Writer’s Conferences in August

 

MC900435237Berkshire Writing Workshop invites published and aspiring adult writers to join in our annual summer gathering from August 4 to August 8, 2014. The program features five days of intensive writing workshops with a focus on creating new work. Under the guidance of a dedicated instructor, writers should expect one of the most productive writing weeks of their lives.
Date: Aug 4-8
Location: Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA

Catamaran Writing Conference at Pebble Beach
At Catamaran Literary Reader, our artistic themes tap into the rich literary history and beautiful setting of the California Central Coast.  We invite you to transform your own creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers.
Date: August 13-17
Location: Pebble Beach, CA
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Writer’s Conferences in June

MC900435237The Algonkian Novel Workshops
“From the Heart, but Smart Premise, Platform and Execution in Today’s Tough Novel
Market” Unique Craft-and-Market Novel Workshops and Events For Planners,Beginners, and Veterans.
Location: Algonkian Park is located 30 miles from Washington, D.C.

Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival
Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain getaway to the literary world. Morning workshops are an intimate place to develop your craft, with a winning combination of inspiration, instruction, and community. We offer workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or novel editing, taught by some of the most renowned writers in the field. In the afternoon, time is set aside to work and rework your writing, or to participate in public discussions on craft and publishing with our award-winning faculty. Evenings are reserved for readings and revelry!
Location: Aspen, CO

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreation
al activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages—all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
Location: Chautauqua Lake, NY

Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference
The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.
Location: Corte Madera, CA

The Creativity Workshops are held around the world.  The three listed below occur in the June-July time frame. The Creativity Workshops will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life; the creativity training we provide uses the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, and guided visualization. Participants come from many different countries and professional fields, including business, education, psychology, the sciences, and the arts.

The Creativity Workshop in Crete
Location: Classes will be held at the Hotel Samaria, near the cafe-lined harbor of old Chania—Crete’s most picturesque town.

The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona
Location: Class will take place at Hotel HCC Open, located in the historic Eixample neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from the elegant shopping district Passeig de Gràcia and some of the most famous architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona, Spain

The Creativity Workshop in New York City
Location: Our June, July and August workshops will take place at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel, 371 Seventh Avenue, right across the street from Penn Station.

Crested Butte Writers Conference
At the Crested Butte Conference, we do not offer the usual scheduled formal pitch appointments with agents and editors because we feel that they are very often unproductive for all concerned. Authors might verbalize terrific ideas, but the A/E learns nothing about their ability to write. Sitting through hours of pitches is most often a waste of valuable time, not to mention the constant unease of telling a person to his/her face that her brilliant idea isn’t interesting-or that it’s cliché. And for the authors it’s often an anxiety-provoking experience and sometimes a waste of time.

On the other hand, we do want to offer our conference attendees productive opportunities with attending agents and editors, so we’re offering two alternate means for the discovery of talented authors: Pitch/First Pages and Advance Read & Critiques.
Location: Mt Crested Butte, CO

The Frost Place Programs
2 Summer Programs -Conference on Poetry and Teaching &
Teachers As Writers
Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors.  Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.
Location: Franconia, NH

Historical Novel Society Conference 2015
The conference for Historical Fiction Lovers
Location: Denver, CO

Indiana University Writers’ Conference
The IUWC is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Idyllwild Summer Arts Program-Writing & Poetry
The Summer Program Writing Workshops offer writers at all levels a full immersion experience, a week-long opportunity to deepen your understanding of story and language. Faculty is composed of authors with both long publishing records and extensive teaching experience, eager to help you begin, continue or complete your books, poems, stories and essays.
5 Courses to choose from:
Making it Up: The Art of Writing Fiction
Writing Memoir
*New* Screenwriting Revolution: Creating Successful Screenplays
Poetry Week: Track I
*New* Poetry Week: Track II
Location: Idyllwild, CA, in the Strawberry Valley of the San Jacinto Mountains

Jackson Hole Writers Conference 2015
Each summer, writers with a passion for the word come to Wyoming and to Grand Teton National Park’s backyard for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Writers drive in from the neighborhood, states like Utah, Idaho and Montana, and fly in from as far away as Florida and Alaska. Writers come to Jackson Hole for the spectacular mountains and amazing wildlife, but we like to think that writers come to our conference because they know they are going to get something special. Continued …
Date: June 2-27
Location: Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, Wyoming

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Campus – Kenai Peninsula College /UAA
Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.
Location: Homer, Alaska at Land’s End Resort

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
We organize an intimate conference each year limited to 100 participants where excellent writers who are also outstanding teachers will encourage you. We also sponsor ongoing literary events such as the Coast Slam and writing workshops and events for at-risk teens, seniors and other community groups.
Location: San Francisco Bay, the Mendocino Coast

