Wednesday, March 12, 2008


April 4- 5, 2008
Johns Hopkins University, DuPont Circle
1717 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC


Join us on April 5, 2008 in Washington, DC for a different kind of writer’s conference.

The Second Annual Conversations and Connections will help you get the connections and information you need to take your writing — and publishing — to the next level.

This year’s keynote speaker is MARY GAITSKILL, author of the novels Veronica and Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and the story collections Because They Wanted To and Bad Behavior.

Our panelists are experts in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, making connections, using the web, marketing, and everything in between. Over 30 literary magazines will be represented. Get the real deal straight from the editor’s mouth.

Your $45 registration fee includes:

- the full day conference
- face-to-face “speed dating” with literary magazine editors
- a subscription to the lit mag of your choice
- a book by featured speakers

Conversations and Connections provides a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet editors from a wide variety of magazines. Our “speed dating with the editors” (one session is included in your registration fee, additional sessions are available for $5 each) is a ten minute meeting with an editor of your choice, where they’ll review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis, or a few poems, providing instant feedback on how you might improve your work or where you might consider sending it. In addition, featured speaker Amy Holman will be conducting more in-depth on-site consultations for a fee of $15. The post-conference happy hour provides plenty of time to get to know your fellow writers and the editors who will be in attendance.


FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 7:30: Pre-conference Reading: VisArts Center, Rockville, MD.


Johns Hopkins University (Washington DC branch), 1717 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC

8:30: Registration

9:15 - 10:30: Breakout Session 1:

* Crafting the Poem
* The Business of Getting Published
* Finding a Home for Your Brilliant Work: Amy Holman Workshop
* Starting Your Own Independent Press

10:45 - 12:00: Breakout Session 2:

* The Long Haul: Writing the Novel
* How Can an MFA/MA Help Me?
* Short Story Panel (specifics to be announced soon)
* Nonfiction Panel (specifics to be announced soon)

12:00 - 2:00: Speed Dating and Lunch:

2:15 - 3:30: Keynote: Mary Gaitskill

3:45 - 5:00: Breakout Session 3:

* The Disciplined Writer
* Poetic Forms
* The Novella: Form and Potential
* Web Markets and Marketing

5:15 - 6:30: Reception



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