Writing conferences, workshops, and author readings are a great source of learning and inspiration. These gatherings provide me with insights about craft, ideas for new stories, and advice on how to handle the challenges of making writing my life’s work. They offer opportunities for creative collaboration and artistic alliances – these are places where we can come together. I also attend and participate in writing workshops and conferences to connect with my fellow writers and support the writing community.
If you are aware of other gatherings, please contact me; I am happy to share this information with my readers.
- July 20-22, 2017 – Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie IN
- September 15-16, 2017 – Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Lexington, KY
- Saturday, May 13, 2017 – You are invited to a book launch and reading for the anthology, Family Stories from the Attic, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company on 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211. I will read from my essay, Without Words, which is included in this collection of stories, essays, and poetry, published by Hidden Timber Books.
- February 9-11, 2017 – Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C.
- January 26, 2017 – Claudia Rankine and Solmaz Sharif were at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN as part of the Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading. There was an afternoon Q and A session and a reading later that evening. Rankine is a 2016 recipient of the MacArthur Award; her book Citizen was a National Book Award finalist. Sharif is a poet and lecturer at Stanford University.
- August 10, 2016 – Author Elizabeth Berg was at the St. Joseph County Library in South Bend, IN to read from her new book, Make Someone Happy. This book is a collection of posts from her Facebook page. In her words, “It made me understand too that to record ordinary life validates ordinary life, and also validates us as a struggling species that makes an awful lot of mistakes but is nonetheless full of kindness and hope and caring.”
- June 6, 2016 – Aviya Kushner, author of The Grammar of God and essayist Toni Nealie, author of The Miles Between Me, at 57th Street Books in Chicago.
- April 14-16, 2016, Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan. Here is my post on my visit to the Festival.
- February 27, 2016 – Tamara Winfrey Harris, author of The Sisters are Alright, was in South Bend, IN to discuss her book with women from local book clubs. We had a spirited and open conversation about how black women are portrayed and viewed by society. She conceived the idea for her book after years of writing about the intersection of current events, politics, and pop culture with race and gender on her blog and for numerous publications. For more information on Winfrey Harris and her work or to see where she will be speaking next, please visit her website.
- October 2015 – NonfictioNOW, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. Here is my review of one of the sessions I attended, but you can find many others on the Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies web site.
- March 2015 – I gave a public reading at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on the campus of University of Chicago.
- 2015 – Chicago Humanities Festival This is always a diverse program of writers, artists, performances, etc.
- 2013 – Iowa Summer Writing Festival
- April 2012 – Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
- Zora Neale Hurston Writers Conference This was my first major conference and it is where I learned the importance of a great workshop experience and a supportive writing community. So many of the writers who were at my first workshop have gone on to do amazing work. It will always be special for me.