Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program will offer two summer workshops in creative writing and publishing. The program also will host the Pennsylvania Writers Conference. The workshops and writers conference will be held on the Wilkes-Barre campus during the weekend of August 8 – 9, 2014.
A Workshop in Publishing will be held on Friday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This workshop will provide an introduction to the mechanics of publishing in a digital or print medium. Phil Brady, founder of Etruscan Press, will teach the workshop. The cost of this workshop is $667 for one graduate credit or 30 hours of continuing professional education credit required by Act 48 of the Professional Education Record Management System. The cost to attend this workshop for non-credit is $150. Lunch is included in the cost of this workshop.
A Manuscript Triage Workshop will be held on Friday, Aug. 8 from 1 – 4 p.m. This interactive session will help writers perfect their manuscript or memoir for submission to a potential agent or publisher. Editor Veronica Windholz from Putnam Books will conduct the workshop. The cost of this workshop is $75.
About the Workshop Instructors
About Phil Brady (Publishing Workshop)
Phil Brady has won an Ohioana Poetry Award, five Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Awards, Thayer and Newhouse Fellowships from New York State, and residencies at Yaddo, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, and the Soros Centre for the Arts in the Czech Republic. Brady has taught at the National University of Zaire, University College Cork, and on Semester at Sea.Currently, he is a professor of English at Youngstown State University, where he directs the YSU Poetry Center and plays in the New-Celtic band, Brady’s Leap. He also serves on the faculty of the Wilkes graduate creative writing program.
About Veronica Windholz (Manuscript Triage Workshop)
Veronica Windholz works with Penguin G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books and is a veteran of the publishing industry, where she served for many years as copy editor for Norman Mailer. Windholz has also facilitated workshops through The Editing Clinic, including sessions about composition, revision and storytelling.
Pennsylvania Writers Conference
The Pennsylvania Writers Conference will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will feature interactive workshops in all genres, from fiction to film. Attendees may also attend a film pitch session or meet with agents. Following the conference, a keynote reading with Jay Parini will be held at 7 p.m. The cost for the writing conference, which includes the reading, is $100 before July 15, or $150 after July 15.
About Jay Parini (Keynote Reader)
Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His non-fiction works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
For more information or to register, please contact Joyce Anzalone at 570-408-4547.