on writing conferences
Sponsored by FIU's
Creative Writing Department
October 20-23, 2004
Seaside, Florida Panhandle Region
enduring conference provides an exciting panorama for writers.
You'll find great ocean views along with invited (and resident)
faculty members who are among the top-named contemporary authors
The workshops continue from October 20 for a four day program
of day and evening events to October 23. Seminars begin on the
morning of Wednesday, October 20 and conclude (sometimes with
a great wrap party) on Saturday night. Invited speakers and
regular faculty who are participating this year include:
SHREVE (All He Ever Wanted), Fiction
MADELEINE BLAIS (Uphill Walkers), Non-Fiction
MEGHAN DAUM, (My Misspent Youth), Telling the Story.
instructors include Connie May Fowler (Before Women Had Wings,
The Problem with Murmur Lee) and resident faculty member LYNNE
BARRETT (The Secret Names of Women), Revising for the Plot (Pictured
Additional faculty at this year's FIU/Seaside conference:
JOHN DUFRESNE (Deep in the Shade of Paradise), Writing the Novel
DENISE DUHAMEL (Queen for a Day), Poetry
DAN WAKEFIELD (Spiritually Incorrect), Memoir
MARIAN YOUNG, New York Literary Agent
below] (Last Train to Paradise), Structure in Screenplay and
you visit Seaside for this event, you'll find the scenery in
this village screams for genre titles: Murder on the Dunes,
or Grayton Beach Siren. This town's atmosphere, and
the workshops given by the university faculty start the ideas
flowing. For the more sedentary and reflective, this is the
spot to write Palatine Chapel Predator or On Synesthesia
Waters. Sure, you think theses titles just pop out. Just
wait until you have to get up for the 7:30 AM morning workshops
with John Dufresne. These morning exercises fill up fast, with
the non-morning people participating with the cheery had-my-coffee-at-sunrise
types. The meeting room expands to meet the needs of night owls
who sit next to an early rising Birdsong Betty. She's the writer
who is always organized and she sits next to someone who isn't.
Someone who asks to borrow things; nothing better than mental
conflict in the morning.
yet they all get along. After all, the participants are writers
who are attending Seaside to accomplish the next step
in their careers. If you are serious about perfecting your craft,
this is the place to do it.
Classes are held in private seaside cottages leased out for
this event. You'll sit in living rooms of homes that could appear
in Southern Living or Architectural Digest
-- yes, they are spiffy and may be somewhat distracting since
your goal is to think about character development not I
wonder if this couch would fit in my game room. Each day
offers up to three different classes. Attend them all or choose
according to your writing goals. Listen to afternoon panels
where the topic of book publishing is discussed.
At night, author readings and more informal events are planned
and generally listed on the handouts. If you miss the first
day's orientation, ask other participants to let you see their
copies. You'll need the guide for each day you attend until
you get oriented.
This conference offers great sessions and great value for your
writing dollar. In addition, the faultless beaches and charming
location allow for the best of all worlds for a writer's lexicon:
vacationing while plotting.
February's great escape. An event
with more than twenty-five years of outstanding
agents, and editors.
By Colleen Tripp
Planning & Tips
ahead to get more from the workshops, to meet authors, agents,
and editors that you'll encounter at a writing conference.
By Kate Sullivan
Smitten's Storycove (Flash Fiction)
Fiction (Short Stories)