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Novelists, Agents, Journalists Featured at Writers Conference

Award-winning writers Amy Bloom, Andre Aciman, Katha Pollitt, Peter Cole and Roxana Robinson will join more than 20 writers, editors and agents at the 53rd annual Wesleyan Writers Conference, June 14-19 on campus.

The O. Henry Awards, will be a guest teacher at the Wesleyan Writers Conference in June.  (Photo by Beth Kelly)

Author Amy Bloom, whose stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories will be a guest teacher at the Wesleyan Writers Conference in June. (Photo by Beth Kelly)

The conference offers advice for writers at every stage of their careers, featuring classes, workshops, manuscript advice, guest speakers, readings, publishing advice and talks with editors and agents. It welcomes new writers, experienced writers, and everyone interested in the writer’s craft.

“Attending the conference gave me incredible confidence,” says past participant Dr. Mara Berkley, psychologist from Providence, R.I. who came to the conference to work on her fiction. “I met wonderful people, every class was excellent, and I found a long-term mentor.”

Topics include novel, short story, poetry, journalism, documentary and family history, biography, translation and short- and long- form nonfiction. Special events include sessions on blogs and digital media with Kit Reed and Ron Hogan as well as discussions with agents and editors on the future of publishing. Among other hot topics: choosing an MFA program, preparing your work for publication and working with an editor.

A one-day festival on June 18 welcomes everyone who cannot attend the full-week program. Participants will have a chance to talk with the speakers.

Features include:

Reed Author of “Gripping Dystopian Satire” Enclave

Kit Reed, resident writer in the English Department, is the author of Enclave, published by TOR Books on Feb. 3. In this gripping dystopian satire, ex-marine Sargent Whitmore has a plan to make millions while protecting children from the self-destructing modern world. He turns an old Mediterranean monastery into a combined impenetrable fortress and school, and enrolls 100 filthy-rich children, most of them already well-known for legal troubles, drug problems and paparazzi run-ins. Once there, everyone is cut off from the outside world, fed only canned news stories about wars and natural disasters. When things inevitably go horribly wrong, young hacker “Killer” Stade, physician assistant Cassie, drug and sex-crazed Sylvie and monastery-raised orphan Benny all attempt heroics, but remain deeply flawed. Reed displays unflinching willingness to explore all the facets of all of the characters, and her refusal to paint anyone as a simple villain makes this far more than a typical disaster novel.

Reed speaks about her book in an online interview here.

Amy Bloom ’75 Part of Distinguished Writers Series

The Spring 2009 Distinguished Writers Series features a short story author, New York Times Magazine writer, student poets and a Pulitzer Prize winning author.

Amy Bloom ’75, the 2009 Jacob Julien Visiting Writer, will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Russell House. Bloom is the author of the novel Love Invents Us, the short story collection A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and the nonfiction work Normal. Her most recent novel, Away, was a New York Times bestseller, and she has received the National Magazine Award and been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and numerous anthologies here and abroad.

Carlo Rotella will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Russell House. Rotella is the author of October Cities, Good With Their Hands,