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.
This is what we have now, just half a year later: Almost 30 literary journals confirmed to participate in Writefest; the incredible gallery space at Silver Street Studios as a venue for our journal fair and panels; individual artists' studios as unique, inspiring locations for our workshops, presentations, and editor kaffeeklatsches; a strong line-up of leaders for our five 4-day Writefest workshops; a full event website with info on all of the above; a solid budget we've achieved through fundraising and several amazing grants and sponsors; press coverage in a variety of publications such as Arts + Culture Texas, Carve Magazine, and The Culture Trip; and dozens of volunteers on standby to make this festival a raging success.
Over the past two weeks, we've announced our exciting keynote editor guests, Jordan Bass, executive editor of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and Neil Clarke, founder and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine. Both journals have won numerous awards, one of the literary side of the journal world, the other on the science fiction and fantasy side. We can't wait to hear them speak at our all-genre, all short-forms festival.
For the rest of November, the announcements won't be stopping. Later this week we'll be posting full descriptions of our five Monday-Thursday Writefest workshops (we already have a full lineup of workshop leaders posted here), five new participating journals, and a preview of the first five presentations we've chosen from dozens of excellent proposals we received in October. Later this month, we'll have all of our panels, presentations, and bonus weekday sessions locked down and posted for you, and we'll be filling in panelists as we confirm them. All of this information will be available before the end of Early Bird Registration on December 1st, just in time for you to buy yourself the best Christmas present ever.
Today, we'll kick off our wave of blog announcements with a preview of the first five panels we've chosen for our weekend festival schedule:
We're excited to post the full descriptions and participants for these panels soon, but we'll make you wait just a little longer. The panels will be scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday of the 3-day weekend festival week (February 26/27, 2016), and will be available to all pass holders.
Passes are available at two levels:
- The Writefest Super Pass ($350) grants access to the full festival week, comprised of a 4-day workshop, all weekday bonus sessions, and the 3-day weekend festival, journal fair, and Submit-a-thon (Feb 22-28, 2016).
- The Writefest Pass ($65) grants access to the 3-day weekend festival, journal fair, and Submit-a-thon (Feb 26-28, 2016).
Stay tuned for the next Writefest blog update tomorrow! In the meantime, visit the Writefest website, like Writefest on Facebook, and find us on Twitter.