Index of Experience

4.14.21

Amy Gerstler’s book of poems Index of Women, published last week by Penguin Books, depicts experiences of womanhood through a number of forms and perspectives, including a dramatic monologue from an aging opera singer, an ode to a head of lettuce, and prose poems recounting personal memories. The second poem in the collection, “Virginity,” builds an atmosphere around the experience of having sex for the first time, without ever naming the act itself. Through subtle details that hark back to adolescence—“passing notes rather than speaking” and “reading secret magazines a cousin stuffed / into the bottom of his sleeping bag”—Gerstler avoids cliché and develops the speaker’s voice using the oft-mythologized moment of losing one’s virginity, offering instead a sense of the speaker’s life that isn’t defined by sex. Write a series of scenes that study a character experiencing a key life moment without ever explicitly naming the experience itself. What is revealed or emphasized by gesturing to details that surround the experience?

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers

The 34th annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers will be held from July 12 to July 18 at the Wallowa Lake Lodge in Wallowa Lake, Oregon. In the event that the workshop cannot safely convene in person, the gathering will pivot to a virtual event; any decision to move the event online will be announced no later than May 1. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panel discussions, craft talks, and readings. The theme for the 2021 conference is “Resilience” and features a keynote from nonfiction writer Craig Childs.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
July 12, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers, P.O. Box 38, Enterprise, OR 97828. (541) 426-3623. 

Contact City: 
Wallowa Lake
Contact State: 
OR
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
97828
Country: 
US

Green Mountain Writers Conference

The 23rd annual Green Mountain Writers Conference will be held from August 2 to August 6 at the historic Brandon Inn in Brandon, Vermont, a walkable Vermont village. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as discussions, one-on-one consultations, and readings. The faculty includes poets Justen Ahren, Joan Aleshire, and Verandah Porche; fiction writers Jensen Beach, Elizabeth Inness-Brown, and Stephen P. Kiernan; creative nonfiction writer Chuck Clarino; and poet and nonfiction writer Yvonne Daley.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
August 2, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Green Mountain Writers Conference, 47 Hazel Street, Rutland, VT 05701. (802) 236-6133. Yvonne Daley, Director.

Yvonne Daley
Director
Contact City: 
Brandon
Contact State: 
VT
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
05701
Country: 
US
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Elk River Writers Workshop

The 2021 Elk River Writers Workshop will be held from August 15 to August 20 at Chico Hot Springs, a historic retreat in Pray, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park. The program features workshops, craft talks, outings, lectures, panel discussions, and campfire readings for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The faculty includes poets William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk, poet and fiction writer Linda Hogan, poet and nonfiction writer J. Drew Lanham, and fiction and nonfiction writer Rick Bass.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
August 15, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
June 1, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Elk River Writers Workshop, Elk River Arts & Lectures, P. O. Box 2212, Livingston, MT 59047. CMarie Fuhrman, Director.

Contact City: 
Pray
Contact State: 
MT
Country: 
US

Chuckanut Writers Conference

The 11th annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, cohosted by Whatcom Community College and Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, will be held online from June 21 to June 27. The conference features breakout sessions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as keynote addresses, craft talks, author panels, and a faculty reading.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
June 21, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Chuckanut Writers Conference, 237 West Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. (360) 383-3200. Kaitlyn Teer, Conference Chair.

Kaitlyn Teer
Conference Chair
Contact City: 
Online
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Robert and Adele Schiff Awards

Cincinnati Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
July 15, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rebecca Lindenberg will judge in poetry, Michael Griffith will judge in fiction, and Kristen Iversen will judge in nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 8 pages of poetry, a short story of up to 40 pages, or an essay of no more than 20 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Cincinnati Review, by July 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Fiction Prize

BOA Editions
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
May 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Stony Brook Undergraduate Short Fiction Prize

Stony Brook Southampton
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 1, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner also receives a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in summer 2022, and their winning work will be considered for publication in Southampton Review. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words by June 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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