Writers Weekend

Writers Weekend

5th Annual Writers Weekend

September 23-25, 2016

The success of our Writers Weekend depends on the generosity of our talented and dedicated presenters, who VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME and DONATE THEIR SERVICES. Please join us in thanking them all for their invaluable contributions. We appreciate their time, talent, guidance, and inspiration. Here's a list of those who volunteered:

•    Writing for Children: Pegi Deitz Shea

•    Creative Nonfiction: Beth Richards, University of Hartford

•    Do Your Research; Then Let Your Subject Breathe: Susan Campbell

•    How to Start and Maintain a Manuscript Critique Group: Pegi Deitz Shea, Sandra Horning, and Garrett Phelan

•    Diagramming Sentences to Improve Your Writing: Lucy Ferriss

      Poetry as Memoir: Bessy Reyna

      Finding Your Voice: Susanne Davis

•     How Writers Can Leverage Social Media: Marie Shanahan, University of Connecticut

•    Storytelling Techniques for Writers: Matthew Dicks

•    Ghostwriting: Kerry Zukus

•    Self Publishing: Patrice Fitzgerald

•    Creativity, Inspiration, Expression & Reception PART ONE: Khaiim the Rap Poet, Laugh, and Rico

•    Podcasts that Pop!: Julia Pistell, Elizabeth Normen, Jennifer LaRue

•    Nature Writing: Walking in the Footsteps of Twain: Hunter Liguore

•    Writing Family History and Memoir: How to Get Started: Sarah Merrill

•    Creativity, Inspiration, Expression & Reception PART TWO: Khaiim the Rap Poet, Laugh, and Rico

•    Take This Job and Leave It: Preparing for a Full-Time Writing Career While You're Still Employed by Someone Else: Jane Haertel

•    Screenwriting: Gary Maynard

     Panel Discussion: The American Voice: Steve Courtney, Liz Petry, Kerry Driscoll, Tim Parrish

 

THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL!!!

 

 

 

 

5th Annual Writers Weekend

September 25-27. 2016

This one-of-a-kind conference brings writers of all interests and abilities to Mark Twain’s home for a full weekend of workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and other events and activities designed to help them further their craft, deepen their understanding of writing, and enjoy the company and community of fellow writers. The weekend is planned in such a way that every writer feels like Twain’s writing colleague and a welcome guest in his home.

Plan to attend the 5th Annual Writers Weekend!

Registration is $180 ($162 for members) and includes two keynote addresses, an opening reception Friday night, light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and more than 30 workshops and panel discussions. Early-bird discounted price for those registering before September 1: $170.

Special opportunities to Write in Mark Twain's Library on Saturday or Sunday morning are available on a limited basis, for a $30 additional fee.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

Lesley M.M. Blume

Friday, September 23, 7 p.m.

Blume is an award-winning journalist, reporter, cultural historian, and author. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and Departures magazine; her work has appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Paris Review Daily, among other publications. She now specializes in stories about historical cultural achievements. In June 2016, Eamon Dolan Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released her new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Sun‘s 1926 release. 

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Lesley M.M. Blume (Photo by: Oberto Gili)


Ocean Vuong

Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m.

Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrativemagazine, and a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, GRANTA, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he grew up in Hartford and now lives in New York City.

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Ocean Vuong (Photo by: Peter Bienkowski)

The Writers Weekend registration fee includes admission to both keynote events.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE; NEW WORKSHOPS ARE STILL BEING ADDED!)

Registration is $180 ($162 for members) and includes two keynote addresses, an opening reception Friday night, light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and more than 30 workshops and panel discussions. Early-bird discounted price for those registering before September 1: $170.

FULL MENU:

All 3 days: $180 ($162 for members)
Saturday only: $110
Sunday only: $90
Friday keynote only: $30
Saturday keynote only: $30

Special opportunities to Write in Mark Twain's Library on Saturday or Sunday morning are available on a limited basis, for a $30 additional fee. Full details HERE!

