Friday, June 8, 2012

Mayborn Conference for Nonfiction Writers

Hi readers and writers,
I just got on the mailing list for an interesting conference on nonfiction writing.  One of the organizers sent this handy summary so I thought I'd post it here for those looking for a good conference this summer.  Cheers, Laura
George Getschow
Got an essay or book manuscript gathering dust in your dresser drawer? Are you looking to find a publisher? Then come to the nationally-acclaimed Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Now in its eighth year, the Mayborn Conference will explore the myriad ways in which storytellers crisscross the murky terrain between fiction, nonfiction and other genres. Speakers include Luis Alberto Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist who has been published extensively in all genres, including poetry; Richard Rhodes, the Pulitizer Prize-winning author and editor of 26 works of fiction, history, biography and memoir; Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize; Debby Applegate, a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer; Tom Junod, Writer-At-Large for Esquire; Jeanne Marie Laskas, a bestselling nonfiction author and journalist whose narratives in GQ, Esquire and other magazines capture the voice of her subjects more adroitly than a ventriloquist; Alisa Valdes, a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, who has become a bestselling novelist; Mark Sundeen, one of America’s most innovative writers of literary nonfiction, and many more nationally acclaimed storytellers.

The conference, held July 20-22 (Friday through Sunday) in Grapevine, TX, sponsors a national writing competition that awards $15,000 in cash prizes and publication in its award winning literary journal, “Ten Spurs,” for the best essays and reported narratives submitted to the conference. It also offers major cash awards for the three best book manuscripts submitted to the conference. The top book manuscript selected by jurists earns a publishing contract.

Deadline for submitting your book manuscripts, reported narratives and essays is June 18. Twenty people are selected for the manuscript workshops and 50 people are selected for the essay and reported narrative workshops. All workshops are conducted on Thursday, July 19, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. before the offical start of the conference on Friday.

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Anonymous said...

Doesn't fit well with friday fictioneering does it? I'm confused. Do you write both?

Anonymous said...

Well, yes. I wrote a memoir, am working on a biography, and also am working on two novels. Never a dull moment.