TU to host 20th annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference

Conference features keynote speaker Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak and Bad Poetry

Steve Almond

Keynote speaker Steve Almond has written ten books, three of which were self-published.

TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 8, 2011)—Steve Almond, author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction including Candyfreak, The Evil B.B. Chow and the memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Baltimore Writers’ Conference to be held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts Building.

Prolific and humorous, Almond's work is anthologized in the Best American Short Stories series, New Stories of the South and the Best American Erotica series. Barnes and Noble has made him part of its Discover New Writers Series, and his fiction was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, and his work has appeared in GQ magazine and the Washington Post.

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, nonfiction and poetry, writing about food, how to turn experiences into memoirs or novels, and the ever-popular quick critiques.

Guests include:

  • Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, which was named a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, the New York Post and New York Magazine
  • Jerry Gabriel, author of Drowned Boy, a collection of short stories, and winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize and the Towson Prize for Literature
  • Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for the New York Times Sunday Magazine
  • Leslie F. Miller, author of the memoir Let Me Eat Cake
  • Elissa Schappell, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she writes the “Hot Type” book column, and author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls, a collection of linked stories
  • Lizzie Skurnick, author of ten books in the Sweet Valley High, Love Stories and Alias series, and of the memoir, Shelf Life: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

The conference is co-sponsored by the Towson University Professional Writing M.S. Program and the Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Writing Program. Registration is $95 for general admission and $50 for students. Visit the Baltimore Writers' Conference website for more information.







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