2019 Writers Conference

The 2019 Writers Conference will be held Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17. Check the full conference schedule here. All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Our conference will focus on craft, skill-development, and community building. Get your manuscript polished and submission-ready with how-to sessions, editing and critique, and community building. Thursday - Saturday is for adult and teen writers. Sunday is just for the kids.

Enter our essay contest “Dinner with an Author”. Ron Currie, Jr. will pick the most compelling entry, and that writer and a friend will enjoy an evening out with Currie in November 2019!

We’re excited to add Joshua Mohr to our faculty list for the 2019 Writers Conference!

If you saw Joshua Mohr when he was here in September 2018, you’ll be as excited as we are that he’s returning for the conference. He’ll be teaching about Conflict and Tension, sitting in conversation with his writing partner Ron Currie, and again with his publisher Eric Obenauf.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.

Read an excerpt of Sirens over at BuzzFeed.

Read An Unexpected Beautiful View of Fatherhood, From the Bathroom Floor over at the Washington Post.

Also on our 2019 Writers Conference faculty:

Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others. He was included in Publishers Weekly‘s ’50 Under 40’ list, and was a finalist in the magazine’s 2016 “Star Watch” program. Two Dollar Radio runs The Flyover Fest, a multidisciplinary festival featuring artists working in music, literature, and film over the course of 4 days in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2017 opened a bookstore/bar/plant-based cafe and event space called Two Dollar Radio Headquarters.

Leatrice "Elle" McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. Elle's also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan living in Kansas City. She spends her free time plagued by her cat Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o'Butterscotch or #SirChester. Random fact: Chester is a huge BTS fan, Elle has video proof. A Blade So Black is her debut novel, released fall 2018, with the highly anticipated sequel slated for later this year.

We also welcome Ron Currie to our 2019 Writers Conference faculty. Currie is a novelist and screenwriter. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and won awards from the New York Public Library, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Library Association. His short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Believer, and elsewhere. He's a native of Maine, where he still lives.

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  • L. L. McKinney
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