UArts Hosts 'Conversations & Connections' Writing Conference

Creative Writing Program Director Elise Juska to speak at the one-day event on September 22

Assistant Professor Elise Juska.

September 19, 2012

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the University of the Arts’ Terra Hall will be the site for "Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing," a one-day writing conference featuring editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses, who will be there to help writers take the next step in publishing their work.

Registration for the event opens at 8:30 a.m.; the program will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

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Sponsored by Barrelhouse magazine, an online magazine spotlighting fiction and poetry from new and established writers, the conference offers panels and workshops featuring a robust list of writers, including UArts Creative Writing program Director Elise Juska. This month, the University of the Arts launched a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Creative Writing, one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the country to offer such a degree.

The event's keynote speech will be delivered by noted author Stewart O'Nan. The winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize and one of Granta magazine's original Best Young American Novelists, his 13 novels include Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. This year, Viking Press released his newest novel, The Odds.

"Conversations and Connections" provides a comfortable, congenial environment where writers can meet other writers, as well as editors and publishers. One unique feature is “speed dating with the editors,” a 10-minute meeting with an editor who will review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis, or a few poems, and provide feedback on how the writers might improve their work or where they might consider sending it.

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