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Events - June
By IN House Staff
June, 2006, 04:55

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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Brown University Writers' Symposium
July 23-29, 2006.
Providence, Rhode Island
The symposium is an intensive examination of writing creative nonfiction in small, interactive workshops led by Expository Writing faculty from Brown's English Department. The goal of the workshops is to help students focus on their writing and hone their skills. Intended for the serious novice writer, the symposium will provide a focused environment where students are immersed in their writing projects while receiving the stimulation and coaching necessary to achieve a high standard of writing. Course Fee: $980.00; Application Fee: $25; Residential Housing Fee: $740.00; Non-Residential Student Campus Fee: $75.00

7 Day Wonder Holidays: The Pleasure of Creativity – A Week of Creative Writing
August 19-26, 2006.
La Maison Verte, Languedoc, France
Author Charles Palliser leads a week of Writing Workshops in a winegrower's mansion in France. The week includes seminars, one-to-one tutorials on work in progress, time for your own writing and free time to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere. The goal of the workshops is to provide stimulation and inspiration for existing or new stories. The cost is £599 per person and includes 15+ hours of tuition, single accommodation, and meals.

The Whole Writer: The Basic Workshop
August 26-27, 2006.
Fifth House Lodge, 535 South Bridgton Road, Bridgton, ME 04009
This basic workshop, teaches how to bring your whole self to the writing process – how to be in spontaneous and imaginative relationship to your experience. The workshop aims to increase your capacity to observe, discover, and invent. Writing sessions are interspersed with ample breaks. The cost is $325.00 and includes semi-private accommodations and four meals.

The Creative Writer's Workshop – Writer's Retreat: Memoir, Myth, and Legend
September 5-7, 2006.
Glendalough Valley, Wicklow, Ireland
The Glendalough Valley is steeped in myth and legend with spectacular ancient forests, lakes, and monastic ruins. This workshop aims to unblock creativity and help you discover your unique writing voice with simple and fun exercises, drawing upon your imagination as you learn the elements of story and express your creativity through writing personal memoir, fiction, and poetry. The cost of €320 euros Includes writing workshops in the Glendalough Hotel and visits to ancient sites in the Glendalough Valley.

The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
November 10-13, 2006.
The Round House, 68 Van Nuys Road, Colrain, Massachusetts
The workshops of this conference provide intensive focus on manuscript preparation (ordering, revising, and swapping out poems), and then poets meet one-on-one with the decision-makers: poetry press editors from several established area presses. Prior to the conference, and following registration, poets will be given pre-conference assignments. Following successful application, the registration fee for the conference is $695 until October 23. This includes the conference fee, workshop tuition, and materials; lodging for four nights; and three meals per day plus snacks and beverages.

PenDancer Alliance: 2006 Winter Writers Workshop
November 18, 2006.
Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth Street Pekin, IL 61554
Writers will learn and perfect their writing skill, under the tutelage of acknowledged experts. The full-day's workshop is $30 and includes two meals.

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Abroad Writers Conference
June 23-30, 2006.
Basilica of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume in Provence, France.
This is a self-dubbed literary festival of the arts where participants will encounter accomplished actors, authors, playwrights, producers, and screenwriters. Package pricing ranges from $2,750.00 to $3,250.00. Buffet breakfast and dinner with wine are included. 10% discount if paid in full by March 23. There is also separate pricing for workshop-day attendance and attendance at the conference with out participating in the workshops.

Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC)
30 different workshops with top authors and agents, speakers, panels, late-night critique sessions, dinners and receptions, opportunities to pitch your ideas. June 23-30, 2006. Pricing: early bird $595, $795 regular includes all opening & closing dinners & awards breakfast. Doubletree Hotel lodging $199/night. Weekend intensives: $295 includes workshop only. Bestselling authors Erica Jong and Jewell Parker Rhodes join Ray Bradbury and playwright Nilo Cruz at the 2006 summer conference."

Manhattanville Summer Writers' Week
June 26-30, 2006. Purchase, New York. Writers from across the country gather at Manhattanville College each summer for the school's annual week-long writing conference. During Writer's Week, participants spend the mornings in workshops with well-known, published authors, focusing on fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, children's/young adult literature, and the art of the profile. Five 3-hour morning workshops in a particular genre. Afternoons include special workshops, readings, session with editors & agents. $695.00 for the week.

National Society of Newspaper Columnists Convention
Location: TBA
Boston, MA
June 29, 2006 - July 02, 2006
The 30th Annual Meeting of the NSNC comes to Boston next year! Plan a star-spangled July 4 vacation with your family!. Kicking up July 4 fireworks, celebrated columnists and writers will be present to share what made them revolutionary in their field. Discuss the following topics with your fellow collegues: The Conference, The Columns, The Ethics, The Syndication, The Website Marketing of Newspaper Journalists.

