TU to host 18th Annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference

Conference features Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 5, 2009)—Mark Bowden, an author, journalist and screenwriter whose works include Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2009 Baltimore Writers’ Conference, scheduled for November 14 at TU’s University Union, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Bowden’s book Black Hawk Down was a finalist for the National Book Award, won the Overseas Press Club’s 1997 Hal Boyle Award, and was the basis of the two-time Academy Award winning film of the same name. His book Killing Pablo won the Overseas Press Club’s 2001 Cornelius Ryan Award, and has been optioned for motion picture. His most recent books are Guests of the Ayatollah, an account of the 1979–81 Iran hostage crisis, and The Best Game Ever, the story of the 1958 NFL championship game. He is a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

Entering its 18th 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:

• Poet Jane Satterfield, whose first poetry collection, Shepherdess with an Automatic received a Towson University Prize for Literature

• Novelist and short story writer Elise Levine, author of 2003’s Requests and Dedications

• Playwright James Magruder, whose works include 2008’s Penelope & the Sterile Field

• Screenwriter, script consultant and producer Khris Baxter

• Graphic novelists Neal Shaffer (Borrowed Time) and Mark Wheatley (Breathtaker)

• Literary agent Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management, LLC

• Magazine editors Maureen Green (Script) and David Dudley (Urbanite)

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, lunch and the closing wine-and-cheese reception. The registration fee is $75 before Nov. 2 and $95 thereafter. Students with proper identification may register for $35 before Nov. 2 and $50 thereafter.

To register, visit the Baltimore Writer’s Conference Web site or email For more information, contact Geoffrey Becker, 410-704-5196.








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