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Hollihock Writers Conference 2020 (VIRTUAL!)

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Meet + Greet: Friday Welcome!
Connect and network with like-minded writers before the sessions start. We are all here to have fun and meet new people, right?
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Opening Session + Keynote: Lily King (Reading + Q&A)
Hollihock Founder, Dominic Perri, welcomes attendees. Keynote Speaker Lily King, author of WRITERS & LOVERS, addresses the 2020 theme: WORDS WITHOUT ACTION.
Dominic Perri Lily King
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Poetry of Praise
"Every poem has to have images and ideas and some sort of troubled speaker." We'll explore writing poems without crisis, and give praise without irony.
Jason Tandon
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Darling You're Making a Scene
Whether writing a personal essay or a fictional story, live-action scenes are the building blocks of your narrative. Learn what makes a scene really 'work.'
Áine Greaney
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The Madness of Fiction: The Sanity in Writing It
Providing a glimpse into the nature of creativity as it applies to the storytelling process.
Keith Carreiro
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Writer's Block #1: Networking Session
This is an open block for you to hop on and meet other Hollihockers to expand your writing community. Tell others what you're working on. Don't be shy!
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Creating Page-Turning Fiction
How do you create narrative momentum? We will discuss the elements of page-turning reads and how to keep a plot moving at a crackling pace.
Lauren Sarat
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The Genie in the Bottle: Playing with Form
Using strict form to release the power of writing and express the unexpected.
J Kates
· Stage
Featured Reading + Q&A: Enzo Silon Surin
Award-winning poet reads from his full-length debut WHEN MY BODY WAS A CLINCHED FIST - packed stanzas where hip hop and Haiti flow through the Queens boroughs.
Dominic Perri Enzo Surin
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Meet + Greet: Saturday Welcome!
Connect and network with like-minded writers before the sessions start. We are all here to have fun and meet new people, right?
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Keynote: Morgan Jerkins (Reading + Q&A)
Keynote Speaker Morgan Jerkins, author of WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS and THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING, addresses the 2020 theme: WORDS WITHOUT ACTION.
Morgan Jerkins Dominic Perri
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Discovering Your True Writing Voice
Writing prompts and discussions to break through habits and blockages and connect to topics and rhythm of your authentic writing voice.
Rhonda Miller
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The Short Story Basics
A workshop that will focus on the basics of short story writing. For beginners and anyone who wants to revisit the basics.
Jeff Simonds
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Panel Discussion: YA/Children's Literature
In this panel discussion, industry professionals discuss all things having to do with children's literature - from illustration to publication.
Adrienne Kisner J. Albert Mann Oge Mora
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Writer's Block #2: Networking Session
This is an open block for you to hop on and meet other Hollihockers to expand your writing community. Tell others what you're working on. Don't be shy!
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Ask the Editors: Live Q&A
A basic overview of types of editing and how editors can help you make your work better appeal to your readers, followed by Q&A with Tanya Gold and Nicole Ayers
Tanya Gold (she/her) Nicole C. Ayers
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Writing as a Business: How to Make Money and Stay Out of Trouble
An overview of left-brained topics for right-brained people. Topics include: starting out, overcoming obstacles, time/money tracking, and a marketing tutorial.
Judith McIntosh
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Reaching for Thunderbolts: The Power of Word Choice
Abraham Lincoln seemed to "reach up into the clouds and take out the thunderbolts." Power up your own writing by choosing words that resonate with readers.
Hollihock Kelsey Maureen Walsh
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Tuning Into Your Characters: Using Music and Playlists as Characterization in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Explore how music can inform our characters' desires, fears, and aspirations. Deepen your readers' grasp of the time, setting, and political issues with music.
Anthony D'Aries
