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

Event :: Friday Night Comics Workshops at SAW

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The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) offers free weekly online comics workshops on Fridays, each hosted by a professional cartoonist who leads participants through a structured drawing and/or storytelling exercise. The series was originally started by The Believer (‘We Believe in Comics’).

SAW is an online and in-person grassroots, non-profit comics school located in Gainesville, Florida, founded in 2011 by indie cartoonist Tom Hart. “At SAW we help budding cartoonists discover their own path in visual storytelling. Students learn core comics techniques like storytelling, character creation, panel design, storyboarding, inking and lettering.”

Numerous working groups meet via their online SAW Mighty Network Community, and the SAW Certificate Program enrolls every fall for a nine-month intensive instruction in drawing for comics, comic storytelling, comics history, and more. Many SAW graduates from the past ten years have gone on to publish full-length works.

February 2024 eLitPak :: Martin Espada is the Featured Poet for 2024 SOMOS Poetry Month

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Deadline: April 11, 2024
Event Dates: April 12 – April 13, 2024
Award-winning poet Martin Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His new book of poems from Norton is “Floaters,” winner of the 2021 National Book Award. His other books of poems include “Vivas to Those Who Have Failed,” The Trouble Ball” and “The Republic of Poetry” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as others. Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. View flyer to learn more.

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February 2024 eLitPak :: 1 Day Left: Fellowships for Writers to MVICW Virtual Seminars

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Fellowship Application Deadline: February 17, 2024
MVICW’s Virtual Writers Seminars offers four separate weekends this spring. Take a deep dive into your writing with award-winning faculty online. Seminars include fiction, poetry, CNF classes, evening readings, open mics. Weekends can be taken individually or as full series. Fellowships Available: 4 first prizes (winners receive the entire series), 4 second prizes. Fellowship Deadline: February 17th. Register at our website.

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February 2024 eLitPak :: Stories & Songs: A Writing Retreat in Italy

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Event Dates: September 10-16, 2024
Join Memoirist/Fiction writer Carolyn Flynn, Fiction writer/Writing Coach Karen Leslie, and #1 songwriter Clay Mills for a 6 day/night immersive writing retreat at Spannocchia, a 12th Century Tuscan tenuta. Generative workshops, time to write, individualized feedback, open mics, wine on the grass terrace, Tuscan food, and a writer’s excursion to Siena. Choose your track: Storyteller, Songwriter or Hybrid. View our flyer and visit our website to learn more. Zoom Q & A: 2/22/24. Register on website.

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February 2024 eLitPak :: A Breakthrough Experience for Writers of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror

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Have you ever wished you could attend your own private writing workshop that would teach you exactly what you need to know, at the right pace for you, and provide feedback and guidance in extensive one-on-one sessions? That’s Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop. It’s an intensive, personalized, one-on-one online workshop experience combining advanced lectures, expert feedback, and deep mentoring. View our flyer and visit our website to learn more.

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February 2024 eLitPak :: Ireland Writing Retreat on the Ring of Kerry

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Registration Deadline: May 1, 2024
Event Dates: June 9-13, 2024
A generative and restorative writing immersion in County Kerry, Ireland with Carolyn Dawn Flynn, acclaimed novelist, memoirist and TEDx speaker, and writer and poet extraordinaire Jona Kottler. Let the soul-stirring mountains and wild sea of Ireland’s Ring of Kerry be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Whether you’re writing essays or a book-length memoir, short stories or a novel, poetry or screenplays—or hybrid!—this immersive retreat is designed to help you deepen and refine your work-in-progress, emerging with clarity and vision. Find out more at our website.

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Event :: Sarabande Books Free Weekly Zine Lunch

Zine Lunch! presented by Sarabande Books is a free weekly online workshop “designed to be a fun and low-stakes way to make time for creativity.” Each one-hour session (12-1PM EST) is hosted by an author or friend of the press who guides participants in a uniquely designed practice. A full archive of over 60 recorded sessions is available on the publisher’s Vimeo page along with video directions on folding a one-page zine.

Each workshop is unique, the presenter offers a concentrated writing and/or imaging practice (such as collage). Not every session actually produces a ‘zine’ booklet. It seems the ‘zine’ concept can also mean a condensed practice in creativity, though some presenters come a bit ‘overprepared’ for the limited time, leaving participants to finish their projects afterward.

