Now in its 28th year, WriteAngles is Western New England’s premier conference by writers, for writers. At this one-day gathering, you’ll mix with experienced writers and agents in panel discussions, face-to-face meetings, and in casual networking opportunities. The affordably priced conference fee includes a continental breakfast and a bountiful buffet lunch. The conference is held in Mount Holyoke College’s gracious Willits-Hallowell Center, which features plenty of free parking and handicap accessibility. The full conference schedule is given below. Please note that you do not need to choose in advance which panel you plan to attend in each session.
8:15 to 9:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 to 9:30 am – Morning Keynote Speaker: Pat Schneider (Morrison Room)
NOTE: Individual agent meetings will run concurrently with the morning panels, 9:45 to 12:30, by pre-arranged appointment.
PANEL SESSION I – 9:45 to 11:00 am (Choose one)
Hiding in Plain Sight: Creating Fictional Characters from Real People (Andreola Room)
Moderator: Darlene Smith-Ash
Panelists: Corinne Demas, Barbara Diamond Goldin, John Katzenbach
How does an author draw from life to populate fictional worlds? Our panelists explain how they “steal” characteristics of actual people to construct – and disguise – their characters.
Writing the Pain: Turning Personal Crisis into Powerful Memoir (Morrison Room)
Moderator: Jean Marie Ruiz
Panelists: Leigh Newman, Christa Parravani, Anthony Swofford
Each of our three panelists’ lives was upended by agonizing events. In this session, they reveal how they successfully transformed their experiences of devastating loss, senseless violence, willful self-destruction, and treacherous family ties into profoundly insightful literary nonfiction.
Jumping Genres: On Reinventing Yourself as a Writer (Executive Board Room)
Moderator: Joan Axelrod-Contrada
Panelists: Janice Beetle, Debra Immergut, Joan Robb
Our three panelists explain how they created a niche for themselves in today’s competitive marketplace by moving into new genres, increasing their “savvy quotient,” and finding new readers along with new publishing opportunities.
PANEL SESSION II – 11:15 am to 12:30 pm (Choose one)
Raising the Dead: Transforming History into Fiction (Andreola Room)
Moderator: Julie Winberg
Panelists: Linda Cardillo, Donna Russo Morin, Bee Ridgway
Three published authors of historical novels discuss the perils, permutations and pleasures of bringing “what really happened” to life in fiction.
Small Presses, Big Results (Morrison Room)
Moderators: Patricia Lee Lewis, Darlene Smith-Ash
Panelists: Jan Freeman, Susan Kan, Steve Strimer
In the fast-changing marketplace for publishing your poetry, fiction or nonfiction, independent presses offer an attractive middle road between self-publishing and the major houses. Three publishers describe their missions, booklists, submission policies, and how small presses fit into the larger world of publishing.
You’re Not Done Yet: The Pitfalls and Payoffs of Revision (Executive Board Room)
Moderator: Patricia Riggs
Panelists: Dan Drollette, Tzivia Gover, Lisa Drnec Kerr
The first draft is finished, and now you’re facing the rewrites. Don’t despair – our experienced panelists offer tips and strategies on where to start, how to focus and, most important, when to stop.
12:30 to 1:30 pm – Buffet Luncheon
1:30 to 1:45 pm – Celebration of WriteAngles Community Grants (Morrison Room)
1:45 to 2:45 pm – Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Suzy Becker (Morrison Room)
PANEL SESSION III – 3:00 to 4:15 pm (Choose one)
The Agents: Genres, Queries, and Other Key Info for Your Agent Search (Morrison Room)
Moderators: Ellen Meeropol, Jacqueline Sheehan
Panelists: Stephen Barr, Regina Brooks, Erin Harris, Jessica Papin, Joanne Wyckoff
In this year’s new format, five literary agents share the professional skinny on the genres they love and represent, including the important elements they look for in those manuscripts and query letters.
Making Light of the Dark: Humor in Poetry (Executive Board Room)
Moderator: Daisy Mathias
Panelists: Amy Dryansky, Maya Janson, Mary A. Koncel
In a medium often considered somber and rarefied, what is the role of humor in poetry? Panel members discuss how humor is at play in their work as well as in the work of others, including influences and challenges.
4:15 to 4:30 pm – Wrap-up (Morrison Room)
Names will be drawn for attendance prizes; you must be present to win.