Wednesday, June 10, 2009

AIW Conference on Saturday, June 13

Where I’ll be on Saturday:

The 30th AIW Writers Conference
Sponsored by American Independent Writers
The George Washington University
Cafritz Conference Center
Marvin Center Building
800 21st St. N.W.Washington, D.C., 20052
Saturday, June 13, 2009
More information here.

There are tons of great-sounding panels and sessions; here's what I'll be talking about:

EXPLODING A SCENE: ADDING DETAIL, DEPTH, AND SURPRISE TO YOUR FICTION What makes one scene feel alive and another fall flat? How can your scenes work harder? What constitutes a good scene, anyway? This discussion (with handouts and audience participation) will show you how to wring the most from your scenes through thoughtfully-chosen details, as well as weave in the nuance that will lead you—and your characters—to exciting new discoveries. It would be helpful, but not necessary, if you were to bring with you a few pages of a scene you’ve written.

Mark Farrington is a coordinator and the faculty fiction advisor for the M.A. in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins. He has an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from George Mason University and a B.A. from Colby College. He has published short stories in The New Virginia Review, The Louisville Review, The Potomac Review, and other journals, and he has served as editor-in-chief of Phoebe: The George Mason Review. He also has published numerous articles on the teaching of writing. In 2003 and 2008 he received the Johns Hopkins Writing Program's Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2004 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Advanced Academic Programs at Hopkins.

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree (Avon Books) and A Year and a Day (William Morrow). Her short fiction has appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Iowa Review, New England Review, The Sun, TriQuarterly, and Shenandoah.

Registration info here.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.