There is also an opportunity for attendees to share their work if they would like. It’s a friendly, welcoming workshop; I have attended a live session and have viewed about half of the recordings. The series is run by Natalie Wollenzien, Publishing & Communications Assistant, who is wonderful at introducing the presenter, participating, sharing, helping troubleshoot any tech issues, and continuing to curate a superb lineup for the community.

January 2024 eLitPak :: 3 Days Left: Over $20,000 in Fellowships to Martha’s Vineyard

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Deadline: January 22, 2024
Full Tuition & Lodging Fellowships for parent-writers, educators, writers of color, and queer writers to The Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers Conference (May 26-31). MVICW was founded with a belief that a supportive, creative, and nourishing community is essential for a successful writing life. Our Summer Writers’ Conference is open to writers at all stages of their careers. View our flyer for more information. Apply at our website.

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January 2024 eLitPak :: Kenyon Review Summer 2024 Residential Adult Writers Workshops

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Deadline: February 16, 2024
Join us for our week-long, residential writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with acclaimed faculty in beautiful Gambier, Ohio. Unlike other writing workshops, the Kenyon Review Writing Workshops are generative, focused on giving writers time and space to produce new work. Since 1995, these workshops have provided thousands of writers with a nurturing space to take creative risks and push their writing to the next level. The low student-teacher ratio and supportive, rigorous, and immersive writing community have proved so popular that many students return again and again. Applications are open now and close February 16, 2024! Visit our website and view our flyer for more information and to apply.

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November 2023 eLitPak :: Kenyon Review Winter Online Adult Writers Workshops

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Application Deadline: December 10, 2023
Our Winter Online Workshops offer participants a unique opportunity to learn from three faculty members in the same genre over six weeks. Workshops meet every Saturday 2:00–4:00 pm ET starting January 20, 2024 (no meeting on February 10). Workshops are generative, with a focus on creating new work. Visit our website and view our flyer for more information and to apply.

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Event :: The Common Postcard Auction 2023

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The Common‘s annual postcard auction opens for bidding on Monday, November 13. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an annual fundraiser where you can bid to receive a postcard from your favorite author. This year’s list of 40+ authors includes folks like Anthony Doerr, Gina Chung, Sandra Cisneros, David Sedaris, Rick Russo, Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Anne Tyle, Alison Bechdel, Julia Alvarez, and Rabih Alameddine just to name a few. Authors always put a lot of their creative energy into writing (and drawing!) these, and they’re always completed by the holidays if you want to buy one as a gift for someone. Bidding closes at noon EST on December 4, 2023.

September 2023 eLitPak :: 25th Annual Taos Storytelling Festival

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Join us for the 25th Annual Taos Storytelling Festival on October 13-14, 2023, in Taos, NM. Featured tellers include Kim Delfina Gleason of Two Worlds: A Native Theater and Performing Arts Troupe presenting “Spider Woman Stories” and regional tellers. A curated community storytelling evening, a workshop, and a Storyswap round out the weekend. View flyer, go to the SOMOS website, or call 575-758-0081 for more information.

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Event :: 2023 Poetry Marathon

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The 2023 Poetry Marathon is now open for applications! No running shoes required for this marathon, but you will definitely need stamina and perseverance! This annual event invites writers to join in a half- or full-day of poetry writing, responding to prompts posted on the hour starting a 9:00am EST on Saturday, September 2, and running (no pun intended) through 9:00am EST Sunday, September 3. If you’re not up for the full 24-hour marathon, there are two 12-hour half-marathons (my speed). The first is for day folk and goes from 9:00am-9:00pm on September 2, and the second is for night owls, from 9:00pm on September 2 to 9:00am on September 3. The platform is WordPress, which allows each participant their own space to post as well as to give and receive feedback. Participants who successfully complete their event will receive a certificate of achievement and are eligible to submit works for inclusion in the annual anthology. Over the past several years, the marathon has had over 500 participants each year, though not all finished. That’s the challenge! Registration is open through August 28. Hope to see some of you there!

July 2023 eLitPak :: 2024 Todos Santos Writers Workshop

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February 4-10, 2024

Early Bird Discount Deadline: September 1, 2023
Join us in Baja, in our pueblo magico by the sea, for our 11th annual Winter Session in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Writers at all levels welcome, with workshops in Memoir, Poetry, Fiction, and Storytelling Strategies. Faculty: Jeanne McCulloch, Karen Karbo, Christopher Merrill, and Rex Weiner. To apply, visit our websiteView flyer for more details. #lithappens

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July 2023 eLitPak :: Loida Maritza Pérez SOMOS Writer’s Showcase Reading

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Presenting Writers Showcase author, Loida Maritza Pérez, on Saturday, 8/19/23, at 5:30pm at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM 87571. A native of the Dominican Republic, a 2022-23 National Leaders of Color Fellow, Perez is the author of Geographies of Home. Her upcoming book, Beyond the Pale, won a PEN America 2019 Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History. View flyer to learn more.

