URI’s conference adds screenwriting, publishing workshops

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KINGSTON, R.I. –June 10, 2010–The 2010 University of Rhode Island Ocean State Writing Conference, which runs Thursday, June 24 through Saturday, June 26 continues to grow and expand its offerings. This year, the conference added a screenwriting master workshop and a publishing and editing workshop. Also new is a craft session about writing for young adults and another session on playwriting and dialogue.

“Each year we ask our conference participants what workshops, panels, or subjects they would like to see addressed at future conferences,” says Prize-winning Poet Peter Covino of URI’s English Department. “We try to respond by shaping our conference offerings to meet their needs.”

The 2010 conference will again provide workshops, panels, seminars and more in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For a complete schedule and registration go to http://www.uri.edu/summerwriting/. Writers of all ages and talents are welcome.

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

Friday, June 25 at noon: Julia Glass, author of three novels, including Three Junes, winner of a National Book Award. Her book, The Widower’s Tale will be forthcoming this September.

Friday, June 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Wayne Koestenbaum, winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award, is author of five nonfiction books, five books of poetry, and a novel.

Saturday, June 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Jacqueline Osherow, a Guggenheim winner, has authored five books of poetry.