Thursday, March 29, 2012

Conversations & Connections Conference in DC, 4/21...Register Now!

I’m pleased to announce that I will be participating in the 2012 Conversations & Connections 1-day writers' conference in Washington next month.  I’ve loved this conference from the beginning, and it’s only gotten bigger and better—while still keeping costs down for participants.  Here’s the general information, followed by information about my panel…which is right up my alley, all about keeping connections going in the DC literary scene.

Oh, yeah—this one always sells out fast, so don’t dither too long.

APRIL 21, 2012
1740 Massachusetts Avenue
Dupont Circle, Washington

Conversations and Connections is not the same old writer’s conference.
Get the real scoop directly from the people who are making decisions about publishing every day. Conversations and Connections features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses, all of whom will be there to help you take the next step in publishing your work.

Face to face.
Conversations and Connections provides a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, as well as editors and publishers. Our “speed dating with the editors” (one session is included in the registration fee, additional sessions available for $5) is a ten-minute meeting with an editor who will review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis, or a few poems, providing feedback on how you might improve your work or where you might consider sending it.

Something for everyone.
Our participants know the current markets. Whether you’re an experienced writer looking to take the next step, a newcomer looking for the coolest small presses, or anybody else sending your writing out into the world, Conversations and Connections has a panel you need to hear and an editor you need to meet. This year, we’ve updated our format to include more craft lectures and other advanced topics.

It’s Cheap! And You’ll Actually Leave with Stuff.
For a registration fee of only $65 (same as last year), you get the full-day conference, one ticket to “speed dating with the editors,” a subscription to a participating literary magazine, and a book from one of our speakers.

My panel:
From Here: Your Guide to Readings, Workshops, Magazines, and Presses in the DC Area: So you’ve come to this great conference and met these wonderful people but now you have to go home. How can you keep the energy up? How can you keep honing your craft? How can you get more involved in the literary community? Our panelists will provide a map to the literary landscape, detailing the resources and opportunities available in the DC area. Barrelhouse Poetry Editor Dan Brady leads this panel discussion, with novelist Leslie Pietrzyk, CityLit’s Gregg Wilhelm, and Andre Perry from the Mission Creek Festival.


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