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By IN House Staff
May, 2005, 13:17

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.

Post your events, free!, and let others know about happenings that you feel are worthwhile for writers to attend. To list your event, please use the form found at the bottom of this page.

First Coastal Writers' Conference -- The First Coast Writers' Festival is sponsored by Florida Community College, Deerwood Center. It will be held at The Sea Turtle Inn in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Seminars, workshops, one-on-one sessions with authors, agents and editors are featured. Over 30 festival presenters, including Steve Berry, Laura Parker Castoro, Andrei Codrescu, S.V. Date, Connie May Fowler, Amy Gash, Lenore Hart, Gerald Hausman, William Least Heat-Moon, Sandra Kitt, Victoria Laurie, Ian Mairs, Bob Mayer, Jim McCarthy, David Poyer, Rita Rosenkranz, Katharine Sands, Leslie Schwartz, David Hale Smith, Stella Suberman, Sophie Wadsworth, David Zuckerman, and more! For more information, call 904.977.2669 or visit

Writers At the U.T. Club -- Writers' League of Texas will celebrate Writers At the U.T. Club on Thursday, May 19, at the U.T. Austin Club in the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium, 2108 Robert Dedman Drive. Please note this event replaces the regularly scheduled monthly program at Barnes and Noble Westlake. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature: Carlotta Hamilton, Badgerdog Literary Publishing’s "Promising Young Writer” from their "Voices in Ink" writing program; and Elizabeth Moon, (Florence), Marine Corps veteran and author of Sandra Kitt, Victoria Laurie, Ian Mairs, Bob Mayer, Jim McCarthy, David Poyer, Rita Rosenkranz, Katharine Sands, Leslie Schwartz, David Hale Smith, Stella Suberman, Sophie Wadsworth, David Zuckerman, and more! For more information, call 904.977.2669 or visit

Celebrating The Black Voice -- Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center (FDCAC) presents its 32nd Celebrating The Black Voice Festival at Symphony Space, May 21-22. S. Epatha Merkerson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stanley Nelson, Amiri Baraka and Stanley Crouch are among the many artists scheduled to attend. For information and tickets, call the FDCAC at (212) 864-3375 or Symphony Space at (212) 864-5400 or

Sydney Writers' Festival -- Whether it's pulp fiction or highbrow literary discourse, writing from around the world is celebrated at Sydney's annual literature festival, centred around a programme of events at Wharf 4/5. Writers and participants in previous years have travelled from as far afield as Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and USA with, of course, plenty of home-grown talent as well.
Keep an eye on the festival website for breaking news about this year's packed programme of events. May 23-29. +61 (0) 2 9252 7729, fax:+61 (0) 2 9252 7735. Email . Ground Floor, 10 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, New South Wales, 2000, Australia.

Ireland Heartland Creative Writing Workshop -- Write and travel in this ancient land with Pat Schneider and Máire O'Donohoe, in Reclaoming Our Own Voices. Pat Schneider and Máire O’Donohoe have led and co-led workshops in Ireland regularly since 1989 (in Sligo, Dublin, Galway, Cork) and Pat has led a workshop at Limavady College in Northern Ireland. 7 PM on Friday, June 3 to Monday, June 6, ending mid-afternoon. The $500 cost covers all writing sessions (averaging six hours a day) and guided tours into the surrounding countryside of the County of Meath. A non-refundable deposit of Euro 130 (about $200 at time of this writing) secures a place. Bookings cannot be made through email. Send it by air mail, please. At St. Columban's College, Dalgan Park, county of Meath, Ireland. Contact Máire O'Donohoe: or by telephone 011-353-21–35 7249.

Sue Longsdorf -- The Pikes Peak Romance Writers presents Longsdorf speakingon Art and Body Language. Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm. Community Room of the Falcon Police Station 7850 Goddard Street Colorado Springs, CO.

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

The 2005 Backspace Writers Conference -- The BWC brings together best-selling authors, top agents, and editors for an afternoon of panel discussions and socializing in the heart of the publishing world at the same time as one of publishing's major events: Book Expo America. Serious writers in all genres are invited to come meet the people who can make a difference in their writing career apart from the BEA crowds in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere (attendance is limited to the first 75 registrants). June 2 from 1-6 pm at the Park South Hotel. 122 E 28th Street) in New York City. Details regarding the program can be found at the conference website:

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. Editors, agents and writers who will explore in-depth how to write successful novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. Houston, Texas. (281) 221-6503.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival -- From June 12 to 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

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.

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.

Sarasota Writing Seminar -- Monthly seminars, each focusing on specific aspects of the craft of writing, with presenter Patrika Vaughn, your Author's Advocate 10 am-3 pm (with an hour off for lunch). $45. Mennonite Church, Myrtle and Bayshore Dr., Sarasota, FL 941 351 2050 email:

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