MMC Writers' Conference
Marymount Manhattan College
(Four Day) Writers' Intensive
June 7, 2004
MMC - Creative Writing Program
East 71 Street, New York 10021
Ph: 212 774 0780
Fx: 212 774-079
writers it's an opportunity to learn more
about the writing business and get tips about all genres."
Abbe, The Writer magazine
for a complete report by our Manhattan correspondent (Julie
Farin) on MMC's annual publishing event in the winter issue
of WordSmitten Quarterly Journal.
or to register this week,
call (212) 774-0780.
Register online at www.mmce.edu
and if you register early, get a discount.
If you missed the early registration, the regular event
fee is $175.00 for participants for the one-day writing
conference. Call for the event fees for the four-day Writers'
During a previous conference,
keynote speaker and noted author Russell Banks brought participants
at The Marymount Manhattan College Writer's Conference to a
fork-stopping hush during lunch.
Last year's featured speaker was OSCAR HIJUELOS
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and
A Simple Habana Melody.
Who knows what Booker Prize-winning Peter Carey
will do this year, but the author of OSCAR AND LUCINDA and the
TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG may bring the house down with
For this year's writing intensives (Monday to Thursday, June
7-10, 2004), industry experts will teach creative writing and
panelists will discuss specialized courses on magazine writing,
creative nonfiction, and fiction. Editor Jackie Leo’s
keynote address will provide insight into magazine
editing. She is the former editor of Family Circle Magazine
and former editorial director of Good Morning America. Panelists,
more than 60 writers, editors, and literary agents, include
James Atlas, Alan Furst, Carol Higgins Clark, Joe Finder, John
Simon, Julia Glass, Daphne Merkin, Andrew Sarris, and Mollie
Thursday, June 10, a daylong writers’ conference (open
to the public) begins at 8:30 and continues until 5:00, when
a customary gathering of writers and participants meets downstairs
to socialize. Writers who attend the late afternoon event often
casually pursue more information to guide them to their goal
of publishing success.
Panel topics include categories of fiction, memoir, mystery,
publicity, editors, literary agents, children's books, magazine
writing, and screen writing. Recent panels have included Roy
Blount Jr., Stuart Woods, Gay Talese, Alan Furst, Sue Miller,
Meg Wolitzer, Susan Orlean, and editors from the New Yorker
and the New York Times.
The conference is designed for both experienced and novice writers,
and the event has introduced several writers to their future
publishers and vice versa, according to Lewis Frumkes, conference
organizer and director of Marymount's Writing Center.
Elfrieda Abbe, editor-in-chief of The Writer magazine
and a past conference attendee, says the conference is ensconced
in an informal, comfortable setting that puts even novices at
"For writers it's an opportunity to learn more about the
writing business and get tips about all genres," according
to Abbe. "You rarely get such a collection of editors,
writers and agents in one place. It's an opportunity for me
to talk with editors and agents about publishing trends. You
certainly get a lot of different points of view about writing
and breaking into the publishing business. When you have a panel
of agents who are sharing with you ways to get your manuscript
to them - that is invaluable information."
FARIN attends this event at MMC for us. You'll read her report
soon. A true Manhattanite, she brings her extensive knowledge
of The City to her writing, her reading, and her busy
life. Her career in broadcast news and feature writing spans
more than fifteen years and she brings that talent to the pages
of WordSmitten (online and print) editions.
feature article on the famed Sewanee Writer's Conference appears
in our June 2004 issue of the WordSmitten Quarterly Journal.
She'll be covering the MMC Writing Conference for us and her
report will appear in the winter issue of WSQJ.
When not listening to Shania Twain CDs, Julie Farin appears
in exactly the same places where Dorothy Parker's imagination
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