The Paris Writers' Workshop
July 2-7, 2006.
Paris, France.
Writers in Residence include: Vivian Gornick, Creative Non-fiction; Lynne Sharon Schwartz, The Novel; Jason Shinder, Poetry; Ellen Sussman, Short Story. Registration deadline is June 1. The cost of PWW is 600.00 Euros, but if you register before May 17, you can receive a 100.00 Euro discount.

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
July 8-14, 2006.
Taos, New Mexico.
Experienced writers and those just starting out are all welcome at this conference. Participants can choose from weekend or week-long workshops. Various events, workshops, and master classes are offered. $275.00 will cover the weekend workshop, while $550.00 will get you the week-long workshop.

The Fourth Annual Tin House Summer Writers Workshop
July 9-16, 2006.
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
The editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books host this weeklong intensive of workshops, panels, and readings. Special guests include Lorrie Moore and Michael Ondaatje. For $950.00 to $1, 100.00, you can enjoy the morning workshops, afternoon seminars and panels, and evening readings. Add meals and lodging for $550.00. One-on-one mentorships are also offered for an additional $750.00 to $1,000.00.

2006 Juniper Creek Writers' Conference
July 14-16, 2006. $225.00 Early bird registration May 15 for $50.00 discount. Carson City, Nevada. Focusing on Autobiography/memoir, Children's, Fiction, Journalism, Marketing, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing, Screenwriting, Travel, and Young adult this fun, informative, affordable three-day event is presented at the Western Nevada Community College. Includes Afghan-American memoirist, Tamim Ansary; poets Lola Haskins and Bill Cowee; best selling YA verse novelist Ellen Hopkins; authors Deborah Nourse Lattimore, Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Kemper; Simon & Schuster editor Ryan Harbidge; literary agent Andrea Brown and others. For details:

The Why It's Great Writing Workshop and Retreat
July 16-21, 2006.
White Mountains, New Hampshire.
The underlying philosophy of the six-day retreat is, "Great writing is the melding of great technique with great heart." To advance participants' appreciation and understanding of great writing, acknowledged masterworks and participants' pieces are studied in various group sessions. It is $185.00 to attend.

Margaret Irby Writing Workshops In Italy: This workshop offers a warm and non-competitive atmosphere in which to nurture your creativity. The beauty of the environment will inspire you. The activities and comradeship will stimulate you. The writing exercises are hilariously fun. And I promise that as we throw away the concept of product and concentrate on process you’ll be amazed at what you will have accomplished by the end of the week! July 20 - 26, 2006 $1,500 includes lodging, breakfasts, daily yoga class. Focuses on Fiction, Autobiography/memoir, Playwriting, and Screenwriting.

The 2006 Backspace Writers Conference (July 21 & 22, New York City, Algonquin Hotel) brings together 14 top literary agents, 9 editors, 5 New York Times best-selling authors, and many other publishing professionals for a two-day, two-track event in the heart of the publishing world. Keynote speakers are Sara Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of Publishers Weekly and Richard Curtis, top literary agent and long-time author advocate. Panels, workshops, and pitch sessions round out the program. Hour-long mixers each afternoon (refreshments included) afford plenty of time to mix and mingle with program participants, as does the awards banquet at The Algonquin Hotel Friday night. For more information, visit the conference website at or write to Karen Dionne at or Christopher Graham, 

Squaw Valley Community of Writers, located in the California Sierra Nevada, hold their 2006 Summer Writing Workshop for Poets, (July 22-29), Fiction and Narrative NonFiction (August 5-12) and The Screenwriting Workshop (August 5-12). Workshops include changing of writing patterns, breaking old habits, and developing deeper meaning in your writing. Each morning the work from the previous day is read amongst the other attendees, afternoons are intended for discussion and exchange of ideas. Prices range from $250-$575.00. For details visit

37th Annual Willamette Writer’s Conference
Portland, Oregon, August 4-6, 2006. Willamette Writers, the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest in the U.S., is celebrating its 41st anniversary with an exciting and inspiring conference featuring more than 70 workshops taught by accomplished authors, experts and decision makers. Whether you write self-help books, historic fiction, blockbuster Hollywood scripts, mysteries, romance, magazine articles, sci-fi, plays, children's books, humor, or simply need help marketing yourself as a professional, you'll find helpful guidance and keen insights. Workshop topics include fiction, non-fiction, film & TV, manuscript editing, publishing, pitching, research and business. Over 60 authors, consultants, literary agents & editors plus film producers, managers and agents will be on hand to listen to your ideas. $395.00/3 days includes meals, $195.00/1 day.

Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College
August 7-11, 2006. Milton, Massachusetts. Writing from the Core and The Nine Month Memoir $995.00 each; Advanced Memoir $1,395.00. Curry College offers a number of comprehensive and insightful institutes through the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies. The Blue Hills Writing Institute has 3 workshop concentrations: Writing from the Core, The Nine Month Memoir and Advanced Memoir.

The Writer's Journey Retreat
August 8-14, 2006.
Commonweal Retreat Center in Northern California
Lead by Laura Davis, each day will consist of whole group meetings, time for individual pursuits, writing in small groups, and afternoon reading circles. You can also join the daily half-hour meditations sessions. The cost is $1, 500.00 for the retreat including room and board for singles or $1,2500.00 for a double. Registration is limited to twenty-two participants.

