Writefest is Writespace's new festival for emerging writers, led by writers and literary journal editors. The festival will take place February 22-28, 2016, and will focus on short forms (short stories, flash fiction, personal essays, poetry) and publishing in literary journals across genres. For more info and registration, visit the Writefest website.
If you missed yesterday's installment of this week's Writefest Blog Announcement Extravaganza, check back here for a first sneak peek at some of the first panel titles we've picked.
As for today's news, they're all about our 4-day workshops that will be kicking off the Writefest week. We are excited to announce that not only do we have a full, incredibly strong lineup of workshop leaders, but we've now updated the website with full descriptions of each workshop. Click here to find them all, or click on the workshop titles below for detailed info on each.
Acting out of Character: Putting the “Mystery of Personality” to Use
Adrienne Perry, Editor-in-Chief of Gulf Coast
Witches, Wizards, and Wormholes: Special Topics in Speculative Fiction
Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of five speculative novels
Flash A La Carte
Rebecca Schwab, Acquisitions Editor of Leapfrog Press and Crossborder: A Journal of Fiction
Stepping Outside the Void: Learning Poetry by Immersion in Unfamiliar Styles
Anis Shivani, poet, fiction writer, and critic
Memoir: Writing from Life
Joyce Boatright, memoirist and past president of Story Circle Network
Mon-Thurs, Feb 22-25, 2016
9 am - 12 pm
Silver Street Studios
All five workshops will run simultaneously in different artist studios at Silver Street. Holders of the Writefest Super Pass will choose one of the workshops, and spend four 3-hour sessions with the same instructor and classmates working on honing their craft.
In the afternoons, workshoppers can attend a variety of exclusive bonus session, such as generative writing workshops, talks on topics relevant to their preferred form or genre, and a Read Your Work coaching session.
You will be asked to send in some of your work two weeks prior to the start of your workshop, and you will receive a packet of your classmates' writing one week before your workshop.
In order to participate in one of the workshops, register for the Writefest Super Pass here.
Layla Al-Bedawi is the Events Coordinator at Writespace, and Director of Writefest, our upcoming emerging writers festival. Layla's fiction frequently veers into magical realism, and is deeply influenced by her multicultural upbringing. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Fantastic Stories of the Imagnation, The Molotov Cocktail, Flash Fiction Magazine, Crab Fat, and elsewhere. She enjoys bookbinding, road trips, and cats.