Moravian Writers’ Conference
The conference welcomes writers of all genres and at all career stages. Come energize your writing with challenging and supportive workshops, advance your craft with feedback from our accomplished faculty, be inspired by renowned keynote speakers, and make connections with other writers. The conference is held on Moravian College’s beautiful campus (founded in 1742) located in the historic district of Bethlehem.
Location: Bethlehem, PA

Naropa University Summer Writing Program
The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
Location: Boulder, CO

New York Pitch Conference focuses on the art of the novel pitch as a best method for having your work taken seriously, and as a diagnostic workshop method for exploring the elements of the story itself to determine the quality and marketability of your novel (or your work-in-progress) as you dialogue and network with the best industry professionals in New York.
Location: New York, NY

Odyssey Writing Workshop
Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. Those who attend must be ready to put aside all their other concerns and make a single-minded effort to improve their writing. This is a serious, demanding program. I’m constantly told by graduates that they learned more at Odyssey than they learned in years of workshopping and creative writing classes. You should not apply unless you are ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them.
Location: Manchester, NH

Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference
Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference-Poetry, Writers, Screenwriting
For 44 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers, and screenwriters for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley in the ski lodge at the foot of the ski slopes. Panels, talks, staff readings and workshops take place in these venues with the spectacular view up the mountain.
Location: Squaw Valley, CA

St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
St. Davids Christian Writers originated in the eastern Pennsylvania town of St. Davids, as a ministry of the American Baptist Churches.Today, however, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association is an independent, nonprofit, interdenominational organization. We welcome believers from all branches of the Christian family, as well as conscientious writers from other walks of life who are interested in making the most of their talents.
Location: Grove City College, Grove City, PA

Wesleyan Writers Conference
 The Conference welcomes new writers, established writers, and everyone interested in the writer’s craft. The program includes seminars, workshops, readings, panel discussions, and manuscript consultations, all designed to offer careful attention to your work.  Join us and talk with a faculty of nationally known writers, editors, and agents, and meet fellow writers who share your interests.
Location: Middletown, CT

Write-by-the-Lake Annual Writer’s Workshop and Retreat
In 2013, over 130 writers from 15 states and other countries took advantage of beautiful, sunny weather in Madison, Wisconsin, to refresh their writing life. Our retreat features sessions for beginners and advanced writers (including Master Classes), and offers optional graduate credits in English. Looking for inspiration from other writers who have signed deals, gotten published, and won awards? Read more Success Stories here»
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference
When Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers started, I (and many other talented people) worked hard to make this a conference that people would love to attend. And we have seen many success stories.

Our number one goal? Help you become the best writer you can become. Yes, publication is important and we want that. Nothing is more exciting than finding out an attendee has sold a book or gotten an agent or both! But our number one goal has always been to teach people to write well. The Assistants and I have spoken about how this conference is like a mini-MFA—at a fraction of the cost—with the goal of publication becoming a reality for more and more who attend.
Location: Waterford School in Sandy, Utah

The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction
The Writer’s Hotel & TNG are hosting a Writer’s Workshop Master Class in Fiction and Nonfiction in the NYC Midtown area. Our events are to be held between three writer’s hotels, The Algonquin Hotel, The Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops will take place at The Library Hotel Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden and workshops, lectures and seminars will be given at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.
Location: NY, NY

Yale Writer’s Conference
The Yale Writers’ Conference is an intensive program for the committed writer. Our faculty are nationally known writers who are also inspiring and accessible teachers. Our facilities are the Yale campus.

Each year over a hundred and forty writers from around the world have come to New Haven for each of two sessions. They have gone on to publish their first books or stories, produce plays, and organize a writing workshop for veterans.
Location: New Haven, CT

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“Attn: Ann–Conference to add” in the subject line.

*This page has not yet been updated for 2015 events. We are still waiting for updated information at this time.

 

Can Any Book Survive the Future? by Brian Feinblum

Renior for Test of Time All creative artists want their work to be embraced by a loving public, even long after they are dead. They want to leave a legacy and to be appreciated by others. It doesn’t matter if it’s art, film, books, architecture, or other forms of creation – the desire and drive of all creators is the same.

Sure, some are ego-driven, money-hungry, fame-seekers, but all, at the heart of their efforts, want to see their work valued and to know it’s inspired, enlightened, entertained, and informed others. They want to know they sparked a dialogue, provoked action, stimulated thought and led to a change in society or impacted lives. Writers want to think that they created something not just for today or for a generation, but something everlasting and permanent.

The truth is it doesn’t work that way. Not at all.

I was in the public library the other day to help my eight-year-old son do research for a school report he was writing for his second-grade class. While he looked for books about the Blue Iguana of the Cayman Islands (we found none), I happened upon a volume entitled “Colonial History to 1877.” As I flipped through the book I realized how much has happened in our nation’s history of nearly 237 years but I said to my son: “You know, there will come a time when all of the history you will spend your school years learning, will be taught in a day.”

