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ach issue, IN will be updating listings to include the writing events that mean the most in both national and international writers' communities. The following listings are posted in chronological order by date.

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Dublin Writers' Festival -- The DWF runs June 16-19, featuring 40 Irish and international poets and writers in four days of readings, talks and panel discussions. Festival events will take place in the centre of Dublin city, with each day's program including a number of events presented free to the public.The DWF aims to reflect both the city's famous literary heritage and the importance of the literary arts in a rapidly changing contemporary environment. To this end, the festival presents the best of both Irish and international writing and looks forward in 2005 to another popular and critically successful program. 

Hardboiled Heroes And Cozy Cats -- The Mystery Writers of America's annual conference goes off in Houston, Texas June 17-18. Keynote Speaker: Agatha Award-winner Sarah Strohmeyer. Other speakers: Edgar Award-winner Joe R. Lansdale; Lefty Award-winner Susan McBride; Historical Mystery Novelist Laura John Rowland; and Derringer Award-winner Michael Bracken; Literary Agent Pamela Ahearn; NAL book editor Serena Jones. Saturday conference preceded by a half-day workshop on forensics art and facial reconstruction conducted by Andrea Campbell, who works with the Arkansas State Crime Lab. Short story contest, with optional critiques, $100 prize.

Weekend Crime Seminar -- Bute Writers stage a weekend seminar June 17-19 at the Ardyne Hotel on the Isle of Bute. Guest speaker is Anne Perry, well-known for her Victorian murder mysteries (the Inspector Pitt and William Monk series). The weekend will also include Scene of Crime Officers and Murder Investigation, as well as two competitions: a short story, adjudicated by crime novelist Sandra McGruther; and a crime-related article, judged by freelance writer and tutor Katy Clark. For more information and application form, email: (giving your full postal address); or telephone: Arthur on 01700-504074, or Steve on 01700-505357. Information and application forms are also available on Bute Writers website

Making The Forst 10-20 Pages Zing! -- Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, you want to grab the reader and make it impossible to put the book down. There are many ways to do this, but it does not happen by accident. Our experts will guide you through the process and illuminate the intrinsic value of your manuscript, and the best way to convey its essential quality in the first few pages. June 18, 10 am-2:30 pm. Writers Store, 2040 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. Featuring Marvin J. Wolf and Gerald Everett Jones (with his wife, actress-comedienne Georja Umano). IWOSC members $15; non-members $35 818-222-5554 or

Premio Casa de las Américas -- A gathering of Latin America's literary elite, nearly all of Latin America's great writers and essayists have attended this annual awards ceremony June 20-25. Past juries and guests of honour of this significant event include Garca Marquez, Luisa Valenzuela and Mario Benedetti. Accompanying activities include the publishing launch of prize-winning books from the previous year and the chance to acquire some of the latest publications on the literature scene, as well as literary seminars, exhibitions and concerts. Havana, Cuba +53 7 55 2706

Frontiers In Writing Conference -- Hosted by the Panhandle Professional Writers, one of the oldest writing organizations in the nation established in 1920. This two day conference is expected to have over 100 in attendance. In 2004, Frontiers in Writing was chosen by The BookSite as one of the top 100 conferences to attend. In addition to this annual conference, PPW has bi-monthly full program meetings June 24-25, Ambassador Hotel, Amarillo, Texas.

The Plot Doctor Is In! -- Pikes Peak Romance Writers presents host Carolyn Greene, The Plot Doctor's, final tour. Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Academy Hotel (formerly the Radisson), Colorado Springs (at I-25 and North Academy) 9 am - 4 pm. $60 (PPRW members)/$70 (non-members), Greene is a multi-published, award-winning author of genre-fiction. Numerous published writers, including a New York Times bestselling author, use Greene's easy-to-understand system, Price includes coffee/tea and a luncheon. Email: or

Aspen Summer Words -- The ASW in Aspen, Colorado takes place June 26-30, featuring hands-on instruction with some of today's most celebrated authors, and aspiring to support and engage all writers with an inimitable fusion of technique, art and nature. Led by acclaimed writers Robert Bausch, Robert Boswell, Elinor Lipman, Joyce Maynard, Marie Ponsot, John Romano, Daniel Glick, David Leite and Denise O'Kelly, participants can explore the written word and unearth their natural talent in the inspiring setting of Aspen and the Rocky Mountains. The Retreat allows participants to develop their writing skills in a supportive, yet rigorous atmosphere. There are opportunities for private meetings with top editors and agents. Festival speakers: Edna O'Brien, Frank McCourt, Nuala O'Faolain, Polly Devlin, Colum McCann, and many more. .