Fiction Writing Workshop In Ireland
Aug 12-18, 2006.
Anam Cara Retreat, Ireland.
Gordon Grant will lead writers in a workshop limited to 12 participants and focused on the novel and short story. During the workshop, participants will examine Faulkener, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway's voices and contributions to literature. 1,175.00 Euros for tuition, lodging, meals, and excursions.

Cappela 2006 Summer Writers' Retreat
Aug 12-18, 2006.
Ellenton, Florida.
Take a week off from your usual grind and join us at The DaySpring Center, just outside Ellenton, Florida, on the Manatee River. The setting is rural, serene and private. Each participant will have a private room and we will have a meeting room for our group activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Total cost $975.00 Please let us know by May 1st if you plan to be with us.

Mansfield Plantation Writers' Workshops
August 23-30, 2006.
Georgetown, South Carolina
Small workshops of 6 to 15 attendees will be held in the mornings and in the afternoons. There will also be opportunities for question-and-answer sessions, individual consultations, and excursions. For $1, 375.00 (plus 10% sales tax for accommodation), you can experience four days and five nights of workshops, lodging, plantation breakfasts, snacks and drinks.

Yosemite Writers Conference
August 25-27, 2006.
Yosemite National Park, California
Book and magazine editors from Writer's Digest, Atlantic Monthly, Hyperion, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, as well as literary agents and a writing competition are featured at this weekend conference. The fee of $350.00 gets you into the conference, but does not include lodging. An additional $30.00 will secure a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor.

Beijing International Book Fair
Beijing, China
August 30 - September 2, 2006
The Beijing International Book Fair has been held successfully for 8 sessions since it started in 1986 and the exposition of the year 2000 had developed into a large-scale international book fair with an exhibiting area of 26,000 square meters with publishing units from 40 countries or regions participated and 0.12 million visitors attended. From the year 2002 and on, Beijing International Book Fair will be held once each year and the electronical audio-video publications will be added to it.

Maui Writers Conference
September 1-4, 2006.
Wailea Marriott, Maui, Hawaii
During the 4-day conference, participants will enjoy workshops on literary, commercial fiction, nonfiction, self-publishing, poetry, and screenwriting. Other presentations include keynote speeches, open-mike readings, one-on-one consultations with agents and editors. Conference fees range from $395.00 to $695.00

Writing, Creativity and Ritual: Samasati Retreat Center for Women. Write and Create in the Costa Rican Rainforest -- Let Nature Inspire You! Each day, we share a three-hour workshop where we "mine" first draft material for the "jewels" that hold the heart of the story. We use "what ifs" and "what happens next" of story telling and other techniques of the short story, novel and fictionalized non-fiction. This retreat focuses on Autobiography/memoir, Children's, Fiction, Humor, and Young adult writing. $3,150-$4,100 includes private room, meals, planned excursions. $200 earlybird discount. Sep 24 - Oct 6, 2006. For booking details email Emily Hanlon

Express Yourself . . . Authors' Conference
September 29 to October 1, 2006.
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
This 3-day conference offers opportunities for seminars, workshops, panels, networking, and one-on-one consultations. A broad range of genres are addressed. The fee of $639.00 includes meals, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a one-on-one consultation with the presenter of choice.

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference
Experience two days of literary inspiration on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. Thirty-two individual workshops are presented by noted authors, educators, and trade professionals who will share their secrets, talents and literary visions. Edmonds, Washington, 15 miles N of Seattle on Puget Sound. $125.00/2 days ($104.00 early bird), $68.00/1 day. October 7 & 8, 2006. Pre-conference workshops available October 6, 2006

16th Annual Flathead River Writers Conference: Located in Kalispell, Montana. October 13 to 15, 2006 $180 ($150 earlybird) for weekend conference, includes continental breakfast & lunch. $460 for 3- day workshops & weekend conference. Lodging, which is additional, is available at conference site or nearby. This conference focuses on Children's, Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Publishing, Screenwriting, Young adult writing. For more information e-mail:

Glorieta Christian Writers Conference October 11-15, 2006
Located fifteen minutes (18 miles) from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and 75 miles from Albuquerque.
The heart of the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference is the comprehensive classes. Choose specific topics of interest from seven different options. During the conference, you will receive six hours of hands-on training, coaching and encouragement from one of our Professional Writers. Panel discussions include a variety of experts with diverse opinions addressing all the sides of an issue on writing for magazines, the pros and cons of book publishing, and the importance of marketing and agents--one topic each day. Prices range from $130 for two to a room for four nights with two meals a day to just under $400 for premium private room and three meals a day.

27th annual International Festival of Authors
October 18-28, 2006
The IFOA will bring together the best Canadian and international writers to Toronto’s waterfront for readings, interviews, talks and round table discussions. The Festival provides booklovers with the unique opportunity to hear and meet their favourite authors and discover exciting new talent.

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