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First Conference on Peace Corps writers set for September
On the weekend of September 2729, Fishtrap, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting clear thinking and good writing in and about the West. will host a weekend of Peace Corps writers. (You can read more about Fishtrap in this issue.) While we have held writing workshops at NPCA Conferences, and RPCV writers have done readings, this is the first event that is focused on writers and writings by RPCVs as a literary event.
RPCVs and friends of the Peace Corps will meet in Enterprise, Oregon for the weekend. Featured RPCV writers are: Peter Chilson (Niger 198587), creative writing professor at Washington State University and a Fishtrap writer-in-residence in 2001; yours truly, John Coyne (Ethiopia 196264); Rich Wandschneider (Turkey 196567), creator and director of Fishtrap, and Richard Wiley (Korea 196769), head of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada. These writers and others will spend the weekend discussing Peace Corps writing and helping writers turn their journals, novels, poetry, and stories into publishable prose.
This special weekend is open to teachers, librarians, and serious readers and writers. You need not be a published writer however. The weekend is limited to the first 80 people who sign up.
The weekend will begin with an overview and discussion of what Peace Corps writers have written and how it has been published. Time will be set aside to gather by genre of interest fiction, poetry, non-fiction and by times and places of service. Wiley, Chilson, Wandschneider and others will point out ways to pursue the various avenues of writing: workshops, academic programs, agents, magazines, grants, and publishing opportunities for those who have a story or novel in progress. This will be a weekend of practical advice on getting published as well as a time to share stories of the Peace Corps experience.
The registration fee is $100 and includes meals. Housing which is not included is available in nearby motels and campgrounds. The weekend begins with dinner Friday at 6 PM and runs through Sunday brunch.
For details on the weekend, email Rich Wandschneider at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-426-3623.
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