Waterbury, Conn. - Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Fresh Ink literary magazine & writers club will host a writers conference on Friday, April 29, from 9 am – 3 pm in Technology Hall, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury.
The conference will provide opportunities for writing professionals in a number of areas including editing, publishing, writing and teaching as well as learning opportunities for students and amateurs interested in the field. The short-day session is described by its director, Greg Harding, professor of English, as “a day of talking, thinking, reading, writing and celebrating the writing that is our work and our joy.”
Revolving around a keynote address by Dr. Michael White, fiction writer, author of multiple books and director of the MFA writing program at Fairfield University, the conference program will consist of workshops and discussion sessions covering 4 areas of writing professions: fiction, editing, journalism and poetry writing.
Dr. White will host the fiction writing session; Cortney Davis, a nurse-poet with an extensive publication record and recipient of numerous awards will host the poetry breakout session. In addition, Mike Patrick of the Waterbury Republican-American will lead the discussion on journalism; and Daniel Harmon, acquisitions editor in pop Culture for Praeger Publishers will lead the session on the editing aspect of the business of writing.
In addition to the formal program, there will also be concurrent features such as an ongoing open-mic session for anyone interested in testing out their work or sharing their favorite pieces. Speakers will have the opportunity to offer their books and publications to attendees and there will be plenty of time for signings, readings and discussion of the works. The conference will offer opportunities for members of the industry to present and promote their products and services, and for writers and industry people to meet, talk, and network.
The conference opens at 9 am for coffee and registration, followed by an introductory address that will feature the presentation of the new 2011 edition of Fresh Ink and awards to the student competition winners. This will be followed by breakout sessions and readings. Lunch will be served next followed by the keynote address. The day will conclude with a continuation of the open-mic and the closing at 3 pm.
The conference is being offered free of charge, though reservations are required, and there is a suggested donation of $10 for the luncheon and keynote address. Anyone interested in attending, sponsoring, or supporting the conference should contact Greg Harding at email@example.com or call 203-596-8763 for reservations and information.