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10/25-10/26 Fall for Writing Panels

Date: Fall for Writing Conference: Friday, Oct 25 to Sun Oct 27, 2013 Time: Fri Night and Sat Night Number of sessions: 3 panels--no registration required, open to all Members: suggested $5 donation to SDWI Nonmembers: suggested $5 donation to SDWI Location: The NEW Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

In addition to ten workshops and classes, two salons, two readings, and many $5 drop in groups, and other freebie events, SDWI is proud to present three panels during Fall for Writing.  Each panel (below) is for a suggested $5 donation.  No registration is required.

Friday, October 25 8:15pm-9:30pm at the Ink Spot
MFA programs & Other Academic Options for Writers
(Hosted by Kim Keeline, Ph.D.)

Have you considered going to a Creative Writing Program or getting an MFA?  This is just one of the academic options for writers.  This Friday night panel will examine what these programs are like and the experiences of writers who went for writing-related degrees.  Do you need a degree to be a writer?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of such programs?

Journalist, critic, and memoirist, Thomas Larson is the author of three books: The Sanctuary of Illness, forthcoming from Hudson Whitman, The Saddest Music Ever Written and The Memoir and the Memoirist. He is a staff writer for the San Diego Reader, and he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.

Nicole Vollrath earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston. She served as prose editor for the literary journal Beacon Street Review, director of Phone-A-Poem, and as a reader for Ploughshares and Agni.

Michael Clark is an author of fiction and nonfiction and former journalist who earned his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University, he previously served as the creative nonfiction editor at the Cream City Review and the fiction editor at Relief.

Sandra Alcosser founded and directs the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University each  fall. She  received two individual artist fellowships from NEA, and poems from her award-winning books have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry  and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.


Saturday, October 26, 6:00pm-7:45 at Inspirations Gallery (next door to the Ink Spot)
Genre Panel

Every writer faces different challenges both in writing a book and getting it published.  We are bringing writers of different genres together to talk about their experiences.

Arthur Salm, children’s books/book reviewer:  Arthur Salm is a former book review editor and columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune.  His book is Anyway*.

Margaret Dilloway is the author of THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS, winner of the American Library Association’s Best Women’s Fiction 2013 award;  HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award; and the upcoming SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, all from Putnam Books. She grew up and lives in San Diego with her family and a Goldendoodle named Gatsby.

Drusilla Campbell is the author of more than fifteen novels, short stories, and essays including two recent best sellers, The Good Sister and Blood Orange. Her most recent novel Little Girl Gone, inspired by the story of Jaycee Dugard, is widely available in bookstores and online.


Saturday, October 26, 8:00pm-9:30pm at the Ink Spot
Editing and Publishing Panel
(Hosted by T. Greenwood)

Do you want to be published?  Curious about the publication process?  What does an editor do?  Want to become an editor?  We’ll find out all about the publishing and editing world from professionals who have been published, worked at a publisher, or been an editor.

Karla Olson: Karla is president and founder of Read Local and president of Publishers and Writers of San Diego, an affiliate of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). She has been in the publishing industry for over 20 years and is the founder of BookStudio, a publishing strategist and book packager.  She is also director of Patagonia Books, and former Creative Director of Tehabi Books.

Anthony Bondsa writer, editor, and graphic designer in San Diego. My first book, The Moonflower King, was published by Calypso Editions in 2012, and his short fiction has been published in various magazines and anthologies such as Thieves Jargon, The Coffee Shop Chronicles, and A Year in Ink, Volume 5

Andrew Zack: Andrew Zack, has nearly 25 years experience in the publishing industry as both an editor and literary agent.

Jim Ruland: Jim Ruland is the author of the short-story collection Big Lonesome and the host of Vermin on the Mount, an irreverent reading series in the heart of L.A.’s Chinatown.