The 33rd annual American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Conference will be held from October 20 to October 24 at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia. The conference features panels, lectures, and bilingual readings. Participants include translators Martha Collins, Kimiko Hahn, Idra Novey, and Roger Sedarat, and publishers Matvei Yankelevich and Anna Moschovakis of Ugly Duckling Presse and Jeffrey Yang of New Directions Press. The cost of the conference is $100 ($70 for seniors and $50 for students). Single-day passes are available for $50 per day. Hotel rooms are $189 per night until September 28. Registration is first come, first served. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
ALTA Conference, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, JO51, Richardson, TX 75080-3021. (972) 883-2093. Lindy Jolly, Contact.
The Atlantic Center for the Arts offers residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 69-acre ecological preserve of pine forests and palmettos in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Residents are provided with studio space and technical support to write without interruption, and participate in two-hour weekday meetings with fellow residents and a Master Artist. The February 21 to March 13, 2011, residency is for poets and prose writers and the Master Artist is Victoria Redel. The fee for the residency is $850, which includes lodging and meals. Financial aid is available. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, a resume, and a personal statement with a $25 application fee by October 15. Visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program, 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. (368) 427. 6975. Jim Frost, Program and Marketing Manager.
The 19th annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference will be held on November 20 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The program, sponsored by CityLit Project, Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University, offers seminars on writing and publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and writing critiques by published writers and industry professionals. Participants include fiction writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Geoffrey Beeker, and James Magruder, and creative nonfiction writer Michael Downs, and editor Rob Spillman of Tin House. The cost of the conference is $95, or $50 for students. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
Baltimore Writers’ Conference, c/o English Department, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252. (410) 704-5196. Geoffrey Becker, Contact.
The ninth annual Brattleboro Literary Festival will be held from September 30 to October 3 in Brattleboro, Vermont. The festival includes a series of readings and panels held at different venues located on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. Participating writers include poets David Budbill, Josephine Dickinson, Nick Flynn, Geoff Hewitt, Marilyn Nelson, Ravi Shankar, and Cynthia Zarin; fiction writers Rebecca Chace, Allegra Goodman, Sheila Kohler, and Helen Simonson; and creative nonfiction writer Mary Childers. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Web site for more information.
Brattleboro Literary Festival, P.O. Box 1116, Brattleboro, VT 05346-1116. (802) 365-7673. Sandy Rouse, Contact.
The fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be held on September 12 at Borough Hall and Columbus Park in Brooklyn, New York. Related events will be held from September 10 to September 12 at various venues throughout Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Bell House, Brooklyn Public Library, powerHouse Books, St. Francis College, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The festival features readings, panels, and a book fair featuring over 100 authors. Participants include poets Martin Espada, Ada Limon, and Tracey K. Smith; fiction writers Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Lethem, and Rakesh Satyal; and creative nonfiction writers Sloane Crosley, Nick Flynn, and Terese Svoboda. All events are free and open to the public. Call or visit the Web site for more information.
Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 802-3852. Liz Koch, Contact.
The 21st annual Chicago Humanities Festival will be held from October 24 to November 14 at venues throughout Chicago, including the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The theme for the 2010 festival is “The Body.” Participating writers include poet Thomas Lynch, fiction writer Rebecca Goldstein, and creative nonfiction writer Leslie Marmon Silko. Tickets to most events are $5 to $20 in advance (many are free for students and teachers). Visit the Web site for more information.
Chicago Humanities Festival, 500 North Dearborn Street, Suite 825, Chicago, IL 60654. (312) 661-1028, ext. 17.
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference will be held from October 22 to October 25 at the Round House Lodge in Colrain, Massachusetts. The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Intensive, a smaller retreat targeted to poets who have already attempted to publish a book manuscript, will be held from November 12 to November 15 at the Brandt House in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The conferences, both designed to “set poets with a manuscript-in-progress on a path towards book publication,” feature manuscript preparation workshops, meetings with poetry press editors, panels, and readings. The faculty for both conferences includes poets Joan Houlihan and Fred Marchant, and editors Jeffrey Levine of Tupelo Press and Martha Rhodes of Four Way Books. Tuition is $995 for the October conference and $1,295 for the November conference, which includes lodging and meals. Financial aid is available. Poets with book-length or chapbook-length poetry manuscripts may apply online. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and Intensive, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418. (978) 897-0054. Joan Houlihan, Director.
