Conversations and Connections Conference

The organizers of Conversations and Connections are pleased to announce that the conference is coming back, bigger and better than ever, in 2011. This year’s conference will be held on April 16 in the same location—the Washington, DC campus of Johns Hopkins University, just off DuPont Circle.

A list of the workshops and panels that will be available on the website but include Matt Bell, Michael Kimball, Matt Kirkpatrick, Dylan Landis, Tara Laskowski, Susan McCallum-Smith, Susan Muaddi-Darraj, and more! As always, we’ve got a wide variety of offerings for writers of all levels. Options this time around include craft discussions on writing ethnicity, flash fiction, experimental fiction, prosetry, repetition, the poetic sentence, writing criticism, and the inimitable One Hour MFA, plus panel discussions on debut authors and how they got there, social marketing, writing cross-genre, small versus large presses, and more.

Meet reps from Baltimore Review, Barrelhouse, Big Lucks, Chesapeake Reader, The Collagist, Emprise Review, Everyday Genius, Gettysburg Review, JMWW, Moon Milk Review, Necessary Fiction, Noo Journal, Potomac Review, and Smokelong Quarterly!

We’re also pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Steve Almond, author the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the novel Which Brings Me to You (with Julianna Baggott), and the nonfiction books Candyfreak, (Not That You Asked), and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.

Mark the date on your calendar! That’s April 16, 2011. Registration is only $65 and includes the full day conference, a subscription to a literary magazine, a book (you choose from one of the four featured books, and one “speed dating with editors” session. For more information, go here.

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