Creative Writing Faculty to Speak at 'Conversations & Connections' Conference
Program Director Elise Juska and Poetry Professor Zach Savich will participate in one-day writing conference on September 28
September 16, 2013
On Saturday, September 28, the University of the Arts will host "Conversations & Connections," a one-day writing conference devoted to giving writers practical advice on getting published.
This popular conference offers panels and workshops featuring a robust list of writers and editors, including Assistant Professor Elise Juska, director of UArts' newly launched Creative Writing program, and Assistant Professor of Poetry Zach Savich. Students from the new BFA program will attend the event, which has sold out every year since 2008.
The keynote speech will be delivered by noted writer J. Robert Lennon, the author of a story collection, Pieces For The Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Castle and Familiar. Lennon teaches writing at Cornell University.
Registration for the conference opens at 8:30 a.m. at Terra Hall (211 South Broad Street); the program will run from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., followed by a Boxed Wine Happy Hour.
"Conversations and Connections" provides a comfortable, congenial environment where writers can meet other writers, as well as editors and publishers. One unique feature is "speed dating with the editors," a 10-minute meeting with an editor who will review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis or a few poems, and provide feedback on how the writers might improve their work or where they might consider sending it.