Registration open for Nebraska Summer Writers Conference

Registration open for Nebraska Summer Writers Conference

Since 2001, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference has brought some of the nation's most acclaimed authors and influential publishing professionals to UNL.

Registration is open for the 2010 conference, June 12-18 on the UNL campus, featuring workshops in poetry, novels, short fiction, memoir, cartoon, children's books and publishing.

The conference will also offer "dialogues" with visiting authors. These will be informal gatherings at various locations, in which authors will read from their work, discuss their influences and answer questions about their poetry, fiction or memoirs. These dialogues are free and open to the public.

The conference will also offer three "professionalization" sessions on developing a writing career. Topics for these sessions are: "Before the Book," harnessing the Internet to find readers, build a platform, and establish an online presence; "The Art of Discovery," a conversation with Jill Lamar of Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers program; and "The Poetry Editor," insights into small presses, book contests, publishing online and other poetry publishing endeavors.

The summer's conference faculty includes authors Meghan Daum ("Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House"), Curtis Sittenfeld ("American Wife," "Prep"), Sigrid Nunez ("The Last of Her Kind"), Hilda Raz ("All Odd and Splendid"), Grace Bauer ("Retreats & Recognitions"), Benjamin Percy ("Refresh, Refresh"), Jeffrey Koterba (Omaha World-Herald editorial cartoonist, author of "Inklings"), Zachary Schomburg ("Scary, No Scary" and co-editor of Octopus Books), Mark Sarvas ("Harry, Revised"), award-winning mystery writer Harley Jane Kozak, Kate Bernheimer ("The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum") and publishing professionals Lauren Cerand (publicity) and Mollie Glick (agent).

For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://nebraskawriters.unl.edu or call (402) 472-3067.