All posts filed under: Literature

Wednz Scene: Upcoming Dates for AWP Conference

April 26 / 17 Hey again! Last post for today. The AWP conference has already passed, but don’t worry. The Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual event has dates set for next year, 2019, and beyond. It’s time to mark your calendar…. cred: association of writers & writing program (awp) AWP Conference The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Tampa, FL, in 2018 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer. 2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside March 7 – 10, 2018 Key Dates March …

Wednz Scene: Upcoming Literary Events

April 26 / 17 Hey! It’s turning out to be a nice Wednesday morning and we’re focusing on literature. Found a couple of literary events courtesy of Association of Writers & Writing Program or AWP. If these interest you, then please read on…. cred: association of writers & writing program Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival Chadron, Nebraska, United States   DETAILS JUN 14 – JUN 17, 2017 Retreat APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2017 TUITION / COST:$350.00 SCHOLARSHIP: Available Graduate students and others who have writing classroom experience (either as a teacher, student or both), and whose work shows promise, may apply for the Emerging Writer Instructorship. The successful applicant will be honored as a “Mari Sandoz Emerging CONTACT: Steve Coughlin PHONE:308.432.6306 EMAIL:scoughlin@csc.edu Set in the beautiful Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, we will gather to explore the untamed terrains of our lives: in nature and the outdoors, in our relationships with one another, in our place and purpose in the world. The Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival will gather in …

Wednz Scene: Literature Events & Conferences

April 5 / 17 Hey….Lots of things going on in the world of literature so let’s not waste time and see what’s going on….   SEWANEE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS IN POETRY, FICTION, AND PLAYWRITING JULY 18 – 30, 2017 THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH SEWANEE, TENNESSEE Accepting applications through April 17 Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, every participant receives assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars. 931.598.1654 / swc@sewanee.edu sewaneewriters.org   FRESH WATER, FRESH VOICES JULY 20 – 23, 2017 / MARQUETTE, MI This unique conference features a blend of workshops, craft talks, and outdoor activities along beautiful Lake Superior. Be inspired by the one-of-a-kind landscape of the Upper Peninsula and learn how nature and place can invigorate your writing. Attend craft talks and workshops with Pam Houston, Diane Les Becquets, Frank X Walker, and other award-winning authors. Bike, hike, kayak, fly fish. Try paddleboard yoga. Relax on the beach. NMU.EDU/FRESHVOICES NORTHERN …

Spring Reads 2017

March 21 / 17 Spring is officially here. That means it’s time for Spring Read 2017. Found twelve that just may interest you….                 Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders                           The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen                           The Child – Fiona Barton                         Amberlough: A Novel – Lara Elena Donnelly                         The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn                         The Stars Are Legion – Kameron Hurley                         The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince – Mayte Garcia                       Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – David Yaffe   …

Wkend Scene: 2017 Southampton Writers Conference & A Writing Contest

March 4 / 17 Good Morning creative peeps! Two things in the literature department to share with you. The first is the Southampton Writers Conference…..   SOUTHAMPTON WRITERS CONFERENCE  July 12 – 13, 2017 Melissa Bank / Billy Collins / Natalie Diaz / Roxane Gay / Adam Gopnik Ursula Hegi / Matthew Klam / Patricia Marx / Patricia McCormick Sharon Olds / Roxana Robinson / Roger Rosenblatt / Frederic Tuten Emma Walton-Hamilton / Meg Wolitzer / Maryrose Wood MASTER CLASS  ♣  WORKSHOPS  ♣  RESIDENCY  stonybrook.edu/writers  BE DISCOVERED!  Submit to the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry One winner in each genre will win $2,000 and publication in Ploughshares Submissions open March 1, 2017 – May 15, 2017 Visit http://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest Ploughshares @ Emerson College  featured image: hdwallpaperbackgrounds.net

Reflections: Staggerlee wonders by James Baldwin

Feb. 27 / 17 Hello! I wanted to share a poem by James Baldwin to celebrate Black History. Notice that I didn’t say Black History Month. Black History, Native, Hispanic, Asian…..is all American History.  Staggerlee wonders – Poem by James Baldwin I always wonder what they think the niggers are doing while they, the pink and alabaster pragmatists, are containing Russia and defining and re-defining and re-aligning China, nobly restraining themselves, meanwhile, from blowing up that earth which they have already blasphemed into dung: the gentle, wide-eyed, cheerful ladies, and their men, nostalgic for the noble cause of Vietnam, nostalgic for noble causes, aching, nobly, to wade through the blood of savages— ah—! Uncas shall never leave the reservation, except to purchase whisky at the State Liquor Store. The Panama Canal shall remain forever locked: there is a way around every treaty. We will turn the tides of the restless Caribbean, the sun will rise, and set on our hotel balconies as we see fit. The natives will have nothing to complain about, indeed, they …

The Iowa Writer’s Workshop 2017

Feb. 22 / 17 Hey! The Iowa Writer’s Workshop will be coming this summer and yes, there is information for this upcoming workshop…… cred: university of iowa Anyone may apply for non-degree summer coursework offered; this summer, the Workshop will offer courses in two separate summer school sessions. The postmark deadline for application to both the 3- and 8-week sessions is March 1, 2017. The IOWA WRITER’S WORKSHOP Announces a Program of Workshops for Writers of Poetry & Prose 3-Week Session May 16 – June 1, 2017 Fiction Workshop: Lan Samantha Chang or Paul Harding Poetry Workshop: James Galvin  Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2017 8 Week Session June 12 – August 3, 2017 Fiction Workshop: Mark Poirier Poetry Workshop: Jane Mead Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2017 Contact: Iowa Writers’ Workshop 102 Dey House The University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 52242 Phone: (319).335.0416 Fax: (319).335.0420 writersworkshop.uiowa.edu/summer-programs                                                 featured image: unknown

Weekend Scene: Writer’s Conferences….

Feb. 18 / 17 Evening! Just one writer’s conference to pass along….. cred: awp (association of writers & writing programs) Editors, Agents, and Publishers—The Business of Writing: Seminar Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States Mark and Joanna demystify how the business of publishing actually works, something every writer needs to understand. In addition to creative talent, every writer needs to posses some degree of business acumen to succeed as a published author. Understanding the roles of editors, agents, and publishers—and their interactions together—is a puzzle to unravel for your own writing style and marketplace. This seminar, co-taught by Mark Bryant and Joanna Hurley, provides you with a comprehensive and action-oriented overview designed to deconstruct and make understandable the oft-times overwhelming business world of the written word. Mark and Joanna, veterans of magazine and book publishing, demystify the process with in-depth discussions on the author-agent relationship, the author-editor relationship, and how to find and navigate both. They cover the best ways to break into magazine and online writing—either as a step toward book writing or an end …