2019 Writers Conference

We’re excited to be adding Eric Obenauf to our faculty list.

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.

Also on our 2019 Writers Conference faculty:

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.

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

The 2019 Writers Conference will be held Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17.

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.

Want to submit a session proposal? Head to our submittable page and use the Author/Artist Event Request tell us about your idea.

  • Eric Obenauf
    Eric Obenauf Eric Obenauf
  • L. L. McKinney
    L. L. McKinney L. L. McKinney
  • Ron Currie
    Ron Currie Ron Currie