2021 Writers Conference
Thursday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 7
Writers Conference Registration
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Our 7th annual Writers Conference will kick off on Thursday November 4th, with a discussion on hope and inspiration featuring conference faculty members Alyssa Cole and Michelle Tea. Friday and Saturday will include lectures and workshops on everything from building a DIY writing career, writing through problems in your community, crafting pleasure narratives, and bending genre. Sunday’s sessions will focus on advice for young writers, targeted at grades 4-8. Though we'll be online, we'll feature opportunities to connect like morning coffees and lunch hours with creativity coach Philip Denver and after-hours book discussions with Jessica Conoley; you'll be bumping into old friends while making new ones and leave with new energy and inspiration for your next literary project.
All sessions will be hosted in Library OnDemand. Upon registering, you will receive an automatic message with instructions on how to access the conference. You do not need to download any software or create an account.
Thursday, Nov. 4
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Writers often find themselves at odds with the world yet remain eager to chronicle its ever-changing and incomprehensible mechanics. This year's conference kicks off with faculty members, Alyssa Cole, and Michelle Tea in conversation about where they find writing inspiration and dedication amidst all of life's challenges and impossibilities. A Q&A will follow.
Friday, Nov. 5
8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
We’ll kick off this morning bright and early with an opportunity to meet your conference organizers. We love meeting and hearing from you! Poetry editing, pleasure writing, characters, craft and writers block are just some of the topics up for study and discussion.
Saturday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
We continue today with writing myths, critique groups, careers, and writing for kids. Not to mention book discussions and creativity coaching.
Sunday, Nov. 7
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join us at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7th to get creatively inspired with our keynote speaker and author of Amal Unbound, Aisha Saeed. As the co-founder of the “We Need Diverse Books” initiative, Ms. Saeed will share with us the power of our own stories -- especially stories from creators whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented and supported-- and the importance of persevering even when the odds seem stacked against us.
Sessions following Ms. Saeed range from Mapping My Life to Character Building to Tanka poetry!
Our JoCoWrites prompt mirrors those for our conference write-ins with Polly McCann. Post your response at submit.as/jocowrites, either before, during, or after the write-ins! Can’t attend or prefer to work solo? We’d still love to read your work if you care to share. Read responses at write.as/jocowrites.
What is your creative process like? Does your process come naturally, or do you have to schedule time to write? We as writers can get so excited when a new idea pops into our heads and hit the ground running with outlines and drafts, but soon we may find ourselves at a roadblock or even a dead end. So for this moment just enjoy a time to write something that is for nothing in particular except fun and showing off to your writer's conference buddies your ability to build rare and wonderful new worlds of wonder and delight. Or just try something new ... today, we draw inspiration from suits and archetypes which suggest different ways to approach life events.
- Wands – Creativity and will: Write a scene, story or poem from the perspective of someone who believes in miracles, magic and the power of the creative mind.
- Pentacles – Material body or possessions: Write a scene that consumes you or your Main Character's five senses- sight sound sense, smell, taste.
- Cups – Emotions and love: Write about something or someone you or your Main Character desire, love and dream about and why they just can't get close enough to what they want.
- Swords – Reason: Write about something you need to cut out, cut up, or conquer.
We’re very proud of Volume 4. If you aren’t aware, the writing all comes from our monthly writing contests that are free to enter and come with a $200 prize for winners. We hope you’ll enter! Our Fall prompt continues with The Heroes Journey and our spring prompt questions the Unknown. Check our submittable page.