To purchase tickets, please click HERE!

Plan to attend the 5th Annual Writers Weekend!

Friday, September 23

6:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Welcome to Mark Twain’s House!

Enjoy drinks and appetizers from Bear's Smokehouse BBQ with your fellow writers—and with members of Mark Twain’s family and household staff.

7:00 p.m. Keynote Conversation: Lesley M.M. Blume

Saturday, September 24

ALL DAY:  Bananagrams and bananas in The Nook!

Twain Trivia Contest: Answer all the questions correctly, win a prize!

7:00-8:30 a.m. Writing in Mark Twain’s Library: Bring your laptop or journal (no pens, please!) to Mark Twain’s library for 90 minutes of quiet writing. $30; limited to 18 participants; advance registration required.

 8:30-9:15 a.m. Coffee, Conversation, and Baked Goods from Metro Cafe in Hal Holbrook Hall

 9:30-10:45 a.m. Workshops Session 1

•    Writing for Children: Pegi Deitz Shea

•    Creative Nonfiction: Beth Richards, University of Hartford

•    Do Your Research; Then Let Your Subject Breathe: Susan Campbell

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshops Session 2

•    How to Start and Maintain a Manuscript Critique Group: The Wednesday Writers: Pegi Deitz Shea, Sandra Horning, and Garrett Phelan

•    Diagramming Sentences to Improve Your Writing: Lucy Ferriss

•    Poetry as Memoir: Bessy Reyna

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own; book signings

1:30-2:45 p.m. Workshops Session 3

•     Finding Your Voice: Susanne Davis

•     How Writers Can Leverage Social Media: Marie Shanahan, University of Connecticut

•    Storytelling Techniques for Writers: Matthew Dicks

3:00-4:15 p.m. Playwright Panel: Moderated by Frank Rizzo, featuring Jacques Lamarre, Edwin Sanchez, T.D. Mitchell, Julia Rosenblatt

4:30-5:45 p.m. Workshops Session 4

•    Ghostwriting: Kerry Zukus

•    Self Publishing: Patrice Fitzgerald

•    Creativity, Inspiration, Expression & Reception PART ONE: Khaiim the Rap Poet

Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. Keynote Conversation: Ocean Vuong

 

 

Sunday, September 25

 

ALL DAY:  Bananagrams and bananas in The Nook!

Twain Trivia Contest: Answer all the questions correctly, win a prize!

 7:00-8:30 a.m. Writing in Mark Twain’s Library: Bring your laptop or journal to Mark Twain’s library for two hours of quiet writing. $30; limited to 18 participants; advance registration recommended.

 8:30-9:15 a.m. Coffee and Baked Goods from Metro Cafe in Hal Holbrook Hall

 9:30-10:45 a.m. Workshops Session 5

•    Podcasts that Pop!: Julia Pistell, Elizabeth Normen, Jennifer LaRue

•    Writing the Creative Conscious; Exploring the Art of Truth-telling: Cindy Brown Austin

•    Nature Writing: Walking in the Footsteps of Twain: Hunter Liguore

 

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshops Session 6

•    Creativity, Inspiration, Expression & Reception PART TWO: Khaiim the Rap Poet

•    Take This Job and Leave It: Preparing for a Full-Time Writing Career While You're Still Employed by Someone Else: Jane Haertel

•    Screenwriting: Gary Maynard

•    Writing Family History and Memoir: How to Get Started: Sarah Merrill

 

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own; book signings

1:30-2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: The American Voice: Steve Courtney, Liz Petry, Kerry Driscoll, Tim Parrish

2:45-3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING OUR GENEROUS PRESENTERS, WHO ARE DONATING THEIR TIME TO MAKE THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE WRITERS’ WEEKEND THE EXCELLENT EVENT THAT IT IS.

REGISTER NOW by clicking HERE!

Questions? Contact Director of Writing Programs Jennifer LaRue: jennifer.larue@marktwainhouse.org.

 

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