Each year one of my clients, New Hampshire Writers’ Project, organizes a one-day conference for writers. The day is filled with sessions on writing and the business of being a writer. I was thrilled to go last year and to share what I had learned. I’m looking forward to this year’s as well, certain that I’ll learn something useful to share with you.
Writers’ Day 2010
Nicholson Baker was last year’s keynote speaker. He spoke about his shift from writing tech books to writing novels. It was a risk for him, but one that energized his writing and keeps him writing. Baker was inspiring and a great way to start the day.
Also inspiring was the session on writer’s block. Several talented writers led us through some writing exercises and spoke about other exercises they do to enliven their writing. Peter Money shared some of his poem boxes, which he uses to generate new ways of thinking.
Conference goers were given lots of information on furthering their writing education with local organizations. I reported on some and researched more for those who don’t have the good fortune to live in New England.
Writers’ Day 2011
This year’s keynote will be given by Paul Harding, who won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his first novel, Tinkers. Harding’s book is lovely and lyrical, and I’m interested in hearing about how he wrote it.
Sessions will cover different types of writing, such as column, experimental fiction, science fiction, and journalism. There will be sessions on publishing your own work and an agents and editors panel. Oh, and we can’t forget the networking sessions and the Literary Flash finals.
Writers’ Day will be held on Saturday, March 5, at Southern New Hampshire University’s campus in Manchester, NH. If you’re in traveling distance to Manchester, you owe it to your writing to attend Writers’ Day (come find me!). If you aren’t, fear not. I’ll report back on what I learn.