Writers@Work Conference 2012, June 6 – 10

Writers@Work, an organization for independent writers that “connects Intermountain area writers to the national publishing and writing scene,” is holding its 27th Conference at Alta Lodge in the scenic Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City Utah from June 6 through June 10, 2012. Highlights of the conference include workshops, readings, and consultations with distinguished faculty.

Workshops are small, intensive, and limited to 16 participants. Led by expert, award-winning writers/teachers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, workshops will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the Conference. Workshop faculty, genres, and topics include:

  • Steve Almond (non-fiction) – I am writing to break your heart. Steve was interviewed in Superstition Review’s issue number 2;
  • Pete Fromm (multi-genre) – Beginning with the beginning
  • Bill Harley (storytelling & song writing) – Talking your story through
  • Heather McHugh, with Timothy O’Keefe (poetry) – Shapes in wordscapes: Patterns beyond prosody
  • Debra Monroe (fiction and memoir) – How details build the story shape (SOLD OUT)

Consultations are 30-minute meetings with an editor or agent who has pre-read a submitted manuscript of no more than 7000 words. The manuscript must be double-spaced and in 12-point type and must be attached (as a .doc or .pdf file) to an e-mail sent to Jennifer@writersatwork.org no later than May 25th. The attachment will be forwarded to the consultant before the Conference.  No hard-copy manuscripts will be forwarded.

Consultation faculty includes Agents Kathryn Beaumont of The Kneerim & Williams Agency (Boston, MA) and Kit Ward of The Ward & Balkin Agency (Lowell, MA) and editors Margaret Dalrymple of the University of Nevada Press (Reno, NV) and Kate Gale of Red Hen Press (Los Angeles, CA). Consultation times are limited and will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. On-site consultation with an agent or editor is $25.00.

Readings will be held each evening at 7:30 p.m. and open mike sessions for attendees will take place after lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Conference tuition without on-site lodging is $575 and includes all meals Wednesday lunch through Sunday Brunch. Conference tuition with on-site lodging is $725 and includes shared room and all meals Wednesday lunch through Sunday morning.  A single supplement of $120 will be charged for those who do not wish to share a room.  Limited dormitory accommodations, 3-4 persons to a room, are available for $675.  Rooms are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.