Eventually there will be little difference between 1813, 1913 or 2013, because so much history will have taken place over the years. Here’s what will happen:

· The more recent history of the present era will always seem more significant and important than the distant past.
· So many more significant things will happen in the centuries to come that by the time it is 2513, to reflect on the quaint times of today will seem insignificant.
· As time goes by, the time dedicated to studying history will be replaced, in part, to be used to learn new skills that future technologies will bring about.

Our ability to record news, find facts, publish analysis and share information will overwhelm the education system and forbid it to properly give students enough time to discuss any specific event or subject in great detail.

Every year that goes by, the amount of classroom time spent learning about history generally remains the same but the amount of time put to any one event or person generally shrinks because more history is created and has to be covered. History books have three decades of history and five more presidents to write about since I graduated high school in 1984.

How much longer will the school year need to be in order to properly cover future history? I calculated I spent about an hour per day in class on history – some 2160 school hours (an hour per school day, 180 days per year, 12 years). That is about 10 hours dedicated per every year of this nation’s history. That means another 290 hours of instruction would be needed just to cover the last 29 years. What will that come to in 100 years? 1000 years? 10,000 years?

So, I come back to my opening remarks about the lifespan of a creative artist’s work, especially books. We still read old books – the Bible, works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and some ancient texts, but compared to all that has been written and published, how many books are read well beyond an author’s lifetime? Books expire. They have a shelf-life even if they can exist forever online. Relevance, discoverability, language – all of these things doom most books.

But it does not stop us from writing as if our words will last forever. Heck, before we can think about our works being read and enjoyed a century from now, we struggle to find readers today. But we can strive to write today and hope the words live another day.

The odds of being read today are much greater than they will be even next week, when, at least 7,000 more books will have been published by traditional publishers. Write as if you’ll be read tomorrow, but hope to be read today.

Remember these words, for chances are they won’t live beyond your lifetime: Create, because you reflect the truth. Create, because you need an alternate to the truth. Create, because you don’t know the truth. Create, to inspire greater truths.

History will tell us what really was true, if only history were complete, unbiased, and accurate. Who knows how long your words will exist, but make them count right now, and if they do their job to inspire greatness, change, and more creativity, then they will become useless and unneeded with time. They will have led a revolution that will render them obsolete. Perhaps being made obsolete is the honor to strive for.

Will your words stand the test of time?

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©

Information Peddlers Are Making Millions, But What of the Writer?

Where's the profit?

By Brian Feinblum

Although book publishing may feel it needs a bailout, there is good news about the business of information and entertainment.

According to a Wall Street Journal article of May 9, 2011, six of the 12 most compensated CEOs in the nation come from companies involved in creating or distributing intellectual content, namely television stations, cable companies, and satellite TV, and a movie house.  Here’s a look at the compensation for 2010’s elite:

No. 1 – Viacom CEO Philippe Davman 84.328 million dollars

No. 3 – CBS CEO Les Moonves 53.881 million dollars

No. 5 – Direct TV CEO Michael White 32.635 million dollars

No. 8 – Disney CEO Robert Iger             27.219 million dollars

No. 10 – Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes 26.012 million dollars

No. 12 – Comcast CEO Brian Roberts 24.950 million dollars

Is this a sign that one can still make money with information?  I didn’t see any magazine or book publishing CEOs on the list of the top 20, but maybe that’s more of a reflection of how the industry pays its top hat rather than as an indication of the industry’s health.  Not sure.

But the bigger question arises: Can the creators of content make good money, however you define “good money?” How many bloggers are making money?  What do journalists get paid?  Are most authors making money?  There are companies getting rich off of content, through private stock sales and advertising such as Facebook, but the writers of its content are you and me and we work for free.

There are companies that peddle content, such as Amazon, and they are doing well.  There are search engines that organize existing content that they don’t pay for, like Google, and they are making billions of dollars.  But what about the individual who writes well, does original research, and performs at a high level in the crafting of ideas and sharing of information?  Is he or she making enough to earn a decent living?

The New York Daily News just reported on a branding study issued by a marketing firm, Millward Brown. They identified the top 10 brand values. Not surprisingly, six in 10 top brands are technology and telecom companies. That’s where the money is at.  Just look at Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, AT&T, and China Mobile. They produce gadgets, move information, or provide a service for users to create and transport information.

Maybe instead of blogging, writers should just invest in the stocks of the information-peddling companies.  It may be the best way to earn money off of information, since the creation of information doesn’t seem as valued.

Brian Feinblum, Chief Marketing Officer, Planned Television Arts, has been promoting and marketing authors since 1989. feinblumb@plannedtvarts.com 212-583-2718. He has also launched a new book marketing blog at: http://www.bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/