Chilly wet days like today make me glad I’m a writer.  Unlike sunny days, today I don’t feel as bad staying inside reading or writing or thinking literary thoughts.  This weekend is supposed to be wet and chilly too, which is perfect weather for staying indoors with writers talking about writing and doing other writerly things.  If you’re like me and cool, damp weather makes you stay in, you’re in luck because the Conversations and Connections Conference will be held this Saturday!

Conversations and Connections began four years ago as a project between three friends Julie Wakeman-Linn, Dave Housley, and Susan Muaddi Darraj.  Julie was, at the time, the editor-in-chief of the Potomac Review; Dave is a co-founder and the fiction editor of Barrelhouse, and Susan is the managing editor at the Baltimore Review.  The three envisioned a writing conference that offered practical advice and focused on the one goal all writers share:  getting published.  They created a one-day conference that features craft panels, a keynote speaker, and something unique to C&C:  speed dating with editors.  That’s right, your $65 registration fee includes a day of workshops, a subscription to a lit mag, a book of your choice, and a one-on-one session with an editor of a literary journal.  (Of course, you can pay to have time with more than one editor.)

Here’s a list of the literary magazines and presses that will be at the conference:

  • Baltimore Review
  • Barrelhouse
  • Big Lucks
  • Chesapeake Reader
  • The Collagist
  • Emprise Review
  • Everyday Genius
  • Gargoyle
  • Gettysburg Review
  • JMWW
  • Lines + Stars
  • Moon Milk Review
  • Necessary Fiction
  • No Tell Motel
  • Noo Journal
  • Poet Lore
  • Potomac Review
  • Smartish Pace
  • Smokelong Quarterly
  • Twelve Stories
  • Atticus Books
  • Cow Heavy Books
  • Entasis Press
  • Magic Helicopter Press
  • No Tell Books
  • Publishing Genius
  • Tangled Web Press

C&C will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9:30-4:45 at D.C.’s Johns Hopkins University campus, 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW.  Dupont Circle metro.  See you Saturday!


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