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July 2023 eLitPak :: Write and Workshop—Women Writer’s Retreat in the Catskills

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Registration Deadline: October 1, 2023
An intimate retreat of passionate writers. We write and workshop by day and gather for a wine & cheese salon every evening to share readings. Guest writer Elizabeth Brundage, author of several novels including The Vanishing PointA Stranger Like You, and All Things Cease to Appear (the basis for the Netflix film “Things Heard and Seen”) will lead an in-depth conversation on our third day. View flyer and click here to request more information.

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June 2023 eLitPak :: Women at Woodstock 2024

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Write in a Community of Fellow Creatives in the Catskills

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2023
Our intimate retreat fosters creativity in a safe environment. We write and workshop by day and share readings in a wine & cheese literary salon every evening. Our guest this year is Elizabeth Brundage, author of several novels including The Vanishing PointA Stranger Like You, and All Things Cease to Appear, which was the basis for the Netflix film “Things Heard and Seen.” View flyer for more information.

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June 2023 eLitPak :: 7th Annual Taos Writers Conference

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Come to beautiful Taos, New Mexico to attend the 7th Annual Taos Writers Conference 7/7/23-7/9/23. Our keynote speaker Ramona Emerson will be joined by twenty other faculty members offering workshops in every genre including poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Noted faculty include Ariel Gore, Jamie Figueroa, and Valerie Martinez. FMI: visit website or call 575-758-0081.

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May 2023 eLitPak :: Cleaver Summer Writing School

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One-Day Masterclasses & Weekly Workshops

Find community and grow your craft in our online summer workshops taught by leaders in the lit community. Join us for one-day Sunday masterclasses with topics like “Delusions of Grammar” and “Building Your Writing Brand” and multi-week workshops in all genres. Whether you’re a new writer or a well-published pro, you’ll find motivation, structure, constructive criticism, and a dedicated cohort. See our flyer and visit our website for more information.

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May 2023 eLitPak :: Learn to Craft Great Characters with Litwise

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Are your characters compelling enough? Welcome to “Write the Next Famous Novel Character,” a comprehensive online workshop that will help you turn your readers into die-hard fans. We believe every writer has a legion of memorable characters inside of them, waiting to be unleashed. Let’s unleash yours. View flyer and visit website to learn more.

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May 2023 eLitPak :: 10th Annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

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The 10th Annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference takes place June 18-24, 2023, and our excellent faculty will help you tell your story as only you can. Join us to see what happens when you immerse yourself in the words, water, and woods at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mention this ad by May 24 for a 10% tuition discount! View flyer.

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Independent Bookstore Day 2023

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Independent Bookstore Day takes place the last Saturday in April every year. For 2023 that makes it April 29. Indie bookstores across the country participate with special events and so much more. This year is the 10th anniversary of this special day to support stores that offer so much more than good books to our communities.

Want to find a bookstore near you and support them this weekend or see what fun events they may be hosting? Stop by our Guide to Indie Bookstores in the US & Canada (we just finished up a round of adding and updating more bookstores, too). It’s the perfect place to plan an indie bookstore tour of stores near you.

April 2023 eLitPak :: Immerse yourself in Irish Poetry with a trip to Ireland

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Inspire your writing with our Irish Poetry trip to Ireland. Our immersive writing program includes classes and guided tours on the literary history of Ireland, visits to the local landscapes of famous Irish writers, workshops and one-to-one sessions to help you with your own creative work, and readings by Ireland’s top poets – including Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan, Annemarie Ní Churreáin. Visit website to learn more.

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April 2023 eLitPak :: Our Emily Dickinson Retreat 2023

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Registration Deadline: April 30, 2023
Sure, you know the world’s Emily… But do you know our Emily? Find inspiration and delight by immersing yourself in Emily Dickinson’s life, poems and obsessions. In this “active retreat,” we’ll explore her surroundings and her obsessions, and write work acknowledging that shared poetic DNA. This retreat includes time to think, explore, and enjoy the company of kindred spirits. Visit website or view flyer to learn more.