The first Detroit Michigan Writers’ Retreat will be held from September 17 to September 18 at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The program features readings and workshops in poetry and fiction. Participating writers include poets Edward Hirsch, Thomas Lux, Patricia Smith, and Quincy Troupe. The cost of the retreat is $150. The registration deadline is September 10. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
Detroit Michigan Writers’ Retreat, Springfed Arts, P.O. Box 304, Royal Oak, MI 48068-0304. (248) 589-3913. John Lamb, Director.
Hambidge offers residencies of two weeks to two months to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in March and April on 600 wooded acres in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Up to nine residents can be accommodated at a time. The residencies include a private bedroom, studio space, bath, and kitchen. The residency fee is $150 per week, which includes dinner on weekdays. For residencies in 2011, submit four copies of five to eight poems or up to 30 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, a brief bio, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to the program by the references) with a $30 application fee by September 15. Visit the Web site for an application and more information.
Hambidge Artist Residency Program, P.O. Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. (706) 746-7324, Debra Sanders, Contact.
Hedgebrook offers residencies of two to six weeks to women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 48-acre estate located on Whidbey Island, 35 miles north of Seattle. Up to seven writers at a time are provided with individual furnished cottages and meals. To apply for a residency in 2011, submit six copies of a writing sample of up to 10 pages, a personal essay, and a project proposal with a $25 application fee by September 23. Visit the Web site for an application and more information. Hedgebrook also offers the Women Writers Master Class Retreat Series of weeklong sessions limited to six participants each. The programs include workshops, one-on-one meetings with master instructors, and time to write. The theme of the October 25 to November 1 retreat is “Story,” and the master instructor is fiction writer Theresa Rebeck; the cost of the retreat is $2,000. The theme of the November 4 to November 11 retreat is “Beginnings,” and the master instructor is fiction writer Jane Hamilton; the cost is $2,500. The November 14 to November 21 retreat, “Retraining the Writer’s Mind: A Writing and Meditation Workshop,” will be led by fiction writer Ruth Ozeki; the cost is $2,000. Submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages, a curriculum vitae, and a personal statement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there is no application fee. Call or e-mail for an application and more information.
Hedgebrook, 2197 Millman Road, Langley, WA 98260. (360) 321-4786. Vito Zingarelli, Residency Director.
The 2010 International Festival of Authors will be held from October 20 to October 30 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada. The festival includes readings in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as conversations, panel discussions, and book signings. Participating authors include poets M. T. Kelley, Alison Pick, and Priscila Uppal; fiction writers Michael Cunningham, Paul Harding, Jonathan Franzen, Andrea Levy, Yann Martel, Anchee Min, and Jane Urquhart; and creative nonfiction writer Ian Brown. The cost for most events is $18 Canadian (approximately $17), and $15 Canadian (approximately $14) for IFOA members. Entry is free for students. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
International Festival of Authors, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON MSJ 2G8, Canada. (416) 973-4760.
The 60th biannual Big Apple Conference, sponsored by the International Women’s Writing Guild, will be held from October 16 to October 17 at the National Arts Club in New York City. Open to men and women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, the conference includes opportunities to meet with authors and agents. The cost, which includes lunch, is $205 for both days ($180 for IWWG members), $135 for Saturday only ($125 for members), or $135 for Sunday only ($125 for members). Participants may attend Sunday events individually; the Open House: Meet the Authors panel is $60 ($50 for members), and the ()pen House: Meet the Agents panel is $85 ($75 for members). Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
International Women’s Writing Guild Conference, P.O. Box 810, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028. (212) 737-7536. Hannelore Hahn, Executive Director.
The eighth annual James River Writers Conference will be held from October 8 to October 9 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. The conference includes meetings with agents, lectures, and panel discussions featuring poets Temple Cone and Joshua Poteat, fiction writers Clifford Garstang and William Henry Lewis, and editor Heather Lazare of Three Rivers Press. The cost of the conference is $175 ($195 after September I). Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
James River Writers Conference, 320 Hull Street, #136, Richmond, VA 23224. (804) 433-3790. Anne Westrick, Administrative Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 29th annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held on November 13 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort.