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Writing Your LGBTQ+ Memoir
Everyone has a story to tell. The challenge is how to tell it. Memoirs are a journey for any LGBTQ+ person, so bring your ideas, writing, and unique history.
Connelly Akstens
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Sacred, Scared, Scarred: Writing Through Fear Into Courage
The group will create calm through moving meditation that anyone can do. With prompts, we'll enter a space of solo free writing and honor the artistic process.
Janet Aalfs
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Panel Discussion: Connecting with Your Writing Community
In this panel discussion, organizational leaders discuss various resources and initiatives that support local writers.
Jodie Vinson Lee Hope Betcher Heather Kelly
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Panel Discussion: World Building in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
In this panel discussion, authors from different genres describe the various ways that they build their fictional worlds.
Denise (Dee) Willson Anthony D'Aries Chana Porter
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Writer's Block #3: Networking Session
This is an open block for you to hop on and meet other Hollihockers to expand your writing community. Tell others what you're working on. Don't be shy!
· Stage
Featured Reading + Q&A: J. Albert Mann
Author of several MG/YA novels reads from her recent historical novel, THE DEGENERATES -- four young women institutionalized but set on changing their fates.
J. Albert Mann
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Meet + Greet: Sunday Welcome!
Connect and network with like-minded writers before the sessions start. We are all here to have fun and meet new people, right?
· Stage
Featured Reading + Q&A: P. Djèlí Clark
P. Djèlí Clark, author of THE BLACK GOD'S DRUMS, reads from his newest dark fantasy novella RING SHOUT - a supernatural twist to the KKK's reign of terror.
Dominic Perri P. Djèlí Clark
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Unsticking Your Plot Using Cinematic Structure
The eight-sequences of screenplays allows us to organize our stories and know what we should do next. This lecture uses movies to demonstrate this process.
Ray Daniel
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Elasticity of the Sentence
This class examines several perfect sentences from published works to improve your revision skills by concentrating on each microdecision in prose.
Anne Elliott
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Author Strategies: Employing Strategic Focus To Meet Your Publishing Goals
Stop being buried by all the available marketing tactics. Writers will walk away from this class with the helpful tools to execute an effective author strategy.
Ryan Levesque
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Leonard Cohen: Writing Out of the Mainstream
A discussion of Cohen's poetry written while a student at McGill, living on the Greek island of Hydra, and residing at the Mount Baldy monastery in California.
John Holgerson
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Details, Details: Striking a Balance Between the Forest and the Trees
Without the right details, a story lacks immediacy and charm. But you can have too much of a good thing! In this lecture, find out what makes a perfect detail.
Sara Rauch
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Panel Discussion: Submitting to Publications
Authors and industry professionals discuss the process of submitting your work to magazines and publishers.
Jason Tandon Lauren Sarat
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Writing the Non-Western Past
What are the challenges for fiction set in historic times outside of Europe and North America? Explore and develop strategies to write in these time periods.
Anjali Duva
· Stage
Featured Reading + Q&A: Miranda Popkey
Miranda Popkey reads from her debut novel, TOPICS OF CONVERSATION, about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a "ferociously talented new voice in fiction."
Hollihock Kelsey Dominic Perri Miranda Popkey
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Bringing Writing Ideas to Success
Based on tried and true methods, Heather works with you to identify and overcome barriers that stand in the way of bringing your ideas to writing fruition.
Heather Kelly
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Panel Discussion: Literary Agents
In this panel discussion, industry experts discuss the tricky world of finding and landing a literary agent, and everything in between.
Holly Watson Albert LaFarge Ray Daniel
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Closing Session + Keynote: Paul Harding (Reading + Q&A)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding, TINKERS and ENON, addresses the 2020 theme: WORDS WITHOUT ACTION. Hollihock Founder offers closing remarks.
Dominic Perri Paul Harding

