The 2011 Other Words Conference, sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, will be held at Flagler College again this year. The conference, which will take place Nov. 10-12, welcomes writers, poets, editors, publishers, agents and readers from throughout Florida and the United States.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Writing for an Audience.” Panelists will discuss identifying an audience, writing to a community (artists, children, teens, etc.), writing for public readings, writing to get published in literary journals and writing to get an agent’s attention. The conference will also feature pragmatic, nuts-and-bolts panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing and collaboration.
Creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry and nonfiction will be offered. Workshop faculty include:
• Ira Sukrungruang, author of the memoir “Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy.” His work has appeared in many literary journals including Post Road, The Sun and Creative Nonfiction. He is the editor of “Sweet: A Literary Confection” and teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida.
• Mark Powell, author of the novels “Prodigals,” “Blood Kin” and “The House of the Lord,” forthcoming in 2012. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Collegeville Center and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and, in 2005, was the Vaclav Havel Fellow in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. He holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina as well as an MAR from Yale Divinity School.
• Terri Witek, author of the forthcoming “Exit Island,” “The Shipwreck Dress” (a Florida Book Award medalist), “Carnal World,” “Fools and Crows,” “Courting Couples” (winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Prize) and “Robert Lowell and Life Studies: Revising the Self.” Her collaborations with visual artist Cyriaco Lopes include works on paper, video and site-specific installation. She teaches at Stetson University, where she holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing.
The 2011 conference is dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Leiby, former editor of The Southern Review and a longtime friend to the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.
Evening readings will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Flagler Room and will feature poets and writers including Jenny Browne, Alice Friman, Diane Wakoski, Michael Gills and Carol Frost. All evening readings are free and open to the public.
Visit www.flagler.edu/writers for more information.