THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN WHO WRITE CONFERENCE
September 28, 2013
AM Workshop: Logic For Poets
Many years ago I heard Tess Gallagher describe contemporary poems as “flat-footed” and “too full of sunlight.” Prose logic is an enormous contributing factor of that flat-footedness as well as of a blindingly inhibitive earnestness. Our workshop will explore methods of leaving prose logic behind, of finding techniques that open a poem up to do what a poem does best: mean more than it says. We’ll work with dream logic, association, juxtaposition, compression, and alignment; we’ll leave our comfort zones and habits of logic behind to create poems that make room for both meaningful shadow and consequence.
Renée Ashley is the author of five volumes of poetry, two chapbooks and a novel. She is poetry editor of The Literary Review and is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s two low-residency graduate programs, the MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators. Her awards include the Charles Angoff Award, an American Literary Review Poetry Prize, the Chelsea Poetry Award, and the Robert H. Winner Award. A portion of her poem “First Book of the Moon” is etched in marble in Penn Station Terminal in Manhattan, part of a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland.
PM Workshop: Charging the World
Our great American Poet, Walt Whitman reminds us that “the mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange.” In this workshop I’ll present examples of poems thatcharge the every-day world around us with meaning. We will also discuss how this deep exploration of the particular world leads us to the transformational shared experience of art and one of the most human of traits, empathy. We will consider and generate poetry that allows us to share universal experiences through the individual lens.
Sean Nevin is the author of Oblivio Gate (Southern Illinois University Press) and A House That Falls (Slapering Hol Press). His honors include a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry and two fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He directs the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.
AM Workshop: Trimming the Fat and Refining your voice
7 exercises to pump up your prose
Barbara Poelle, literary agent, began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Irene Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, historical romances, humorous/platform driven non-fiction, and upmarket fictiion. She is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice. Barbara has a very hands-on approach with the craft and editorial details of the books she represents, and loves working with her clients to take their writing to the next level.
PM Workshop: Powerful Plots:
How to Structure a Narrative that Keeps Readers Turning the Pages
This workshop will focus on the structure that powerful narratives share. Tension escalates as the protagonist moves through a series of choices that force him or her to draw deeply on inner reserves. The climax occurs when the protagonist must make a final, defining choice. No matter what genre of fiction workshop participants write, they will learn how to construct tighter, more meaningful plots that pull readers forward and linger in readers’ memories. Hands-on activities will help participants find and strengthen the narrative spine in their own projects and enhance suspense and reader involvement.
Peggy Ehrhart is the author of the Maxx Maxwell mystery series, published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature and taught for thirty years at the college level. She is a former chair of the mentor program run by the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America, a program in which published mystery writers critique material submitted by unpublished writers. She is now president of Sisters in Crime New York/TriState. WWW.PeggyEhrhart.com
AM Workshop: So Your Character Walks Into a Plot Hole
And Other Common Traps to Avoid in your Middle Grade and YA Manuscripts.
Brett Wright, Associate Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Brett works on children’s books for all ages, from picture books through YA. At Bloomsbury, he has edited the Athlete vs. Mathlete series, two novels-in-verse, a YA Shakespearean novel, and the forthcoming middle-grade series, Dance Divas. He’s also worked with authors like Jessica Day George, Sarah J. Maas, Shannon Hale, and Nick Lake. He’s particularly interested in contemporary stories with a fresh perspective that include loads of heart, humor, and magic. Above all else, he’s looking for relatable characters with an irresistible voice and a strong hook. He is probably not the best match for high fantasy concepts.
BRETT WRIGHT WILL BE JOINED BY LIZA KAPLAN FOR A FIRST PAGES SESSION AFTER HIS TALK
Liza Kaplan, Editor, joined Philomel in February of this year, after having spent two years at Dutton Children's Books under the mentorship of Julie Strauss-Gabel, and three prior years at DK Publishing. At Dutton, Liza was fortunate to work on such critically acclaimed projects as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, the Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie, and the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham. At Philomel, Liza is focused on literary fiction with commercial appeal, across YA and middle grade, with a sprinkling of picture books as well. Liza is on the lookout for standout writing, distinct POV/narrative voice, and emotionally compelling stories. She’s particularly eager to find realistic YA with an edge—literary in tone and style but accessible. She’s drawn to darker, complex themes time and again; character-driven stories of real teens going through life-altering experiences, both contemporary and historical. In middle grade, Liza loves contemporary stories with just a touch of fantasy/magic (kids dealing with real-world problems in a world that's not always real), sci fi, horror, and also humor. As with YA, she’s again looking for really superb writing and emotionally transformative journeys.
PM Workshop: Picture Books: How to Perfect
the Most Critical Craft Elements and What Is Selling Today.
LAURA BIAGI joined the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc. (JVNLA) in 2009. She is actively building her client list, seeking young readers' books (including picture books, young adult, and middle grade) as well as adult literary fiction. She is particularly interested in young readers' books that have magical tinges to them, cultural themes, strong voices, and vivid writing. She loves books that incorporate high concept, dark/edgy, and quirky elements, and especially titles that challenge the way we typically view the world. Laura also handles the sale of Australian and New Zealand rights for the agency, and she coordinates the submission of JVNLA's titles internationally. Laura studied creative writing and anthropology at Northwestern University, and she is the recipient of a Kentucky Emerging Artist Award in fiction writing. She grew up in a small town in Kentucky and maintains a fondness for Southern biscuits and unobstructed views of the stars. http://www.jvnla.com/, https://twitter.com/LauraJBiagi
LAURA BIAGI WILL BE JOINED BY LIZA KAPLAN FOR A FIRST PAGES SESSION AFTER HER TALK
SELF PUBLISHING/E-PUBLISHING PANEL
eBooks 101: an Author's Toolbox for Digital Publishing
Jita Fumich represents traditional and urban fantasy, romance, YA, and women's fiction at Folio Literary Management. As the agency’s Digital Rights Manager, Jita also helps Folio authors with both original and backlist material self-publish or work with ePublishers. She holds a B.A. from NYU and has worked with the editorial department at Berkley and with digital products at Macmillan.
Daniel Nayeri is the author of Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow. Kirkus called it, "Provocative and deeply satisfying," while Bookpage named it "a delightful amalgam of the high and the low, the silly and the sublime." In addition to his writing, Daniel is the digital editorial director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Children's Group. Before that, he was a professional pastry chef.
Third Annual Women Who Write Conference
Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
25 Cook Ave
Madison, New Jersey 07940