Indiana University Writers' Conference -- The IU Writers’ Conference (IUWC) welcomes 10 notable writers to the Bloomington campus June 27-July 2 for a week-long festival of readings, classes and workshops. The authors read from their work at our special Evening Reading Series at 8 p.m. At Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union.Followed by a reception with free refreshments in the IMU’s University Club. The evening readings are free and open to the public. June 27: Michael Martone (fiction/creative nonfiction) and Maureen Seaton (poetry); June 28: Thomas Glave (fiction) and Brigit Pegeen Kelly (poetry); June 29: Patricia Henley (fiction) and Karen Volkman (poetry); June 30: Terrance Hayes (poetry) and Alyce Miller (fiction). July 1): Li-Young Lee (poetry) and Jean Thompson (fiction). .

RWA Annual National Conference -- Reno, Nevada is the locale for the Romance Writers of America's 25th annual conference, July 27-30.Enhance your writing and knowledge of the ins and outs of publishing at more than 100 workshops; get the inside track and let your voice be heard at panels and round-tables featuring publishing professionals; schedule a one-on-one pitch meeting with an acquiring editor or literary agent; attend parties and network with the stars of romance fiction; and be a part of RWA's massive, 450-author strong "Readers for Life" charity book signing. And let's not forget the 2005 RITA and Golden Heart Awards.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival -- Through July 29, 130 non-credit workshops, one-week and weekend sessions in June and July, Open to writers 18 and over -- no requirements beyond the desire to write, Price $475-$500 per week and $225 per weekend. Iowa Summer Writing Festival, C215 Seashore Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000. 319-335-4160, fax: 319-335-4743

Southern Publishers and Writers Expo -- The day-long event will feature seminars, workshops, panels and readings. Various published authors are presented. August 12, 9 am- 7 pm. Free to public/vendors fee $35. Abingdon, Virginia 276-645-0301. or

Maui Writers Conference -- The 2005 MWC continues its tradition of providing an important learning resource for aspiring and professional writers alike. Bringing together a long list of best-selling authors, award- winning journalists, top editors, agents, publishers, as well as the best in screenwriting and film, the Maui conference offers writers the opportunity to meet the people who can make a difference in their writing career. Writers include John Saul, Susan Wiggs, Karen Joy Fowler, Gail Tsukiyama, and author/instructors Mike Sack, Sam Horn, John Reed, Katherine Ramsland, Nancy Holder and Elizabeth Engstrom. September 1-5. $50-$295. Wailea Marriott Resort, Maui, Hawaii 888.974-8373; 808-879-0061

Cuesta College Writers' Conference XXI -- Scheduled for Friday night and Saturday, September 16-17, in San Luis Obispo, CA, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco., the conference features 36 separate 90-minute workshops on all aspects of writing and publishing, taught by a top-notch faculty, including Catherine Ryan Hyde, Bill Johnson, Elizabeth Lyon, Lee Wardlaw, Laura Rennert, Barry Eisler, Lolly Winston, Marcia Preston and John Daniel. Participants can also enroll in our Manuscript Critique Service and submit entries to the Lillian Dean First Page Writing Competition. (805) 546-3132

Berlin International Literary Festival -- Poets and writers from all over the world read to thousands during this huge annual book festival in Berlin's city centre. Highlights include appearances by Lars Gustafsson (Sweden), Wolfgang Hilbig (Germany) and Abbas Beydoun (Lebanon), plus hundreds of stalls and a tent with live readings for both adults and children. Attracting thousands to the square with its combination of highbrow talent and vibrant festival atmosphere, the event offers an unmissable chance to hear many of the world's most celebrated poets reading for free. October 2-4, Berlin, Germany. +49 (0) 30 27 87 86 0

International Festival of Authors -- Keep an eye out here for complete information and IN coverage of Toronto, Canada's 25th annual International Festival of Authors, Canada's largest assembly of literary talent, which will feature over one hundred writers from around the world. October 19 to 29, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario. 416-973-4000.

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