January 13 Chapter Meeting: Making the Most of Writing Conferences, with Julie Wakeman-Linn

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Writers! Come out of your attic garret, your den, or wherever it is you write! The season of writing conferences is about to begin.

Even if you’ve been having wonderfully productive solo time, you still need to talk to other writers, editors, and literary agents. Writing conferences are great places to do all of that and more.

At the January MWA-Montgomery meeting, we’ll learn how to maximize the benefits of all types of writing conferences. Potomac Review editor Julie Wakeman-Linn will discuss:

  • one-day events (like Conversations and Connections)
  • two-to-four day regional conferences (like Yale or Gettysburg)
  • exotic location conference options (such as Florence, Italy, Sicily, Prague, or on cruises)
  • prestigious but competitive marathon conferences (examples include Breadloaf, Sewanee, and Tin House)

Each type has different strengths and weaknesses but all provide opportunities to learn about craft and to network with editors, agents, and other writers.

Wakeman-Linn will provide handouts and examples of conference programs and schedules. She will also share information about scholarships and fellowships offered to defray costs.

About the Speaker

Julie Wakeman-LinnJulie Wakeman-Linn has edited the Potomac Review since 2005, teaches at Montgomery College, and was a judge for this year’s Montgomery Writes contest. Her short stories have appeared in Rosebud, Gargoyle, JMWW, and MacGuffin, among others. Wakeman-Linn’s novel Chasing the Leopard, Finding the Lion was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize. Her short story “Challenges of Non-Native Species” was a finalist for The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize.

Wakeman-Linn was the creative force behind the Speed Dating with Editors feature of the popular Conversations and Connections one-day conference, organized by Barrelhouse Magazine and Potomac Review. She has presented at the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference and at the Yale Conference for Writers. In addition, Wakeman-Linn regularly consults with local MWA chapters and the New Directions Writing program.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:00-9:00PM

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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