The 13th annual Taos Summer Writers' Conference is set for Sunday, July 10-Sunday, July 17, at the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center. Opening night kicks off with a buffet dinner and keynote reading by memoirist Gail Caldwell, author of the bestselling memoir about her friendship with writer Caroline Knapp, "Let's Take the Long Way Home."
Caldwell, a former staff writer and book critic for the Boston Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for distinguished criticism.
The conference, sponsored by the University of New Mexico Creative Writing Program, hosts workshops on a range of subjects, including short fiction, the novel, poetry, memoir, personal narrative, screenwriting, place and the art of the paragraph and sentence.
Available workshops include weeklong classes, master classes and weekend workshops.
Early registration is encouraged as spots fill quickly and many classes are already full. Please check Taos Summer Writer's Conference for registration details.
Renowned agents and editors will attend the conference to deliver roundtable discussions and provide individual manuscript consultations with participants. Literary agent Emma Sweeney, who represents bestselling author Sara Gruen – writer of "Like Water for Elephants" – come from New York. Agent Kit Ward come from Boston. Bobby and Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press join the conference from El Paso.
Nightly readings by published authors are free and open to the public.
Faculty for 2011 includes writers who taught at the first conference in 1999, including Jonis Agee, Pam Houston, Robert Boswell and Antonya Nelson. Other faculty include poet Denise Chavez, screenwriter Jared Bush, novelists Cristina Garcia and Porochista Khakpour, poet and activist Margaret Randall, memoirist Emily Rapp, and children's author Luci Tapahonso.
The conference's pristine setting in the Sangre de Cristo mountains has attracted participants worldwide. This year's conference draws writers from Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Denmark. Established by founding director Sharon Oard Warner, the conference emphasizes inclusivity and community through regional cultural emphasis, self-exploration and fellowships awarded annually.
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