Pulitzer Prize Winner Keynote Speaker at Writers' Conference
P. Jones, pictured at left, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book
Critics Circle Award, will be the keynote speaker at the 51st annual
Wesleyan Writers Conference, held on campus June 17-22.
The Writers Conference welcomes experienced writers, new writers and anyone
interested in the writer's craft. One of the leading writers conferences in
the nation, it has launched many writers’ publishing careers, notes Anne
“All of the programs are designed to offer you new perspectives on your work
and the company of other writers who share your interests,” Greene says.
This summer’s program include seminars, informal workshops, guest speakers,
manuscript consultations and publishing advice, as well as quiet time for
writing. Topics include the novel, short story, graphic novels, poetry,
memoir, journalism, long-form nonfiction, writing about social issues,
mixed-media work, and new forms of publishing.
The conference faculty includes some of the nation’s most distinguished
writers and promising new voices: fiction writers Robert Stone, Roxana
Robinson, Alexander Chee, Richard Bausch, Paul LaFarge, and Josip Novakovich;
poets Honor Moore, Laura Cronk, and Sherwin Bitsui; journalists Lis Harris,
Jonathan Schell, Gayle Pemberton, Jennifer Gonnerman, Katha Pollitt and
George Packer; and several panels of editors and agents. Also musician and
small-press founder Johnny Temple, Allison Lorentzen of the award-winning
journal N+1, and Ravi Shankar, founder of the Internet poetry
magazine, Drunken Boat.
Three readings are open to the community free of charge:
Author George Packer will speak at 3 p.m. June 20 in the Center for the Arts
Cinema. Packer is the author of The Assasin's Gate: America in Iraq
and is a New Yorker staff writer.
Novelist Robert Stone, winner of the National Book Award, will read from his
best-selling new book, Prime Green: A Memoir of the Sixties, at 4:30
p.m. June 20 in the Center for the Arts Old Cinema.
Edward P. Jones will read from his recent work and answer questions. He
received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle
Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan
Literary Award for his novel, The Known World. He has also published
two award-winning short story collections, most recently All Aunt Hagar's
Children. In 2004 he received a MacArthur Fellowship. Jones will speak
at 8 p.m. June 21 in the Center for the Arts, Old Cinema.
For complete information and registration, go to the Wesleyan Writers
Conference web site:
or contact Anne Greene at 860-685-3604 or
By Olivia Bartlett, The Wesleyan Connection
editor. Photo by Bettina Strauss.