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Spring 2015 Writing Conferences and Fellowships

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Check out these upcoming writing conferences and opportunities!

The 4th Annual River Teeth Nonfiction Conference
May 29-31, 2015
Ashland, Ohio

Registration Fee: $425 (includes admission into all panels, seminars, social events, book signings, and open-mics, breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a one-year subscription to River Teeth)

Apply by April 15 to receive a $50 discount.

This community of nonfiction writers with gather for a weekend of manuscript consultations, seminars, and readings. The conference will emphasize essay, memoir, literary journalism, and relationship-building throughout the writing, publishing, and promotion processes. Guest speakers include Cheryl Strayed, author of NYT bestsellers Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, and Jerald Walker, author of Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, named a Best Memoir of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. Additional notable writers and editors will be in attendance, including Literary Mama's Former Literary Reflections Editor Kate Hopper and Literary Mama contributor Sonya Huber. You can find out more about the conference and its presenters here, and you can register here.


HippoCamp 2015: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers
August 7-9, 2015
Lancaster, PA
Early Bird Registration: $319 (ends May 15, 2015; thereafter: $349)

This three-day creative writing conference event features notable speakers Lee Gutkind (recognized as "the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,"), Allison Williams, Robert Long Foreman, among others, engaging sessions on topics such as publishing specifics and writing flash essays, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opportunities, and optional, intimate pre- and post-conference workshops. Find out more and register here.


Apply for The 2015 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship For New Parents
Submission Period: March 1-April 17, 2015
Entry Fee: $20 ($25 for electronic submissions)

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellow receives a full year of promotion, the publication of the winning story by Brain, Child Magazine, and a $1000 prize to be presented at a public reading of the winning work in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 14th, 2015.

To apply: Entrants must have a child under 10 years of age and submit a new, never-published fiction story—any genre, on any subject—of up to 1250 words (typed double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper in Times New Roman 12 point or similar font, with one inch margins). Entrants can be at any level of their literary careers. You can find more details on how to apply here. The winner will be announced in August 2015.


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