-“Are you trying to decide between two workshops?”
-“I really appreciated what you said on the panel.”
-[At reception] “Do you mind if I just put my beer here?”
-[Reading name tag] “Hello, Tom.”
…Four ways to start a conversation with a fellow conference-goer
-Throwbacks coming back: Unedited storytelling, knitting, fermentation
-Child adoption statistics: Where, who, and why around the U.S., a data journalism story
-My memoir about Science Olympiad and snow days in clickable essay form
…Three story ideas I generated this weekend
…Two fragments of a conversation
-“A Short List is made from your experience or research or daily life.
You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the
end what the list WAS. It’s a story, with the title at the end.”
…One explanation Jay Allison gives of his concept
A list of Short Lists inspired by NarrativeArc: Storytelling journalism goes digital
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs brings its annual conference and book fair to D.C. next month. I plan to attend, but definitely need help with choosing sessions. If you’re a student, you can get in for 50 bucks. And as my friend Marina pointed out, in a sense we are all perpetually students.
Apparently, the country is teeming not only with students, but with writers. So many want to attend that the event sprawls between two hotels — the Omni Shoreham and the Marriott Wardman Park.
In other news, I recently found guides to literary markets that other writers might find useful. Media Bistro members can find out where, when, and how to submit personal essays in the three-part Personal Essay Market feature (thank you to Emily from my freelance writing group for that one!) Then there’s Writers and Poets’ (FREE!) guide to literary magazines, searchable by genre. P&W also has a hefty, gratis guide to grants and awards. Also free. (Did I mention that neither of these cost anything?)
If you don’t mind shelling out $40 for the year, you always have Writers Market. I recall very complete listings last time I had a membership. Don’t worry if you aren’t ready to make the investment, though; there’s a free seven-day trial.