4 ways to improve your writing

The 2017 Nimrod Write Night and Conference for Readers and Writers will offer expert advice for writers of all stripes, Oct. 20-21.


Whether you’re wanting to learn how to write dialogue for your fanfic or you need an agent to help publish your contemporary novel, Nimrod’s Write Night and Conference for Readers and Writers is for you. Locals and out-of-staters can meet with authors, editors and agents to learn more about the art of writing and getting published.

Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry will be hosting the conference Oct. 20 and 21 at the Tulsa Garden Center and The University of Tulsa. The conference will feature over 30 award-winning writers and editors. The event is designed to stimulate ideas and discussion to improve participants’ own writing.

“For seven years and counting, the Nimrod conference scholarship program has allowed my creative writing students access to a community to which they long to belong: ‘real writers,’ as one of my students describes it,” says Michelle Weisman, associate professor of English at College of the Ozarks. “I can think of no more valuable experience for a student writer than to enter into the discourse of writers in this tangible way.”

So, here are 4 tangible ways these aspiring writers (and you too!) can hone your craft this weekend.


1. Engage with award-winning authors.

Interact and learn from award-winning authors on a personal level at the Write Night on Oct. 20 at the Tulsa Garden Center. It is free and open to the public and will include an author reception as well as an author chat Laura van den Berg and Jericho Brown.

Berg is the 2017 final judge of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her first novel “Find Me” was selected as a “Best Book of 2015” by NPR, Time Out New York, Buzzfeed and more. Brown is the 2017 final judge of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and is a winner of the American Book Awarded and author of “The New Testament” and “Please.” The other authors attending the reception include fiction writer Keija Parssinen, memoirist Sasha Martin, mystery writer Deborah Crombie and romance writer Tessa Dare.


2. Take in panel discussions.

The Writing Workshop on Saturday Oct. 21 will be at The Allen Chapman Activity Center at TU and will feature two panel discussions. One of the panels will be "Digging In: Writing Through the Hard Parts" with Jericho Brown, Jessica Cavero, Deborah Crombie, Sasha Martin, Mary Moore, Keija Parssinen, Laura van den Berg.

The other panel will be an editing and publishing Q&A with Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sandra Hunter, Eilis O’Neal, Alexa Stark, Mark Wagenaar. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive a variety of answers from experts on different aspects of writing and publishing.


3. Get notes from an editor.

Other events that day will include readings, lunch, workshops and many editing session, in which participants will have the chance to sit down one-on one with a Nimrod editor to discuss their work.


4. Attend master classes and workshops.

There will be a wide variety of master classes on writing poetry, fiction, memoir, mystery, romance and more. The workshops and master classes will encourage dialogue and many will include writing exercises.

"The Nimrod conference brings together a friendly and devoted community of writers for a variety of practical workshops suited to all kinds of writers across the genres,” says Mark Wagenaar, this year’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry winner and previous conference attendee. As a contest winner, Wagenaar will be teaching a class at the conference.


The Awards Celebration will take place at 6 p.m. at TU’s Lorton Performance Center. The cost of Saturday’s conference is $60, which includes workshops, panel discussions, readings, lunch (including vegetarian options), pitch sessions and one-on-one editing sessions. The workshops take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakfast and coffee stations available all day. Full and partial scholarships are available, but each participant must register. TU student receive a reduced fee of $10 for the conference. Staff development credit is available for Tulsa Public Schools teachers.


For registration forms and more information:

Eilis O’Neal at 918-631-3080

e-mail: nimrod@utulsa.edu 

visit the Nimrod websitewww.utulsa.edu/nimrod.


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