Speakers

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Anjali Duva

Writer, dancer, and educator. She is the author of the bestselling historical novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN.

Denise (Dee) Willson

Award-winning author, editor, journalist, and entrepreneur with 20+ yrs of experience. Founder of BEOP editing services.

Chana Porter

Playwright, speculative novelist, and education activist. Founder of the Octavia Project. Her debut novel is THE SEEP.

Holly Watson

Specializes in publicity campaigns for literary and commercial fiction. She has 20+ years working with major publishers.

Morgan Jerkins

New York Times bestselling author and Senior Editor at ZORA Magazine.

Jodie Vinson

Program Manager at What Cheer Writers Club in Providence. She has ten years of book industry experience.

Albert LaFarge

Literary agent for LaFarge Agency with a focus on representing nonfiction books. 30+ years of publishing experience.

Sara Rauch

Author of WHAT SHINES FROM IT. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Paper Darts, Hobart, Split Lip, and more

John Holgerson

Author of BROKEN BORDERS and UNNECESSARY TATTOO; TV host of FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS; a MassPoetry rep for Bristol County.

Ryan Levesque

Leverages 10+ years in the publishing industry to help authors discover their purpose, strategy, and marketing tactics.

Anne Elliott

Author of THE ARTSTARS: STORIES (IU Press) and THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE BEGINNING (Ploughshares Solos).

Ray Daniel

Award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction, including the Tucker Mysteries.

Lee Hope Betcher

Editor-in-Chief of Solstice Literary Mag, educator, and author of the novel HORSEFEVER, a Midwest Book Awards finalist.

Janet Aalfs

Widely published poet and writer, previous poet laureate, 7th degree black belt, and healing movements arts instructor.

Heather Kelly

Coach, editor, author, and Writers’ Loft Director, she strives to help authors become more prolific storytellers.

Anthony D'Aries

MFA Director at WCSU. Author of THE LANGUAGE OF MEN: A MEMOIR, which received the PEN/NE Discovery Prize.

Connelly Akstens

Nonfiction Professor at SUNY who recently completed first full-length memoir, WITHOUT SHAME: LEARNING TO BE ME.

Judith McIntosh

Retired attorney living her dream life as a writer. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Maureen Walsh

Former advertising writer and journalist turned fiction writer and editor. Chapter President at MWA-NE.

Nicole C. Ayers

Award-winning author that provides coaching, manuscript evals, and editing services for fiction and creative nonfiction.

Tanya Gold (she/her)

Editor of fiction, memoir, and poetry. She’s been in publishing for 20 years, and has worked on all kinds of books.

Oge Mora

Her picture book THANK YOU, OMU! won a Caldecott Medal in 2019. Her book artwork has also been applauded.

J. Albert Mann

Award-winning author of seven published novels for children. Her most recent historical fiction book is THE DEGENERATES.

Adrienne Kisner

Her debut novel DEAR RACHEL MADDOW won a 2016 PEN New England award. She is also the author of two YA novels.

Jeff Simonds

Writing instructor at Hartwick College and author of two short story collections.

Rhonda Miller

Reporter and producer for WKU Public Radio in Kentucky.

Enzo Surin

Haitian-born poet, educator, speaker, publisher, and social advocate. Author of WHEN MY BODY WAS A CLINCHED FIST.

Keith Carreiro

Faculty at Bridgewater State University and at Bristol Community College. He is currently writing a nine-book series.

J Kates

Poet, translator, and co-director of Zephyr Press. He has published three chapbooks and one full book.

Lauren Sarat

Lauren has worked in the publishing industry, taught creative writing at Brown, Emerson, and Rutgers.

Dominic Perri

Writer, Educator. He is the Founder of the Hollihock Writers Conference and www.hollihock.com.

Cherrilynn Bisbano

Coach, editor, and book proposals. She's a Partner with The Write Coach. Publications include Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Jason Tandon

Senior Lecturer of Writing, Arts & Sciences Writing Program, Boston University. He is the author of four poetry books.

P. Djèlí Clark

Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of THE BLACK GOD'S DRUMS and THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015.

Paul Harding

American musician and author who gained widespread acclaim for his 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, TINKERS.

Miranda Popkey

Her first novel, TOPICS OF CONVERSATION, is for readers of Sally Rooney, Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill.

Lily King

Award-winning author of five novels. Her most recent novel, WRITERS & LOVERS, was recently published in March.

Áine Greaney

Irish-born writer of five books. Stories/essays placed in Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Boston Globe Magazine, and others.

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