The festival promoting literacy and a love of reading in the commonwealth includes symposiums and book signings by approximately 150 recently published authors. All events are free and open to the public. Call or visit the Web site for more information.
Kentucky Book Fair, P.O. Box 715, Frankfort, KY 40602. (502) 564-8300.
Residencies of two weeks to two months are offered from March through June and September through November at Ledig House, a writers colony situated on 300 acres in the Hudson River Valley town of Omi, New York. Up to 20 poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators can be accommodated during each session. The residencies include room and board and opportunities to meet with New York City publishing professionals. Submit a copy of recently published work or an unpublished 10-page writing sample, a short biography, a one-page project proposal, and a letter of recommendation by October 20. There is no application fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Ledig House International Writers’ Residency Program, Art Omi, 55 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10003. (212) 206-6027. email@example.com
MacDowell Colony offers residencies of up to two months from February through May to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 450-acre estate near Mr. Monadnock in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Writers are provided with room and board. For residencies in 2011, submit 6 to 10 poems or up to 25 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction and a description of a proposed project with a $30 application fee by September 15. Applications are accepted only via the online submission system. Travel aid and personal expense grants are available based on need. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. (603) 924-3886. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Millay Colony for the Arts provides monthlong residencies from April through November to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at Steepletop, the former estate of Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, New York. Each residency, awarded by jury process, includes a private room, studio, and meals. For residencies in 2011, submit six copies of up to 10 poems or no more than 30 pages of prose, a brief project proposal, and a $35 application fee by October 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
Millay Colony for the Arts, P.O. Box 3, Austerlitz, NY 12017-0003. (518) 392-3103. Calliope Nicholas, Residency Director.
The 11th annual Montana Festival of the Book will be held from October 28 to October 30 at venues in downtown Missoula. The festival offers readings, workshops, performances, and panels. Participating writers include poets Lowell Jaeger and Melissa Kwasny and fiction writers Rick DeMarinis, Benjamin Percy, and Brady Udall. Most events are free and open to the public. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
Montana Festival of the Book, Montana Committee for the Humanities, 311 Brantly, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. (406) 243-6022. Kim Anderson, Associate Director.
The 2010 National Book Festival will be held on September 25 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The program features readings and presentations by authors that include poets Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson and fiction writers Isabel Allende, Chang-rae Lee, Jane Smiley, and Scott Turow. All events are free and open to the public. Call or visit the Web site for more information.
National Book Festival, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20540-1400. (888) 714-4696. email@example.com
The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center provides residencies of two to four weeks from January through June to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in New York Mills, Minnesota. Writers are provided with living and studio space. For residencies in 2011, submit five copies of up to 12 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, a resume, a project description, a brief biography, and two letters of recommendation by October 1. There is no application fee. E-mail or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, 24 North Main Avenue, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567. (218) 385-3339. Heather Cassidy, Retreat Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2010 Nimrod Awards Celebration and Writing Workshop, “Spinning Legends, Telling Truths,” will be held from October 22 to October 23 at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. The program, presented by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, features readings, master classes, panel discussions, individual editing sessions with faculty, and workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Participating writers include poets Jim Barnes, Margo Berdeshevsky, and Molly Peacock; fiction writers Colum McCann and David Wroblewski; and the winners of the Nimrod Literary Awards. The cost is $50. Financial aid is available. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
Nimrod Awards Celebration and Writing Workshop, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. (918) 631-3080. Ellis O’Neal, Managing Editor.
The seventh annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held from January 17 to January 22, 2011, at the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach, Florida. The festival offers intermediate and advanced workshops, craft talks, readings, and panels. The faculty includes poets Stuart Dischell, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C. D. Wright, and Dean Young. Tuition is $725 ($350 for auditors). Submit three poems with a $25 application fee and a $200 tuition deposit by November 2. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Palm Beach Poetry Festival, 3199 B-3 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. (561) 868-2063.
