Middle Tennessee Writers' Conference
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State University
Sponsored by The Writer's Loft
James Union Building at the Bell Street light off of Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Registration is now closed. We look forward to meeting many of you there.
Kevin Wilson, author The Family Fang.
New York Times Bestseller
Top Ten Fiction Books of 2011, TIME , Esquire,
People , Kirkus Reviews, Booklist
Selected by Amazon and Barnes and Noble for Best Books of 2011 Lists
Optioned for a Major Motion Picture starring Nicole Kidman
Holly Tucker, author of Pregnant Fictions and Blood Work.
Blood Work was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science and Technology,
Best Book of 2011 by the Times Literary Supplement and the Seattle Times , Honorable
Mention in the general nonfiction category from the American Society of Journalists
Claudia Barnett teaches playwriting, modern drama, and Women Who Kill at Middle Tennessee
State University. 2012 Distinguished Creative Activity Award, 2013 Outstanding Honors
Faculty Award. She's recently served as resident playwright at Tennessee Repertory
Theatre and at Chicago's Stage Left Theatre. No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily
Dickinson's Sister, inspired by the story of 19th-century murderess Kate Stoddard,
will premiere at Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland, in November 2013. I Love You Terribly:
Six Plays is published by Carnegie Mellon UP (2012).
Bill Brown is the author of five collections of poems, three chapbooks and a textbook.
Writer of the Year 2011 by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. A Scholar at Bread loaf
and a Fellow at VCCA. Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Southern Humanities
Review, Potomac Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review,
Tar River Poetry, Smartish Pace, Rattle, West Branch, Borderlands, The Literary Review,
Linda Busby Parker. Linda has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University,
Iowa State University, and the University of South Alabama. She is the author of two
college-level textbooks. Her novel, Seven Laurels, was published in April 2004 by
SEMO press (Southeast Missouri University Press). Seven Laurels (under the title The
Sum of Augusts) won the 2002 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Linda is a well-known
speaker in the region, as well as being a mentor with The Writer's Loft.
Tuition includes all five speakers, dinner and snacks. Lunch on own.
9:30-10 Registration and coffee
10:15-11:15 Bill Brown (poet)—The Story of Your Life
"John Barth said, 'The story of your life is not your life; it's your story.' Poets
and non-fiction writers, come armed with pen and paper to hunt your stories, real
and imagined. Fiction writers, bring a few characters to listen to during this hands-on
11:30-12:30 Holly Tucker (creative non-fiction)— Topic TBA
12:30-2 Lunch on own. (Pick up the map of local eateries from the registration table)
2-3 Linda Busby Parker (fiction)—Creating Tension
3:15-4:15 Claudia Barnett (playwright)— Everybody Lies ... So Why Listen?
"Good dialogue is not exposition; it may be just the opposite—a challenge to readers
to sharpen their detective skills. How can conversation convey the truth without stating
the facts? We'll talk about, and try out, crafting dialogue for revelation and obfuscation."
4:30-5:30 Karen Alea Ford (Director of The Writer's Loft)/Graduate Kim Teter—Middle
Tennessee Writers, Do We Have What it Takes?
"With the demise of many writing organizations across Middle Tennessee and the lack
of funds for the humanities, are local writers doomed? Or with the opening of Ann
Patchett's bookstore, Parnassus, and the talent displayed today, are we reinventing
Graduation reading from Kim Teter. She will be reading from her historical novel manuscript,
5:30-7 Dinner and Kevin Wilson (keynote)—"The Possible Necessity of Failure: An Examination
of the Writing Life"
"My writing became better, or at least more willing to take chances, when I accepted
(and even expected) the possibility of failure. No writer likes to think about the
work falling apart, becoming less than what we intended, but perhaps there is a way
to not just move past these failures, but to consider them a necessary, important
part of the process. I'll talk about my own experiences, still embarrassing to consider,
of my own failure and how it lead me to the work that I'd hoped for in the first place."
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