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2005 Events
Year five of the new millennium stands to be a literary blockbuster, and IN's comprehensive listings section is the place to trace festivals, conferences and readings happening across the globe
By  IN House Staff

ach issue, IN will be updating listings to include the writing events that mean the most in both national and international writers' communities. Post your own events and let others know about happenings that you feel are worthwhile to attend. To list your own event, email with the "subject" Writing Event to

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.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival -- For five days in March, New Orleans pays tribute to the great American dramatist Tennessee Williams. The festival celebrates his work with a series of talks, readings and panel discussions by national and regional scholars. The programme also includes theatrical performances, literary walking tours, music and a book fair. March 30-April 3. $145-$500. New Orleans Convention Centre, 900 Convention Centre Blvd, New Orleans, LA, USA. 1-800-965-4827

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 1-888.974-8373; 808-879-0061

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. Like every festival in the city, the Internationales Literaturfestival has an avowedly international outlook. 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. Berlin, Germany. +49 (0) 30 27 87 86 0

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. Past juries and guests of honour of this significant event include Garca Mrquez, 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

San Francisco Writers Conference -- Want to become a better writer? Ready to write a book, polish a manuscript and become a published author. Looking for a literary agent? If you have a passion for writing, the San Francisco Writers Conference is the best place to develop your talent and begin a serious career as a writer. This annual event balances the craft of writing and principles of publishing in an information-packed weekend in the heart of San Francisco. The conference boasts an outstanding faculty bursting with best selling authors, respected literary agents and top publishing professionals. Attendees have access to over 40 "how-to" sessions and writing workshops taught by authors you know and love. Keynotes, celebrity book signings and social gatherings with other writers add to the excitement of the event. $395-$495. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street 866-862-7392

Black Writers' Conference -- Black Professionals Consortium of Houston presents the BWC June 3-5. Whether you're a beginning writer or a published professional, this conference is designed to help every writer at every writing level. Improve your writing skills, develop your marketing awareness, and meet writing professionals who can facilitate publishing careers. Join us to meet and learn from editors, agents and writers who will explore in-depth how to write successful novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. Houston, Texas. (281) 221-6503.

Kentucky Writers Conference -- The 2005 conference features Kentucky writers and their work. Some of the Kentucky Literary Award nominees will participate in writing workshops, readings, and special presentations. Sessions will take place on the campus of Bowling Green Community College (WKU South Campus) and is open to high school students, WKU students and the general public. Price: TBA April 14-15, 2005, Bowling Green, KY, USA.1-800-8011777 or 745-0088

Northrop Frye International Literary Festival -- The 2005 Festival will feature native and aboriginal writers from Canada, the United States, Central America, and New Zealand, as well as non-native writers from Canada, the U.S., England and France. The native and aboriginal writers will include some who work primarily in English and others who work primarily in French. Musical and dance performances from various native traditions will be part of the Festival and there will be at least one round table discussion on a theme directly relevant to native culture. April 20-24. Open to the public, in schools, cafes, an stages around the Moncton, New Brunswick area. 1-877-892-8400 or 506-859-4389.

ASU Writers Conference -- The 2nd annual  Arizona State University Writers Conference features authors Stephen J. Cannell, John Nichols, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrienne Rich and many more conducting readings, leading workshops and sitting on panel discussions. $50-$325. March 9-12, 2005 Arizona State Main Campus (480) 965-6018

Bath Literature Festival -- Bath Festivals Trust annually presents Bath Literature Festival, and Bath International Music Festival. In addition the Trust operates Creative Factory a ground breaking music project for young people, and the Babel Project offering Literature and Visual Arts for young people. February 26 and March 6 . Price: TBA

Writers' Conference SDSU 2005 -- The 10th annual Writers' Conference at San Diego State University, is one of the largest on the west coast. Have your manuscript read by editors from this country's major publishing houses and meet with them in-person to review your work! $355-$475 January 21-23. Doubletree Hotel in San Diego's Famous Mission Valley. (619) 594-2517

2005 ASJA Writers Conference -- Open to all, the 2005 ASJA Writers Conference features a Breaking Into Print track, with topics for newer writers, and a Business Of Writing track for more experienced pros. Other exciting, new panels and workshops will enrich you no matter where you are in your writing career. Price: TBA April 16-17. Grand Hyatt Hotel 42nd and Grand Central Station New York, NY

PWA Annual Writers' Conference -- The Peninsula Writers Association Conference Committee is hard at work planning the 2005 conference. Check website for more details. April 29th, 30th & May 1st 2005 Gig Harbor, Washington at the Inn At Gig Harbor

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