Conference

 

Woodhall Press Writers Conference

 

 

Theme: Renewal and Rewriting 

Date: August 21, 2021 (all times EST)

 

Save the date for this online Writers Conference hosted and organized by Woodhall Press. Join us for small workshops with top-notch instructors, enlightening panels on vital topics, keynote speeches by inspiring writers, and networking interactions that will help you expand your artistic community. Watch this space for more information about presenters and instructors, and links for registration. As an independent publisher of independent writers, the Woodhall Press Writers Conference aims to discover and support emerging writers. 

9:00 Welcoming Keynote - Gina Barreca

 

Gina Barreca has appeared, often as a repeat guest, on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and, yes, on Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, It’s Not That I’m Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Gina is the editor of Fast Funny Women.

 

Called “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.”

10:00 Workshop - part 1
  • Join a small workshop with other writers. Your work will be read by your fellow writers, who will give you valuable feedback, and vice versa. Each workshop is led by a skilled instructor.

    • Prose Writing with Eugenia Kim

    • Live Editing with Allison Williams

    • Introduction to Short Forms 

    • Poetry

11:00 Panel Discussion: The Future of Writing
  • This panel discussion will feature experts who are at the leading edge of current transformations in creating and delivering content.

12:00 Lunch / Writing Time
  • Spend this time digesting everything you've heard this morning, and digesting a good meal!

1:00 Guided Networking
  • Participate in short format, topic-driven conversations with total strangers. Just like at a conference IRL.

2:00 Workshop - part 2
  • Join a small workshop with other writers. Your work will be read by your fellow writers, who will give you valuable feedback, and vice versa. Each workshop is led by a skilled instructor.

    • Prose Writing with Eugenia Kim

    • Live Editing with Allison Williams

    • Introduction to Short Forms with Darien Gee

    • Poetry

3:00 Panel 2 - Book Pitch
  • Following a popular reality show format, contestants will be asked to pitch their book to agents and Woodhall Press editors.

4:00 Closing Keynote

Allison K Williams has edited and coached writers to publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, St. Martin’s Press and Black Rose as well as hybrid and independent presses. She’s guided essayists and humorists to publication in media including the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Refinery29, Brevity, Hippocampus, the Belladonna and TED Talks. Her book Seven Drafts: : Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book will be published in September 2021.

A popular and lively speaker, Allison has appeared at writing conferences, literary festivals, and workshops around the world. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with weekly blogs on craft and the writing life. As a memoirist, essayist, playwright and travel journalist, Allison has written craft, culture and comedy essays for National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction,  McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Kenyon Review Online, the Prairie Schooner blog, the Drum and Brevity.

Allison’s fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres, Smokelong Quarterly and Deep South, and her travel stories in Travelers’ Tales and Flash Nonfiction Funny. Her plays include the Heidemann Award finalist Miss Kentucky and the London Fringe Best Of Fringe winner, TRUE STORY as well as several scripts widely produced in high schools. Her radio trilogy, Dead Men Don’t Carry Handbags, Dead Men Don’t Jaywalk, and Dead Men Don’t Catch Bouquets aired on National Public Radio’s All Ears Theatre. 

4:30? Departure Networking
  • We'll leave the Zoom on while you IM goodbyes to your workshop friends!

 

Registration information will be posted here when it is available. Watch this space!

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