer from outside of Houston. Writers share work from all genres including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

I have been to many Poison Pen readings and have had the pleasure of being a featured reader, the last time was this past July when I was honored to share the stage with poet Natasha Carrizosa and fiction writer Robert Liddell. The readings are always jam-packed, standing room only in most cases, so if you plan to attend, get there early for a drink and to find a good seat for the reading. It’s worth it.

The Poison Pen Reading Series at Poison Girl in Houston.
 
Lupe Mendez is the literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in Houston. Contact him at Houston@pw.org or on Twitter, @houstonpworg.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

The 26th annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway was held from January 17 to January 20 at Seaview Hotel, a resort near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The program, sponsored by Murphy Writing of Stockton University, offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as one-on-one tutorials, featured readings, and open mics. The faculty included poets Renée Ashley, Denise Duhamel, Yusef Komunyakaa, Laura McCullough, and Peter E. Murphy; fiction writers Judith Lindbergh and Paul Lisicky; and creative nonfiction writers Tom McAllister and Mimi Schwartz.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
January 22, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Murphy Writing of Stockton University, 30 Front Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037. (609) 626-3594. Peter Murphy, Founder, and Taylor Coyle, Coordinator.

Peter Murphy and Taylor Cole
Founder and Coordinator
Contact City: 
Atlantic City
Contact State: 
NJ
Country: 
US

Wellspring House Retreat

Wellspring House offers residencies of one week to three months year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, on five acres of land in Ashfield, Massachusetts. The retreat accommodates five residents at a time in a converted carriage house and provides private working and living quarters, as well as a large communal space that features a kitchen, living room with fireplace, enclosed sunroom, patio, and gardens. The cost of the residency ranges from $310 to $360 per week, depending on residency room and season.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
January 22, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Wellspring House Retreat, P.O. Box 2006, Ashfield, MA 01330. (413) 628-3276. John T. Howard and Aubrey Crosby, Writers-in-Residence.

John T. Howard and Aubrey Crosby
Writers-in-Residence
Contact City: 
Ashfield
Contact State: 
MA
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
01330
Country: 
US
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