In this fast-paced, hands-on session, we’ll explore the art of flash nonfiction and short essays. Through prompts and exercises, participants will create a list of potential essay ideas, identify key details and imagery to help them dig into the heart of those stories, and, if time allows, write the opening for at least one essay.
I'm delighted to be part of a great line-up of speakers. I'm particularly looking forward to hearing from Keynote Speaker Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writers Digest and an expert in digital media strategy. Plus, Lee Gutkind, often called the "Godfather" of Cretive Nonfiction will also be delivering a keynote address and reading. In addition to the two keynotes, there will be more than 20 panels and sessions in three tracks: Share, Create, and Craft. All in all, there will be more than 30 writers, editors, and agents on hand.
There are some pre- and post-conference "add-on" small group workshops that look great, too. [I'm eyeing up one about writing fragmented/collage essays, taught by Sarah Einstein, author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015), which was awarded the AWP Series Prize in Creative Nonfiction.]
If you're interested in attending, you can save $30 if you register by tomorrow (Friday, May 15). I'd love to meet there, so please let me know if you're going.