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April 2023 eLitPak :: Story Catalyst Online Classes

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Sign up for the next virtual story catalyst classes! Lyric Essays taking place at 6 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 2. Available live, virtual, and on demand. Sign up here. The lyric essay is one of literature’s most elegant forms, but what is it, and how can you write one? It may resemble poetry more than prose, and it may experiment with forms, such as the braided essay or the hermit crab essay. But its guiding force is the emotional truth. View flyer for more information.

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April 2023 eLitPak :: Tremont Writers Conference in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Application Deadline: April 30, 2023
Applications are open for the Tremont Writers Workshop, a five-day experience for a select group inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Join renowned author workshop leaders Frank X Walker (poetry), Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (fiction), Janet McCue (nonfiction), and guest novelist Richard Powers for a writers conference like no other. Apply at writers.gsmit.orgView full flyer.

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March eLitPak :: New York Writers Workshop City-&-Sea Conference

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Registration Deadline: May 7, 2023
NYWW Workshops (fiction, poetry, cnf, translation, travel), panels, readings, excursions in Mexico City with Kim Addonizio, Ravi Shankar, and Tim Tomlinson. Workshops M/W/F mornings, T/Th/S afternoons. Readings, panels, events on four evenings. In Vallodolid, four late afternoon gatherings for talks, panel discussions, consultations, readings. Other events include visits to cenotes and the Mayan Ek Balam ruin. ¡Danny Caron provides music! Visit website or view flyer to learn more.

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February 2023 eLitPak :: Register for the 2023 Jackson Hole Writers Conference

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For more than thirty years, diverse groups of passionate professional and novice writers have gathered at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. While attending workshops and keynote addresses at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, writers learn about the craft of writing, share ideas, and make new friends while networking with authors, editors and agents from myriad backgrounds. Early-bird registration pricing available through May 12th. Join us! View flyer.

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February 2023 eLtiPak :: Affordable Poetry, Publishing, & Critique Workshops

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Registration Deadline: Year-round
Caesura Poetry Workshop aims to support, inspire, and energize poets through affordable monthly Zoom workshops hosted by award-winning poet, editor, and teacher John Sibley Williams. All workshops include poem analysis, active group discussion, and writing prompts. Upcoming class themes include nature journaling, book marketing, poetic forms, erasure, sequence poems, monthly critique workshops and writing circles, and more. View flyer and visit website for more information.

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February 2023 eLitPak :: 2023 Nova Scotia Writers Retreat

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Have you ever considered attending a writers retreat? Gain insight on your writing, deepen your craft, make new writer friends and best of all, gift yourself with a beautiful setting to hone your voice. Writing coach and author Lynne Golodner is hosting an intimate week-long writers retreat in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia from July 24-28, 2023, and there’s only ONE SPOT LEFT. For information and to apply, visit website.

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Event :: YA Literature Summit 2023

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Sponsored by Oklahoma State University and Aquinas College and facilitated by members of NCTE’s ELATE Commission on the Study and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, the sixth annual Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature will be held fully online Friday, April 21, 2023. The Call for Proposals is open until February 27 and is open to Classroom Practice Sessions, Research Presentations, and Panel Presentations. Registration for the event opens on March 1, 2023. For full details, visit the YAL Summit website.

January 2023 eLitPak :: Map Your Book from Start to Finish

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Registration Deadline: March 12, 2023
Novelists, memoirists, and nonfiction authors: Map Your Book from Start to Finish the supportive opportunity you need to finish, polish, and prepare your book for publication, get personalized coaching feedback, and meet other serious writers. Our three-part format ensures you’ll track real progress throughout the program. Includes in-person workshop in Annapolis, MD in March 2023. Early-bird registration ends Feb 28. View flyer or visit website for more information.

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January 2023 eLitPak :: Affordable Poetry, Publishing, & Critique Workshops

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Registration Deadline: Year-round
Caesura Poetry Workshop aims to support, inspire, and energize poets through affordable monthly Zoom workshops hosted by award-winning poet, editor, and teacher John Sibley Williams. All workshops include poem analysis, active group discussion, and writing prompts. Upcoming class themes include experimenting with punctuation, sharpening poem titles, erasure poetry, New Year’s poetry, building a chapbook, monthly critique workshops, and more. View flyer and visit website for more information.

