Friday, March 20, 2009

Conversations and Connections 2009 Conference

It's official! Serena and I will be attending the Third Annual Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Getting Published conference on April 11. We attended last year and had a great time. (Read my conference recap here.)

This year, the featured speaker is Amy Hempel, and panelists include Susan Muaddi-Darraj (I reviewed her book, The Inheritance of Exile: Stories From South Philly, and interviewed her here); C.M. Mayo, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire; and Deborah Ager of 32 Poems, who is working with Serena on those awesome poet interviews you've been hearing about on Savvy Verse & Wit.

The panels include "The Novel: Juggling POVs," "The Digital Literary Landscape," and "Craft Lecture: Writing Sex Scenes." See the complete list of speakers and panels here.

The Conversations and Connections conference is April 11 from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Writing Program campus in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. It costs just $55, and that includes 3 panels, a book, a subscription to a literary magazine, and speed dating with a literary magazine editor, in which you have 10 minutes to have them read and critique 1-2 pages of your writing.

If any of you are in the D.C. area and want to learn more about writing and publishing, we'd love to meet up with you!


Serena said...

Great post Anna! Mine is planned for my Sunday writing goal post!

Sandy Nawrot said...

I'm impressed! I will really look forward to hearing about it when you come back. Are you an aspiring writer?

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Shoot. I'll be in Utah, on vacation.

Can either of you join me at the Lori Foster weekend? I like these get-togethers better than actual conferences, I've decided. The vibe is much cooler.

Iliana said...

Lucky girls! I bet you'll have tons of fun and looking forward to hearing all about it :)

Jeannie said...

I hope you both have a great time on the convention.

P.S. Sorry I haven't responded to your email. I'm sure you know about Mike's health troubles. :( I will try to write you this weekend.

Ladytink_534 said...

Sounds like a good time. Have fun!!!

Unknown said...

This sounds like an awesome conference. Have fun!

Lenore Appelhans said...

Oooh - writing sex scenes... that sounds steamy!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

How fun that you and Serena get to do this together! It's always more fun with a great friend by your side.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great conference! Sex scenes and speed dating ... do your husbands know? :)

Anonymous said...

wow! this definitely sounds interesting! will wait to read your post about how it went!

Anna said...

~Serena: Thanks! I look forward to reading yours.

~Sandy: Yup. I'm working on a novel and some short stories. I used to write a lot of poetry. I've been writing since I first started stringing words together.

~Susan: Darn! I checked out the info for the Lori Foster weekend, and unfortunately, I can't make that one! :(

~Iliana: I can't wait! We had a blast this year, and they've made some improvements so it looks even better this time around.

~Jeannie: Oh, no! So sorry to hear about Mike. I hope he's doing okay. I'll have to check out your blog. My online time has been so minimal these days.

~Ladytink: Thanks!

~Janel: Thanks!

~Lenore: Doesn't it? I think I'm going to sit in on that panel. Should be interesting.

~Trish: I know! I don't think I'd want to go by myself. At least we live close to each other and are just a train ride from D.C.

~Dawn: I think we've been married too long for them to care! LOL

~Ramya: I'll definitely let you all know how it went!