Creative Writing Events

Our learning tracks tackle the craft of writing, business of writing, marketing, and forensics. In addition to it’s 60 conference sessions, Killer Nashville features nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, an authors’ bar (free for hotel guests), a moonshine and wine tasting, agent/editor roundtable pitch sessions, a mock crime scene designed by special agents and other law enforcement professionals, cocktail receptions, the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner, film previews, live music performances and—of course—all the great activities one can enjoy in downtown Nashville.

Hosted by the English and Creative Writing Department, the series attracts prestigious, award-winning fiction writers, poets and nonfiction writers who perform, engage and educate on a myriad of topics and traditions.Beyond the sessions themselves, our conference is filled with opportunities for deeper learning and closer connections with faculty and fellow attendees, including advanced workshops, a literary fair, community readings, and more. Event description: The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature.Our objective is simple: to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals.With over 50 craft talks, panels, and workshops across all genres and interests, we make it easy to create an individualized experience that’s right for you.While our primary focus is craft, mechanics, and the various other nuts-and-bolts of narrative and poetic work, our conference provides comprehensive coverage of the creative writing field. To meet our faculty, view the schedule, and learn more, visit our website at edu/conference.Algonkian Writer Conferences began in 2002 on the banks of the Potomac River in northern Virginia.By 2004 it expanded to include significant professionals in the literary business, i.e., agents, editors, and authors. Homes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Christina Lazaridi, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Tracy K. Small workshop courses, averaging eight to ten students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginners and advanced writers, and each year 25 to 30 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative thesis: a novel, a screenplay, or a collection of short stories, poems or translations.Writers of national and international distinction visit campus throughout the year to participate in the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series and to discuss their work.The format also evolved to feature novel analysis and preparation, as well as perfection of the Algonkian Writer Conferences pitch model used to both examine and sell the novel.Over the years, additional novel writing and workshop events formed on both coasts, including the New York Pitch Conference, the SF Write to Market Conference, and the Santa Barbara Author-Mentor Novel Workshop.

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