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January 2023 eLitPak :: 2023 Writers Retreat in Nova Scotia

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Join Writing Coach & Author Lynne Golodner July 24-28, 2023 for an intimate oceanside writers retreat in Nova Scotia, for a week of writing, workshopping, community, and connection. This retreat accepts only 8 writers and will focus on how place impacts identity. To apply, send a writing sample along with an explanation about why you would be an ideal participant, and why the theme of place & identity appeals to you, to [email protected]View flyer for more information.

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January 2023 eLitPak :: A Breakthrough Experience for Writers of Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror

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Deadline: March 13, 2023
Have you ever wished you could attend your own private writing workshop that would teach you exactly what you need to know, at the right pace for you, and provide feedback and guidance in extensive one-on-one sessions? That’s Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop. It’s an intensive, personalized, one-on-one online workshop experience combining advanced lectures, expert feedback, and deep mentoring. View flyer or visit website for more information.

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December 2022 eLitPak :: Affordable Poetry, Publishing, & Critique Workshops

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Registration Deadline: Year-round
Caesura Poetry Workshop aims to support, inspire, and energize poets through affordable monthly Zoom workshops hosted by award-winning poet, editor, and teacher John Sibley Williams. All workshops include poem analysis, active group discussion, and writing prompts. Upcoming class themes include experimenting with punctuation, sharpening poem titles, erasure poetry, New Year’s poetry, building a chapbook, monthly critique workshops, and more. View flyer and visit website for more information.

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November 2022 eLitPak :: Author Marketing Mastermind

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Develop your author brand & marketing plan. In this digital age, writers must have a clear brand and be comfortable managing the marketing of their work. Learn from Author, Writing Coach & Marketing Entrepreneur Lynne Golodner how to create your author brand and build a marketing plan that you are eager to implement. This 12-week Mastermind begins January 12, 2023 and has only 6 spots left! Reserve yours now by emailing [email protected]View flyer for more information.

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Event :: 2023 Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference

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The 2023 Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference will take place May 18 through 21 in Brevard, North Carolina. They are currently accepting applications through December 15. Faculty include Camille Dungy, Jamie Ford, and Margaret Renkl. Workshops are limited to 12 participants and there are scholarships available.

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October 2022 eLitPak :: Madville Publishing at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books

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Madville Publishing congratulates Pauletta Hansel, Susan O’Dell Underwood, and Jeff Hardin, all featured authors at The Southern Festival of Books this year, Friday, October 14, 12 PM – Sunday, October 16, 5 PM, in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope to see you there! (We’ll be in booth #15!) View flyer or visit our website.

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Event :: Winter 2022-23 Caesura Poetry Workshop Offerings

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John Sibley Williams’ Caesura Poetry Workshop has announced Winter 2022-23 virtual events! First off there is a FREE generative workshop taking place Saturday, December 10 via Zoom: Burning Down the Old Year: Writing Poems About the New Year. Then in January, enjoy a critique and generative workshops series happening each Friday while in February these will be held on Sundays.

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September 2022 eLitPak :: 24th Annual Taos Storytelling Festival

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Registration Deadline: October 15, 2022
Featuring headliners Carmen Agra Deedy, Sarah “Juba” Addison and local legend, Cisco Guevara at the main show on 10/15/22 at 7pm at the TCA, Taos, NM. Other events include community storytelling, storyswap, storytelling workshop, and a children’s performance at an elementary school. Come, tell a story, hear a story, laugh, cry and be entertained. FMI, go to our online schedule or call SOMOS, 575-758-0081. View flyer to learn more.

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September 2022 eLitPak :: Todos Santos Writers Workshop 10th Anniversary

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The Todos Santos Writers Workshop is thrilled to announce our 10th anniversary session, JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 5. Join us for a week of workshops, craft talks, fiestas, and camaraderie in our pueblo magico by the sea. Faculty: Christopher Merrill, Leigh Newman, Jeanne McCulloch, Karen Karbo, and Rex Weiner. Open to writers in all genres and at all levels. For more information and to register, please go to our website. Register with early bird discount before October 15. View flyer to learn more.

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Events :: Poetry Foundation Library

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You don’t need to live in New York to take advantage of the many free events offered by the Poetry Foundation Library. Their calendar is peppered with community activities that include in-person with a virtual option as well as virtual-only events. Events like a Book Club with small group discussion online, moderated by library staff, with all participants residing in the U.S. offered a complimentary copy of the book; Forms & Features, which is billed as “part discussion, part poetry workshop,” online monthly series; and numerous Readings and Lectures, Screenings, and Performances.

