Go Somewhere Warm in Winter to Write

September 4, 2010

This looks like a good writing conference. It takes place at the beautiful and inspiring Atlantic Center for the Arts right near the beach. Being at the beach around writers in the winter sounds pretty good to me.

2nd Annual Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference

January 9 – 15, 2011

The 2nd Annual Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference is January 9 – 15, 2011. Hosted by Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, featuring Nick Flynn in memoir; Mark Doty in poetry; and Mary Gaitskill in fiction.

Applicants may register with one of the faculty, and participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 12 positions available with each faculty member. The schedule offers daily 2.5 hour workshops in the mornings, with afternoons of open studio time for writing, as well as craft discussions on a range of topics. Evenings are set aside for readings by the faculty, a special guest reading by Paul Lisicky, and an open mic event where participants can share their work. Also on offer are individual 30-minute conferences with your chosen faculty. All faculty readings are free and open to the public.

Please visit www.bfawwc.com for more information.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Information: 386.427.6975, ext. 16


Mark Doty, the only American poet to have won Great Britain’s T. S. Eliot Prize, is the author of six books of poems. The first, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987. His third collection, My Alexandria (1993), received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Since then he has published Atlantis (1995); Sweet Machine (1998); Source (2001); and the critically acclaimed volume of poems, School of the Arts (2005), HarperCollins. In 2008, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published, and won the National Book Award for 2008. He is the author of three memoirs: Heaven’s Coast (1996), Firebird (1999), and Dog Years (2007). His interest in the visual arts is evident not only in his poems but also in his book-length essay “Still Life with Oysters and Lemon” (2001).

Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002). His newest book, a memoir entitled The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment was recently released by Norton. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review. He worked as a “field poet” and as an artistic collaborator on the film “Darwin’s Nightmare,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. One semester a year, he teaches at the University of Houston and spends the rest of the year elsewhere.

Awarding-winning author Mary Gaitskill is best known for delivering powerful stories of dislocation, longing, and desire with prose that “glides lightly over unsoundable depths” [Village Voice]. She is the author of the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and L.A. Times Book Award. She is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998. Bad Behavior, now a classic, made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and established her as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature. Her newest collection of stories is titled Don’t Cry (2009): “Written with her distinctive, uncanny combination of bluntness and high lyricism, Don’t Cry takes its place among artworks of great moral seriousness.” [Bomb Magazine]

Special Guest reading by Paul Lisicky:

Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy and Famous Builder, both published by Graywolf Press, and the forthcoming novel, The Burning House (Etruscan Press, 2011) and set of short prose pieces, Unbuilt Projects (Four Way Books, 2012). Recent work appears in Five Points, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, Subtropics, The Seattle Review, The Pinch, and in the anthologies Truth in Nonfiction and Naming the World. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Henfield Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Winter Fellow. He has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Antioch University Los Angeles. He currently teaches at NYU and in the low residency MFA program at Fairfield University. He lives in New York City. His website is http://www.paullisicky.com/.

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