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Writing conferences and literary events from the United States, Canada, and beyond including centers and virtual offerings.

May 2022 eLitPak :: 2022 Willow Writers Retreat

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Reclaim your writing spark! Sumptuous breakfasts, yoga, wineries. Discussions led by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer. Topics include: Writing Strong Characters; Creating a Sense of Place; Believable Dialogue. Before May 31: $350.00; Before June 15: $400.00; After June 15: $450.00. Accommodations separate, contact the Inn at Hermanhoff for reduced rate: (573) 486-5199. Visit website.

View the full May 2022 eLitPak newsletter.

May 2022 eLitPak :: 6th Annual Taos Writers Conference

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Join us in the beautiful Taos, New Mexico, for an award-winning writers conference over the weekend of 7/29-7/31/22 for over twenty workshops in every genre and keynote speaker/author: Ana Castillo. Confirmed faculty include Leeanna Torres, Don Cellini, EJ Levy, T.J. English, Juan Morales, Connie Josefs, Amy Beeder, and many more. For further information visit website, call 575-758-0081, or email.

View the full May 2022 eLitPak newsletter.

Summer Fellowship :: The Black Fire – This Time

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The Black Fire—This Time (BFTT) Virtual Summer Fellowship from Aquarius Press and Willow Books fosters the careers of poets and writers at all stages of development through independent study, readings, Q&A sessions with prominent authors and sponsored prizes. Fellows are provided exclusive access to the Black Fire — This Time Digital Collection, which contains cultural gems from the Black Arts Movement along with an extended set of hard-to-find and out-of-print works not found in the print edition.

From June to August, BFTT Summer Fellows will work remotely on the project of their choice. Projects are self-paced at any stage of development, from literature reviews to works-in-progress to full manuscripts. The fellowship is open to poets, writers, playwrights, teaching artists and healing arts practitioners addressing the myriad aspects of the Black Arts Movement (past, present and future).

Requirements: Fellows work independently but attend weekly check-ins (approx. 60 minutes), where they receive announcements, network, enjoy readings and Q&A sessions with guest speakers and schedule critique sessions. Fellows will submit a portfolio sample of work completed during the fellowship. Select projects will be eligible for sponsored prizes (TBA).

For more information visit the BFTT Submittable page. May 31, 2022 application deadline.

Event :: Able Muse May 2022 Authors Reading

Able Muse May 2022 Launch Reading

On Saturday, May 21 from 3-4PM EDT, Able Muse will be hosting a Book-Launch Reading with three of its authors. The reading will be virtual via Zoom and there will be a Q&A session afterward.

It’s completely free to register and attend. You do, however, need to register ahead of time so you can get the Zoom link. Registration will be open until the day of the event.

Rob Wright will act as host.

William Baer, a recent Guggenheim fellow, will be reading from his latest book New Jersey Noir: Barnegat Light – A Novel. This is the third installment of the Jack Colt Murder Myster Novels.

Brian Culhane, winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson Award for a first book by an author over fifty, will be reading form his book Remembering Lethe – Poems.

Richard Wakefield, winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, will be reading from his book Terminal Park – Poems.

Coastal Shelf Offers Online Generative Poetry Workshop

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Coastal Shelf online literary magazine has offered two Online Generative Poetry Workshop this spring/summer that offer participants “generative exercises and prompts” as well as taking “a deep-dive” into several literary magazines to better understand possible markets. The next workshop is 6 weekly 90-minute meetings: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7. Participation is capped to “ensure good interaction and value,” and participants can also request one-on-one sessions. The money generated from these workshops goes towards paying Coastal Shelf authors. For more information, visit the Coastal Shelf website here.

2022 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

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Enjoy a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings (not to mention daily workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, or creative nonfiction) at the 2022 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference. This year’s conference takes place June 19-25. Registration is rolling. They do have college credit and scholarships available for participants.

Work closely with award-winning faculty Jerry Gabriel, Patricia Henley, Matt Burgess, Matthew Henry Hall, Elizabeth Arnold, Crystal Oliver (Brandt), Angela Pelster, Nadeem Zaman, and Heather Green and practice a wide range of genres and styles. Presenters include Sara Goodman and Kayla Lightner with Tre Johnson as guest author.

Sign up today!

Terrain.org 2022 Earth Month & Poetry Month Online Reading

Online literary magazine Terrain.org is hosting an online reading on Monday, April 25 in honor of Earth Month and Poetry Month. The reading kicks off 5PM PT/8PM ET and will be hosted by Derek Sheffield.

Enjoy listening to award-winning poets Joe Wilkins, Scott Edward Anderson, and Betsy Aoki. A Q&A session will follow the reading.

Register today! It’s free.

Cleaver Workshops Spring-Summer 22

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Cleaver literary magazine may be based out of Philadelphia, but in keeping with their “international” status, their online workshops are open to all with internet access using both Zoom and Canvas platforms in synchronous and asynchronous modalities. Upcoming workshops include:

THE WRITE TIME for practice and inspiration
Taught by Cleaver Editor Andrea Caswell

MICRO MENTORING: Flash Fiction Masterclass
Taught by Cleaver Senior Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

WRITING THE BODY
Taught by Marnie Goodfriend

UNSHAPING THE ESSAY: Experimental Forms in Creative Nonfiction
Taught by Cleaver Editor Sydney Tammarine

TELL ME WHAT YOU EAT, And I Will Tell You What You Are
Writing About Food and Ourselves taught by Kristen Martin

Visit the Cleaver Workshops page for more information.

April 2022 eLitPak :: 2022 Taos Writers Conference

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Join us in the beautiful Taos, New Mexico, for an award-winning writers conference over the weekend of July 29 through July 31 for over twenty workshops in every genre and keynote speaker/author: Ana Castillo. Confirmed faculty include Leeanna Torres, Beth Piatote, EJ Levy, T.J. English, Juan Morales, Connie Josefs, Amy Beeder, and many more. For further information visit website, call 575-758-0081, or email.

View the full April 2022 eLitPak Newsletter.

#ObsidianVoices “—ing While Black”

The final event in #ObsidianVoices Spring 2022 events has officially been announced! “—ing While Black” will take place April 29 at 6PM CT.

This will be a reading and conversation about Black embodied consciousness with Tyehimba Jess, Michael Warr, Breauna L. Roach, and Naudia Williams. Editor Duriel E. Harris will act as moderator.

You will also hear more about an ongoing online poetry project featured around Michael Warr’s “What Not to Do…[an unfinished poem]” which can also be found in Obsidan issue 46.2 as well.

Stay tuned to their website for more information and to RSVP. RSVP here for their final Spring event.