The two upcoming Book Clubs are All the Blood Involved in Love by Maya Marshall [pictured] on September 30 and Somebody Else Sold the World by Adrian Matejka on October 21. Participants are welcome to sign up for one but not both club events. Closed captioning is available via Google Meet and an ASL interpreter will be provided upon request.

Event :: National Write Out 2022

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Write Out (#writeout) is a free two-week celebration of writing, making, and sharing inspired by the great outdoors. It is a public invitation to get out and create that is supported with a series of online activities, made especially for educators, students, and families, to explore national parks and other public spaces. The goal is to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing using the common hashtag #writeout.

This year’s Write Out is STEAM-Powered (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and will run October 9-23, 2022. To support this theme, Write Out will be organized around the use of notebooks and journals that inspire observing, describing and annotating just like STEAM professionals do!

Write Out encourages all participants to get outdoors, write, create, reflect, share, and connect with one another on and offline. Your time commitment and level of participation in Write Out is flexible; you can use any of the content created in your own way, at your own pace, for and with your own community—you are also welcome to create your own!

Sign up now to receive information to support your planning and participation: https://writeout.nwp.org.

Event :: Caesura Poetry Workshops Fall 2022 Offerings

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Join award-winning poet, editor, and writing coach John Sibley Williams this fall for virtual Caesura Poetry Workshops. These are hosted via Zoom. Upcoming classes include Writing Evocative Love Poems (September 17), Elegy: Writing Poems of Loss (October 2 & 9), two group critique classes (Fridays in October, Sundays in November), and more.

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Events :: Chestnut Review Aug/Sept Workshops

Stubborn writers wanted! Join Chestnut Review Managing Editor Maria S. Picone and Poetry Editor A.R. Salandy for a variety of unique workshops offered through August (there’s still time!) and September:

  • Drop-in Accountability Workshop (August 28)
  • Using Multiple Languages in Your Work (September 4)
  • The Submission & Editorial Process: Understanding the Literary World (September 10)
  • Stubborn Writers Workshop (September 17)
  • Unpacking Flash (September 25)

Discounts are available for contributors, staff, or returning attendees. For more information see the Chestnut Review workshops page.

Free Feedback Fridays Ongoing

If you’re not following Chestnut Review on Twitter, you’re missing out on Free Feedback Fridays! Follow and retweet our #freefeedbackfriday post on the first Friday of each month and you’ll enter a drawing to win a free critique on your submission. The next one is on Friday, September 2nd.

August 2022 eLitPak :: Todos Santos Writers Workshop 10th Anniversary Session

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The Todos Santos Writers Workshop is thrilled to announce our 10th anniversary session, JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 5. Join us for a week of workshops, craft talks, fiestas, and camaraderie in our pueblo magico by the sea. Faculty: Christopher Merrill, Leigh Newman, Jeanne McCulloch, Karen Karbo, and Rex Weiner. Open to writers in all genres and at all levels. For more information and to register, please go to our website. Register with early bird discount before October 15.

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Event :: Rain Taxi “Coffee Break”

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Rain Taxi Review of Books is holding its first event of the 2022-2023 season on Wednesday, September 14, 3pm Central. Their first Fall event is a virtual “coffee break” visit to celebrate the new novel W. with Swedish author Steve Sem-Sandberg in conversation with the book’s English-language translator, Saskia Vogel. This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

W. (The Overlook Press) is a literary reimagining of one of modern literature’s touchstone texts, the play Woyzeck. Considered the first modern drama, Woyzeck tells the story of a poor soldier who kills the woman he loves. In 1836 this true story inspired Georg Büchner to write the play, unfinished at his death at just twenty-three years old.

Events :: Snapdragon Virtual Workshops

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Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing offers a variety of online workshop and “popup workshops” open to the public with some accepting donations and others with set fees. Snapdragon offers a membership that includes an annual subscription to their quarterly publication, discounts on classes and workshops, members-only content, and other freebies. Upcoming workshops include “Writing the Ancestors: A Generative Online Workshop with Jacinta V. White” (July 30 & 31), “Poetry and Ritual: A Path Towards Self Awareness & Awakening with Poet, Author, & Publisher Jacinta V. White” (August 14), and “Writing & Rage: Discussion & Workshop with Jacinta White & Aginetta Mulima” (August 25). Check their website for other events and the newest issue of Snapdragon journal.