Saturday, September 11, 2010

Write Angles Conference 2010

I'm happy to say that I'll be on a panel at this year's Write Angles Conference at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. It takes place on October 23rd and includes a wonderful line-up of writers from many genres. Andre Dubus III and Magdalena Gómez are headlining, but it also includes panels with YA authors, Non-fiction writers, poets and all sorts - like the hard to define but very cool Jedediah Berry.

My panel is called "Inspiration Throughout the Writing Process". The folks I'm up there with are:

Set in a dictionary company, Emily Arsenault’s first novel THE BROKEN TEAGLASS was a New York Times Notable Crime Book of 2009. Her second novel, about two young girls on a paranormal investigation, will be released by HarperCollins in 2011. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Jo Knowles is the author of the young adult novels: LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL, JUMPING OFF SWINGS, and PEARL (coming 2011). She teaches writing for children in the MFA program at Simmons College. Jo lives in Vermont with her husband and son. To learn more about Jo, visit her blog.

Annie Parker (Moderator) has worked as a carpenter, waitress, ship’s cook and most often, and most vilely, as a secretary. Her adventures have included volunteering in Ecuador, studying in Korea, and motherhood. She recently graduated from Smith College with honors and is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children through Simmons College. She blogs with humor at The Sunday Hiker.

Frederick Reiken is the author of three novels, most recently DAY FOR NIGHT, published in May of this year (Little, Brown). Reiken’s debut novel THE ODD SEA won the Hackney Literary Award, and his follow-up THE LOST LEGENDS OF NEW JERSEY was a national bestseller. His short stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker. He currently directs the graduate writing program at Emerson College.

So, let me get this straight. That's one panel but on it are 1) a mystery writer, 2) a historical/fantasy novelist, 3) a YA author, and 4) literary novelist. Nice. I love it when program organizers can think out of the box.

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