Atlanta Writers Conference

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.

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CONFERENCE
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no
Event Date: 
May 7, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
May 13, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 13, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Atlanta Writers Conference, 8080 Jett Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30350. George Weinstein, Conference Director.

George Weinstein
Conference Director
Contact City: 
Online
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
30354

Wordplay

The 2021 Wordplay festival was held online from May 2 to May 8. The festival featured three sessions each day: a morning session of programming for children and young adults, an afternoon session on international literature and writing in translation, and an evening session featuring conversations with poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Participating writers included fiction writers Yaa Gyasi, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Dean Koontz. The festival was free and open to the public, with add-ons such as facilitated discussions for select events available starting at $35.

Type: 
FESTIVAL
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yes
Event Date: 
May 13, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
May 13, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 13, 2021
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Wordplay, Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Steph Opitz, Festival Director.

Steph Opitz
Festival Director
Contact City: 
Online
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
55415

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

The 40th annual Napa Valley Writers’ Conference will be held from August 1 to August 6 on the main campus of Napa Valley College, in Napa, California. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and translation, as well as craft lectures, panels, and evening readings with wine receptions. The faculty includes poets Victoria Chang, Brenda Hillman, Brian Teare, and Matthew Zapruder; fiction writers Charles Baxter, Lan Samantha Chang, Joan Silber, and ZZ Packer; and poet and translator Robert Hass.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
August 1, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
May 13, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
yes
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558.

Contact City: 
Napa
Contact State: 
CA
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
94558
Country: 
US

Nine Perfect Strangers

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Nine Perfect Strangers is a television adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name starring Bobby Cannavale, Luke Evans, Regina Hall, Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, and Michael Shannon. The Hulu miniseries follows nine strangers who attend a wellness retreat at a place called the Tranquillum House run by a mysterious woman.

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Unforgivable

“If something is forgivable, and we forgive, is that really worth that much?” says Viet Thanh Nguyen about his latest novel, The Committed (Grove Press, 2021), and how the narrator wrestles with his unforgivable deeds in an interview with Mitzi Rapkin for an episode of the podcast First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing, excerpted on Literary Hub. “While whatever constitutes the unforgivable is very subjective for each of us,” he continues, “if we cannot forgive the unforgivable, then maybe we’re not really truly capable of forgiveness.” Write a story in which a character is contending with something “unforgivable.” How will the protagonist deal with this unconscionable deed?

Woolfer Author Series: Morgan Jerkins

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“I had always been interested in blending reality or elevating the surrealistic elements of real life.” In this episode of the Woolfer Author Series, host Carmen Tanner Slaughter talks with Morgan Jerkins about transitioning between nonfiction and fiction writing, and her debut novel, Caul Baby (Harper, 2021), which is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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