Back to School at Wesleyan
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If it’s been on your bucket list to go back to college as an adult, here’s your chance. Many of us have heard of the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and assumed it was a secret society of Pulitzer and Booker prize winners, but no! The program is open to anyone who has an interest in writing, whether you’re a published novelist or have dreams of becoming one. It’s been on the back of my mind for years. A four-day immersion might just inspire me to put the book in my head on paper, but I figured I’d at least have to have a manuscript STARTED. Oh, and then there is the intimidation factor (I’m a BLOGGER, after all). But I rang up the director, Anne Greene, for more information and I’m so glad I did.
First myth busted: the conference is comprised of seminars, not workshops, so you don’t have to read your work. Having participated in a few writing workshops, that was my biggest fear. Instead, participants can pick and choose from sessions on various genres (fiction, poetry, memoir, short story, for example) and learn from experts in the field. If you already have a manuscript, you’ll have the added bonus of setting up a one-to-one with a faculty member (you’ll have to submit your sample before the conference). Looking to find out more about how to get your work to print? Literary agents and book publishers will be on hand to walk you through the process. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time to write, talk with other writers, and make a bunch of new like-minded friends. If you can’t swing the four-day commitment, you can dip your toe in the water with a One Day Festival on 6/17. Oh, and that guy next to you might just be Colson Whitehead.
Dates: June 14 through June 18, 2017.
Price: Conference tuition is $850, includes four days of sessions and panels, cocktail hour, evening readings and use of the Wesleyan gym. Optional meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are $275. Campus housing is available in a new dorm with single rooms and air conditioning for Wednesday through Saturday nights: $170.
Find everything you need to know, including schedule and staff on the website: www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference.
Email Anne for more info (she’s lovely!): firstname.lastname@example.org