The 26th annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference was held online from August 9 to August 15. Designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience, the conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, craft classes, and individual consultations with faculty members. Each workshop was limited to five or six participants. The faculty included poets Chen Chen, Eduardo C. Corral, Kathleen Graber, Tomás Q. Morín, and Patricia Smith; fiction writers Steve Almond, Andre Dubus III, William Giraldi, Ellen Lesser, and Bernice L.
Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. Ellen Lesser, Director.
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference was held online from August 6 to August 9. The conference featured evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length poetry manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers. The faculty included poet Joan Houlihan and poets and editors Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books) and Ellen Doré Watson (Massachusetts Review). The cost of the session was $1,000. Using only the online application system, writers submitted three to four poems and a brief biography. There was no application fee. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis.
Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742. (978) 897-0054. Joan Houlihan, Director
The 2021 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference was held online from August 5 to August 7. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as mentoring sessions with faculty and a talk on trends in publishing. The faculty included poet Enzo Silon Surin, fiction writers Edith Maxwell, Nahid Rachlin, and Adam Reid Sexton, creative nonfiction writer Linda Joy Myers, and agent Tom Miller (Liza Dawson Associates). General registration was $80 and includes a yearlong membership to the Cape Cod Writers Center (registration was free for current members).
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, P.O. Box 408, Osterville, MA 02655.
The 32nd annual Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference was held online from August 5 to August 7. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, manuscript consultations, open mics, and panels with agents. The faculty included poet Saretta Morgan; fiction writers Chris Dennis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Lillian Li; and nonfiction writers Krys Malcolm Belc, Sam Krowchenko, and Suzanne Rivecca. Participating publishing professionals included agents Elise Capron (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) and Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary).
Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, P.O. Box 2087, Ft. Bragg, CA 95437.
In a preface to “After Cecilia Vicuña,” a poem from the collection Villainy, published in September by Nightboat Books, Andrea Abi-Karam includes a note on the Chilean poet and visual artist Cecilia Vicuña, who condemned General Augusto Pinochet and spoke out about how “the lies (the words, the language) of the Chilean dictatorship murdered & tortured thousands of people.” In the poem, Abi-Karam asks questions about the power of words and how to provoke change through a medium such as poetry that at times can feel devoid of consequence. “i ask questions like / … how to weaponize the poem words as weapons / give the poem teeth.” What questions would you ask yourself about the power of your own words? Write a poem that contemplates the impact you wish to make as a writer—the reasons, hesitations, desires, and conflicts that arise when you create.
The 20th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival will be held online and in person in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, from October 14 to October 17. The festival features readings, panels, and special events. Participants include poets Joshua Brandon Bennett, Dan Chiasson, Chard deNiord, Peter Filkins, Alexandria Hall, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Tim Mayo, Jennifer Militello, Deborah Paredez, Elizabeth A. I.
Brattleboro Literary Festival, P.O. Box 1116, Brattleboro, VT 05302. (802) 365-7673. Sandy Rouse, Contact.
The 23rd annual Green Mountain Writers Conference was held from August 2 to August 6 at the historic Brandon Inn in Brandon, Vermont, a walkable Vermont village. The program featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as discussions, one-on-one consultations, and readings. The faculty included 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.
Green Mountain Writers Conference, 47 Hazel Street, Rutland, VT 05701. (802) 236-6133. Yvonne Daley, Director.
The 40th annual Napa Valley Writers’ Conference was held from August 1 to August 6 on the main campus of Napa Valley College, in Napa, California. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and translation, as well as craft lectures, panels, and evening readings with wine receptions. The faculty included 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.
Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558.