TU to Host 19th annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference

Conference features Chimamanda Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus

TOWSON, Md.(Oct. 19, 2010)—Chimamanda Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 Baltimore Writers’ Conference.  The conference will be held Saturday, November 20 in theUniversity Union Chesapeake Room from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Prize, a prestigious annual award for the best novel in English written by a woman. Adichie is also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

In addition to the keynote address, Adichie will read from one of her works on Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m., in Lecture Hall 238. The reading is sponsored by the Baltimore Writers Conference, the Towson Reading Series, the Clarisse Mechanic Fund and the College of Liberal Arts.

The one-day conference brings together aspiring writers from around the mid-Atlantic to learn about writing from published authors, agents and editors. Panel sessions cover the art and craft of fiction and poetry, how to cope with rejection, writing about sex, writing historical nonfiction, writing about the environment, how to write a book proposal, and the ever-popular quick critiques.

Guests include:

  • Laura van den Berg, author of  What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program selection
  • Jessica Anya Blau, whose debut novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was chosen a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, the New York Post and New York Magazine
  • Susan Cohen, editor of Shorewords: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings
  • Wil S. Hylton, Writer-at-Large for GQ magazine
  • Rob Spillman, editor and co-founder of Tin House bi-coastal literary magazine
  • Laura Wexler, author of Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America
  • Marion Winik, author of The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, First Comes Love  and six other books


Registration is $75 before November 5, $95 after. Student rates are $35 before November 5, $50 after. Visit the Baltimore Writers' Conference website for more information.







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