The fifth annual San Diego City College International Book Fair will be held from October 1 to October 2 at the Saville Theatre on the San Diego City College campus. The festival offers readings, as well as panels for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year’s participants include poets Rae Armantrout and Luis J. Rodriguez, fiction writers Benjamin Alire Saenz, and creative nonfiction writer Danzy Senna. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Web site for more information.
San Diego City College International Book Fair, San Diego City College, 1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. (619) 388-3596. Virginia Esealante, Director. email@example.com
The 2011 San Miguel Poetry Week will be held from January 2 to January 7, 2011, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The program offers lectures, readings, and workshops in poetry. Faculty and guest readers include poets Jennifer Clement and Tony Hoagland. Tuition is $500; registration is $200. A room at the Posada de Las Monjas, the preferred hotel of San Miguel Poetry Week, is approximately $300 per week. Submit up to four pages of poetry with a $25 application fee by November 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
San Miguel Poetry Week, P.O. Box 171, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276. (212) 673-4221.
The 2011 Sirenland Writers Conference will be held from March 27 to April 2, 2011, at the Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, Italy, located 35 miles south of Naples on the Amalfi Coast. The conference offers readings, panels, and workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction. The faculty includes fiction writers Peter Cameron, Dani Shapiro, and Jim Shepard, and One Story editor Hannah Tinti. Tuition is 2,500 euros (approximately $3,100), which includes lodging and some meals. Using the online submission system, submit a letter of intent and up to 30 pages of prose between September 15 and October 31. There is no application fee. Visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
Sirenland Writers Conference, P.O. Box 248, Bethlehem, CT 06751. (860) 868-9170. Michael Maren, Contact.
The 2010 Summer Literary Seminars-Kenya will be held from December 3 to December 21 in Nairobi and on Lamu Island. The conference includes readings; lectures; roundtable discussions; meetings with local artists and writers; tours of the country; and workshops in poetry and fiction. The faculty includes poets Cornelius Eady and Ed Pavlic and fiction writers Catherine Bush, Lynn Coady, and Binyavanga Wainaina. During the second week of the conference, participants will travel to Lanm Island off Kenya’s northern coast, where hotels range from $30 to $60 per night. The program fee, which does not include travel, accommodations, or meals, is $2,250, or $1,450 for the Kenya Between the Lines lecture series only. Hotel rooms in Nairobi range from $50 to $65 per night. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or 25 to 30 pages of prose with a deposit of $150. Applications sent after October 15 must include an additional $300 deposit, and full payment is due on November 1. The deadline for registration is November 5. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
Summer Literary Seminars-Kewa, English Department, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West LB 683.03, Montreal QC H3G 1M8, Canada. (514) 848-2424, ext. 4632. Mike Spry, Programs Coordinator.
The 15th annual Texas Book Festival will be held from October 16 to October 17 on the State Capitol grounds in Austin. The event features panels, book signings, and a book fair. All events are free and open to the public. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
Texas Book Festival, 610 Brazos, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701. (512) 477-4055.
Vermont Studio Center
The Vermont Studio Center offers one-to three-month residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in Johnson, a village in the Green Mountains. Composed of 30 historic buildings on the banks of the Gihon River, the center provides time and space to write, as well as readings by and conferences with two visiting writers each month. Tuition for four weeks is $3,750, including room and board. Financial aid is available. The application deadline for full fellowships is October 1. Submit three copies of up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 15 pages of prose, a resume, and contact information for three references with a $25 application fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.
Vermont Studio Center, P.O. Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656. (802) 635-2727. Gary Clark, Writing Program Director.
The 25th annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference will be held from October 1 to October 3 in Edmonds, Washington. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, book signings, and manuscript critiques. The faculty includes poets Janee Baugher, Willa Schneberg, and Sarah Zale; fiction writer Paula Coomer; and creative nonfiction writers Nick O’Connell and Barbara Sjoholm. The registration fee is $116 before September 9 and $139 thereafter. A daily rate of $72 is also available. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.
Write on the Sound, Frances Anderson Center, 7o0 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020. (425) 771-0228. Kris Gillespie, Conference Coordinator.