|Opportunities for local writers abound at 41st UND Writers Conference|
In addition to the line-up of award winning writers attending this year's Writers Conference, there will be several opportunities for writers in the region to share their writing and work on craft.
Free E-Lit Workshop: Deena Larsen, one of the invited participants to this years Writers Conference, has graciously offered to present a free workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the Memorial Union Red River Room. A self-proclaimed new media addict, Larsen will discuss the fundamentals of electronic literature or e-lit (what it is, how it works, and how to create it).
Sound complicated? A simple way to think of this is to recall the children's adventure books that ask the reader to turn to a certain page to discover one plot twist or turn to another page for a different one. In e-lit, this is done electronically, and there are many more tools at the writer's disposal, including how the links are set up, the images embedded in the story, the sound associations and secrets.
Everyone is welcome to join the workshop; no knowledge of e-lit or computers is necessary, but it is limited to the first 15 people who sign up by contacting Heidi.firstname.lastname@example.org .
Free Fiction, Poetry and Children's Playwriting Workshops-Saturday, March 27
Poetry, noon to 1 p.m., Red River Valley Room. Lisa Linrud will conduct the workshop. Please contact email@example.com to register or for more details. Limited to 12 people.
Fiction, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Room. Eric Haagenson will conduct the fiction workshop. Please contact Haagenson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more details. Limited to 12 people.
Children's Playwriting Workshop, noon to 1 p.m., Governor's Room. Kathy Coudle-King will conduct this workshop. Emphasis will be on creating dialogue, so it may also be useful for those interested in writing fiction as well as scripts. Please contact kathy at email@example.com . Limited to 12 people.
The public is invited to share their writing at the open microphone sessions during the Writers Conference. Readings are limited to 10 minutes per reader. Please go to the Red River Valley Room of the Union a few minutes before the 10 a.m. start in order to sign up to read.
Wednesday, March 24-Student Readings-area high school students and UND students welcome.
Thursday, March 25-Community Member Readings-any non-student writer is welcome to read their work.
Friday, March 26-Spoken Word/Slam Poetry Readings-anyone interested in reading work in the spoken word poetry tradition is welcome to participate.
-- Kathy Coudle-King, co-director, Writers Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2787