We are just one week away from the 1st annual Brave New Words Writing Conference and I’m so excited! It’s always a pleasure to meet and spend time with other creative writers and I’m excited to present the two workshops I’ll be leading on Sunday, July 1 – The Importance of Writing about Place, and Figurative Language & Imagery. A lot of reading, research, thought and writing has gone into preparing each one, and whether you write primarily fiction or non-fiction, I’m looking forward to giving you some fresh insights and practical tools and techniques you can put to use in your writing right away.
In addition to the two workshops I’ll be leading, I’m also super psyched about Randall Brown’s pre-conference workshop 6/29, Fearless Flash Fiction. I’ve been writing flash fiction for about 8 years–it is hands-down my favorite ‘prose morsel’ to write–and this is a rare opportunity to work with a true master of the form. Randall’s also going to be teaching his secrets to submission success Sunday afternoon. I don’t know about you, but yeah–I’d love to know how he’s managed to publish several HUNDRED flash fiction stories!
Ken Kalfus’ address and reading Friday evening 6/29 is not to be missed, and then there’s Curtis Smith’s reading on Saturday 6/30 at noon, which I will definitely be attending. He’ll be reading from his latest publication Lovepain, and I’m planning to pick up a copy then for summer reading. If you’re curious about Curtis’ writing or the novel, check out this review in The Collagist. (You can find the full Conference schedule here.)
Yes, I am a bit like a kid waiting for Christmas these days! And you know Christmas is all about giving, and that is really what this conference is about–giving writers support, guidance, and of course, the gift of time and a place to write in a beautiful, relaxing setting. What could be better?
How about a writing contest where every single attendee is a WINNER?
We’ve come up with a very special writing contest exclusively for Brave New Writers:
- There will be drawings for door prizes, including signed copies of books and free attendance at a future workshop sponsored by Prose Morsels Press.
- 1 lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive an invitation to publish a flash fiction story in the first Prose Morsels Press anthology, plus a FREE synopsis and query letter clinic for his or her novel/memoir.
And here’s my favorite part–everyone is literally a winner! Because following the conference, ALL ATTENDEES RECEIVE A FREE CRITIQUE of a short piece of writing (3,000 words maximum of either fiction or creative nonfiction).
I wish the best of luck with our contest to everyone attending Brave New Words Writing Conference. I can’t wait to get creative with you next weekend!