URI to host annual writing conference, June 23-25

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Prize-winning authors, intensive workshops, master classes featured

KINGSTON, R.I. –April 22, 2011– Searching for a direction for your writing talents? Set your GPS to University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus on Thursday June 23, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25. The University’s annual Ocean State Summer Writing Conference will help break down those writing roadblocks and help you map out where you want to go and how you can get there. For a complete schedule of events or to register, go to http://www.uri.edu/summerwriting/.

You’ll get expert advice from the experts. Jennifer Egan, novelist, journalist and author of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book A Visit from the Goon Squad, is one of the keynote speakers.

“If you’re only planning to attend one writing conference this year, choose this one,” says prize-winning poet Peter Covino in the University’s English Department who directs the conference.

The conference features workshops in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Master classes, craft seminars, sessions on “The Writing Life” and publishing are part of the mix. One-on-one consultation and manuscript evaluation will also be available.

The conference has varied costs for its offerings. However, the keynote presentations, free and open to the public, will combine talk and readings, with time for questions and answers. All presentations will be given in Swan Hall Auditorium, 60 Upper College Road, URI Kingston Campus.

In addition to Egan, Robert Stone, a National Book Award-winning author of seven novels, including A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls, and last year’s story collection, Fun with Problems, is also a keynote speaker.

Tomaz Salamun, considered Slovenia’s greatest living poet, will also be a keynote speaker. He is the author of 37 books. His work has been translated into 19 languages. Blue Tower, his latest, is due out this year.

“Our conference continues to have a non-threatening and easygoing, accessible energy,” says Covino. “Writing and publishing books is important, of course, but creating a community to sustain your work and read your books is even more crucial. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with others and develop a network of support.”

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Jennifer Egan by ©Pieter M. Van Hattem/Visalux

Robert Stone by Phyllis Rose

Tomaz Salamun by ©Kari Klemela