TU to host 2008 Baltimore Writers’ Conference

Conference features Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper and winner of the 2008 Thurber Award for American Humor

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 10, 2008)—Larry Doyle, a one-time writer and producer for The Simpsons and author of the novel I Love You, Beth Cooper, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2008 Baltimore Writers’ Conference, scheduled for November 8 at TU’s University Union, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Doyle previously wrote for The Simpsons and continues to publish humor essays in The New Yorker magazine. I Love You, Beth Cooper will soon be released as a major motion picture starring Hayden Panetierre of NBC’s Heroes.

Entering its 17th year, the one-day conference will bring together aspiring writers from around the mid-Atlantic to learn about writing from published authors, agents and editors. Panel sessions will cover a variety of topics including screenplays, poetry, creative nonfiction, blogging, children’s books, thrillers and travel writing.

Guests include:

  • Freelance writer Cathy Alter, author of the memoir, Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over
  • Poet Ned Balbo, whose books include Lives of the Sleepers and Galileo’s Banquet
  • Novelist Jessica Anya Blau, author of 2008’s The Summer of Naked Swim Parties
  • Novelist and journalist James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor and Mad Dogs
  • Writer and blogger Bruce A. Jacobs, author of Race Manners for the 21st Century and the blog “alias Bruce,” which takes on race, politics and the media
  • Literary agent Shannon O'Neill, The Sagalyn Literary Agency
  • Screenplay writer David Warfield, who wrote Linewatch, a 2008 Sony Pictures Entertainment release starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The conference is sponsored by TU’s Graduate Program in Professional Writing, TU’s College of Liberal Arts, Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Writing, and the City Lit Project.

Registration includes all panels, a continental breakfast, lunch and the closing wine-and-cheese reception.

General public: $75 before Oct. 17, $95 thereafter. Students (with identification): $35 before Oct. 17, $50 thereafter


To register, visit the Baltimore Writer’s Conference Web site or email For more information, contact Michael Downs, (410) 704-3695.




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