She explained why Writespace wanted new and less experienced writers to be highlighted; they’re ignored by too many writing festivals. They need an entry point to writing professionally. They need to be empowered to put their work out there. Writing short fiction or nonfiction is an excellent way to hone craft.
OK, but, experienced and published writer that I am, I still plan to go. Here’s why:
Who cannot not be tempted by hour-long tidbits like:
- "The Nuts and Bolts of Literary Journal Submission"
- "The Importance of Building, Maintaining, Seeking Out Writing Communities"
- "Unacceptable! Bad Editor Behavior"
- "Flash Fiction in Our Time"
And so much more:
Who cannot not be tempted by an opportunity to spend four days in a specific workshop devoted to fiction, speculative fiction, flash fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction/memoir?
Who cannot not be tempted by the opportunity to be among the company of other writers as well as learn from the many literary journal editors and writers who will be in Houston specifically for this event?
It’s an amazing coup, what Writespace has pulled off: some 25-30 national literary journal editors will be in one location, Houston, Texas, and ready to talk about craft and even better, submission. And they will encompass so many genres: science fiction, young adult, and you name it.
As Kramer once said in an old Seinfeld episode as Jerry and George discussed an upcoming trip: I am already there.
Will you be there?
Experience doesn’t matter. Curiosity, enthusiasm, and hope are the requirements to attend this festival introducing the craft of writing for literary journals to us all.
She was a Helene Wurlitzer writing fellow in the summer of 2010 and is one of the founders of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. Other novels include Now Face to Face (Random House) and Dark Angels (Crown Publishing). All of her novels are still in print and available in bookstores and electronically.
Writefest is Houston's first week-long emerging writers festival and literary journal fair. Registration for the full week is $375 (4-day workshop plus festival weekend). Weekend-only registration (Fri-Sun) is $75. 1-day passes are available for $45.
For details about the workshops, click here.
For a full festival schedule, click here.