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Two Literary Conferences

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The Muse and the Marketplace
May 3rd - 5th
Boston, MA

Join writers, editors, publishers, and all manner of literary professionals at The Muse and the Marketplace 2013. This is "a three-day literary conference designed to give aspiring writers a better understanding about the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction, inside information about the world of publishing, and thoughtful networking opportunities," put on by Grub Street- "the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States."

The conference welcomes everyone from beginning writers to those published several times over. Each day there are numerous workshops, seminars, and panel discussions on topics such as writing your best character, the art of non-fiction, marketing, social media, and memoir-writing. The weekend is punctuated with large-scale meals, keynote speakers, shop talks, and after parties. Attendees can sign up for a one-on-one critique session with an editor or agent, for an additional fee.

This conference is a broad networking event.  Find out more at


21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference
June 14th -16th
New Paltz, NY

This three-day conference highlights "what's new in children's nonfiction publishing." The focus is solely on nonfiction, and aims to help writers, illustrators, and designers of all levels use their creativity to make their way in the increasingly digital and media driven society. The weekend will also address the new Common Core Standards, and how schools and libraries drive children's literature.

Offered throughout the weekend are meal times and coffee mingles, panel discussions, a book fair, and meet-and-greets. There will be intensives and workshops on topics such as research and planning, how to make apps, writing and illustrating for children's magazines, and shameless self-promotion.

Nonfiction is more popular than ever, and this conference will take nonfiction creators into the 21st Century.  For more information go to

Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer living in Ithaca, NY. Her essay “Blood Mountain” won the 2017 Notes From the Field contest at Flyway Journal. Other work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including, NewfoundLife in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.

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