Monday, August 27, 2012

Wordcraft -- Roundup of fall writers' conferences

The temperatures have dropped below one hundred, the kids are back in school -- time to look for ways for us to sharpen our writing skills. I’ve found several fall conferences in Texas, including poetry and memoir. Some I’ve attended, some are new to me. I’d appreciate any feedback. And maybe we’ll see each other at a few of these places!

September 15 -- North Texas Christian Writers, Writing for Excellence Seminar on Memoir Magic with memoirist and nonfiction author Mary DeMuth, 9 .m. - 4 p.m., Bethesda Community Church, 4700 North Beach Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76117. Cost is $99 in advance, $109 at the door. I have not attended this, and would appreciate any feedback. See

September 21-23 -- FenCon, a science fiction and fantasy literary and filk convention, at Crowne Plaza North Dallas/Galleria, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas 75001. Places are still available in the writing workshop led this year by author/editor Karl Schroeder. The workshop is Thursday, September 20, in advance of the public convention. Cost is $40 for the workshop plus a convention membership of $40 for adults. No agents, but typically editors, writers, and representatives from small presses. I have attended this several times and found the workshops led by professionals in the genres very helpful. See for details.

September 27 - 30 -- Austin International Poetry Festival, poetry workshops, open mics, a poetry slam, poetry all-nighters and a poetry symposium. At Crystal Auditorium/Nature’s Treasures Community Center, 4013 N. I-35, Austin, Texas 78722. Free for the general public, $40 for attending poets through September 26. See for discounts and late registration. I have not attended this, and would appreciate feedback.

October 5-6 -- Collin Colleges Wordsmithing: Pursuing the Writing Life. At Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093. New this year. Workshops on craft by professional writers, no agents or editors. I plan to attend at least one day, and would also appreciate feedback. Registration is $150 for both days, $75 for Friday only, $100 for Saturday only. See
October 11 -- Literature + Medicine Conference, 5 -7:30 p.m., Fogelson Forum at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, 8176 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75231. The theme is “The Healing Power of Literature in Medicine,“ with keynote remarks by Pulitzer Prize winner Trace Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, about Dr. Paul Farmer. I plan to attend, and would appreciate feedback. Obviously, no agents or editors, but one of the least expensive options at $25, with discounts for students, residents and fellows. For additional information, see

October 12-13 -- Houston Writers Guild conference, Marriott Hotel Sugarland on the Square, 13060 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Craft workshops by authors Nikki Loftin and Margie Lawson. Three agents and one editor attending available. I attended a Houston Writers Guild workshop last spring, including a workshop by Ms. Loftin, and found it helpful. Cost is $150 for both days, $50 for Friday only, $125 for Saturday only. See

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