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Grotz Leads Bread Loaf Translators

by Cat Richardson

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.15

March/April 2015

The director of Bread Loaf’s new Translators’ Conferences talks about how the conference came about, what shape it will take, and what it means to be a translator in today’s literary culture.

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Submission Blitz: Finding Courage at a Writers Conference

by Melissa Chadburn

Special Section

Posted 2.10.15

Melissa Chadburn

In response to the pervasive gender disparity in publishing, the Los Angeles–based group Women Who Submit encourages women writers to gather together and submit their work to magazines, and to celebrate the often intimidating process of sending work out into the world.

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The Savvy Self-Publisher: San Francisco 2015

Posted 2.5.15

Publishing veteran Debra Englander gives an overview of the self-publishing process, followed by a conversation with literary agent Ted Weinstein—who represents Keith Devlin, NPR's Math Guy and author of numerous traditionally published books as well as the self-published title Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years—and publicist Amy Packard about the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face.

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Resources for Writers and the Role of Community: Washington, D.C. 2014

Posted 11.12.14

Bonnie Rose Marcus, director of Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops (East), leads a discussion about resources available to writers in Washington, D.C., the importance of community, and how various literary communities can support one another. Panelists include Carlos Parada Ayala, Sarah Browning, Elizabeth Bruce, and Regie Cabico.

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Algonkian Novel Retreat

Posted 4.22.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Sterling, VA
Event Date: 
May 27, 2015

The Algonkian Novel Retreat will be held from May 27 to May 31 at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia, approximately 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The retreat offers faculty consultations and time to write for fiction and nonfiction writers. The faculty includes fiction writers Robert Bausch and Michael Neff and editor Caitlin Alexander. The cost is $1,095, which includes tuition, a private room, and some meals. Submit a writing sample of up to 500 words with a short synopsis. Registration is first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.

Contact Information: 

Algonkian Writer Retreat, 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 443, Washington, D.C. 20006. (800) 250-8290. Michael Neff, Coordinator.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Posted 2.4.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Minneapolis, MN
Event Date: 
April 8, 2015

The annual AWP Conference and Bookfair will be held from April 8 to April 11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The conference offers over 550 panel discussions, readings, a bookfair, and meetings for writers, publishers, teachers, and arts administrators. The preregistration fees are $250 for nonmembers, $155 for members, $80 for spouses of full-paying participants, and $45 for students. The preregistration deadline is February 12. Onsite registration may be available, but is not guaranteed. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.

Contact Information: 

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Mail Stop 1E3, Fairfax, VA 22030. (703) 993-4553.

Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers' Conference

Posted 8.4.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099

The 2015 Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference was held from January 4 to January 10, 2015, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft classes, readings, an open mike, and time to write. The faculty included poet Carolyn Forché, fiction writer Benjamin Percy, creative nonfiction writer Nick Flynn, and editor Jeff Shotts of Graywolf Press. The cost of the conference was $1,550, which included lodging and meals, or $1,150 for commuters, which included meals. The fee for a one-on-one conference with a faculty member was $150. Registration was first come, first served, and included a $450 deposit; workshops were limited to 13 participants each. Visit the website for more information.

Contact Information: 

Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference, c/o Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. (386) 427-6975.


English and Bulgarian Scholarships

English and Bulgarian Scholarships
Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in Bulgarian. The 2015 seminars will be held from June 18 to June 22. Tuition, room and board, and some travel expenses are included. Writers of any nationality are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit 10 to 20 pages of fiction, a one-page personal statement, a biography, and a letter of reference (sent directly to the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation) by March 20. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

San Miguel Poetry Week

Posted 2.4.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
San Miguel de Allende,
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099

The San Miguel Poetry Week was held from January 1 to January 6, 2013, at the Hotel Posada de Las Monjasin in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The program offered lectures, readings, and workshops in poetry. Faculty and guest readers included Jennifer Clement, Annie Finch, Elizabeth Rosner, Owen Sheers, and Joseph Stroud. Registration was $200 and tuition was $500; payment was made upon acceptance. The W.D. Snodgrass Fellowship, which grants a full tuition scholarship to the winner, was selected from accepted participants. To be considered for the fellowship, accepted applicants send their writing sample by December 1. To apply for the conference, writers submitted four copies of up to four pages of poetry with a $25 application fee by November 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.

Contact Information: 

San Miguel Poetry Week, P.O. Box 171, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276. (212) 673-4221.

Summer Literary Seminars–Kenya

Posted 2.4.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Nairobi,
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099
E-mail: 
ann@sumlitsem.org

The 2012 Summer Literary Seminars–Kenya was held from December 8 to December 22 in Nairobi and on Lamu Island. The conference included readings, lectures, roundtable discussions, meetings with local artists and writers, tours of the country, and workshops in poetry and fiction. The faculty included poet Eileen Myles and fiction writers Arthur Flower, Billy Kahora, and Binyavanga Wainaina. The fee, not including airfare and accommodations, was $1,950. Writers submitted 10 to 15 pages of poetry or no more than 25 to 30 pages of prose and an application with $150 application fee by November 15. Visit the website for information about the forthcoming conference. 

Contact Information: 

Summer Literary Seminars–Kenya, English Department, LB 683.03, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Montreal QC H3G 1M8, Canada. Ann Ward, Contact.

Unified Literary Contest

Unified Literary Contest

Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes include airfare, accommodations, and tuition. The winning poet's and fiction writer's works are published in Fence and online in the Walrus. The winning creative nonfiction writer's work will be published in DIAGRAM. Eileen Myles will judge in poetry, Mary Gaitskill will judge in fiction, and Ander Monson will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems of 10 pages, a story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages, or an essay or memoir excerpt of up to 15 pages with a $17 entry fee by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts–France

Posted 2.23.10

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Auvillar,
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
2014-02-14
E-mail: 
vcca@vcca.com

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts offered workshops at Le Moulin à Nef, its studio center in Auvillar, France. The poetry workshop O Taste and See: Writing the Senses in Deep France, taught by Marilyn Kallet, was held from May 12 to May 19. The cost was $2,295, which included tuition, lodging, and some meals. Registration was first come, first served. There was a $500 nonrefundable registration fee. Scholarships were available; the deadline was February 14. Call or visit the website an application and complete guidelines.

Contact Information: 

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts–France, VCCA Abroad, 154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, VA 24521. (434) 946-7236.