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Building a Literary Community

Inspired by romantic images of lonely geniuses in secluded garrets, writers might feel compelled to toil away in isolation, but here’s a provocative idea: what if, by connecting with other writers, you could not only support their work but…
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Publishing: Who Calls the Shots?

Publishing might be notoriously resistant to change, but innovative business models, fresh ways of thinking, and new leadership might (finally?) be shifting the course of this crusty old behemoth. How have self-publishing and hybrid publishing…
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The Art of Translation

To translate an author’s work—staying faithful to their vision, style, and message, in a language not their own—is to assume an awesome responsibility: one that hasn’t always gotten its just due as an art form. Four of today’s most…
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I Am the Dream: Voices of a New Generation

Now in its second year, Write Your Story is an exciting year-long program that brought creative writing masterclasses and artistic mentorship to young women of color, ages 12 to 18, a fantastic collaboration of the festival with Cinnamongirl,…
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Write the Future with 826 Valencia

In this session, you will hear writing from 826 Valencia’s Black Literary Achievement Club (BLAC) about who they are, where they come from, and the issues they care about. BLAC strives to cultivate an intentional space for Black students to…
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What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids

A wider range of Native American issues, stories, and characters than ever before are being represented in books for young people. In this session, hear from debut YA author Jen Ferguson (The Summer of Bitter and Sweet), picture book author…
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How to Write a Mystery

What elevates a mystery beyond the predictable and into the realm of edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-until-3 a.m. enthrallment? Four experts in suspense unravel the secrets to making pages turn and spines tingle. Your mentors in mystery are Dale…
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125 Years of the New York Times Book Review: A Blockbuster Tour

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Tina Jordan will not be able to join us this year. All current ticket holders for this session will receive a replacement Priority Ticket for any other program of their choice at the festival.   It’s…