Tuesday, January 20, 2015

21 Weeks and Counting Down to SWA's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Workshop

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 Members of SWA continue to shine.

Erika Hoffman is quoted in an article in the "Inkwell" section of Writer's Digest, February 2015. See what she says on page 13! The article discusses writing for small markets. 

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of SWA's Workshop. Join us from June 19th through the 23rd on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Each week from now until the workshop in you, you'll learn more about the faculty, events, and evening socials. This is an educational opportunity and a celebration you won't want to miss. What's better than investing in your writing career by investing in yourself? Add in fun. As a bonus, you'll meet SWA members who are a great resource for everything related to writing.

Here's the amazing faculty line up: 
Agent-in-Residence: Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation -  
Publisher: Maria McGaha – Dancing with Bear 
Publisher: CreateSpace 
Novel: C. Hope Clark 
Nonfiction: Don Vaughn 
Poetry & Flash Fiction: Chris Tusa 
Young Adult: S.R. (Shelli) Johannes
Columns: Darrell Huckaby
Memoir: Dana Wildesmith 

This week we're featuring Fairbank Literary Representation. They seeks manuscripts in these genres: 

Narrative Nonfiction
General Fiction
Literary Fiction
International Voices Mystery
Thrillers (taking on very few)
Works addressing race and class issues
Pop Culture
Architecture and Design
Food and Wine

An introduction to the agency: 
A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author's Guild, and Grub Street's Literary Advisory Board, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily entering its eleventh year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields.

Our tastes tend toward literary and international fiction; the occasional mystery or thriller with a firm sense of place; memoir that goes beyond the me-moir; topical or narrative non-fiction with a strong interest in women’s voices, global perspectives, and class and race issues; quality lifestyle books (food, wine, and design); pop culture; craft; and gift and humor books. We are most likely to pick up works that are of social or cultural significance, newsworthy, or that cause us to take great delight in the words, images or ideas on the page.

Lately we have been doing extremely well in the humor/gift/pop culture category, and we’d love to take on more projects in those categories. We do have a strong sense of humor, but above all, we look for a fresh voice, approach, story, or idea.

If you seek them out at Publishers Market Place, you'll find a list of their leading clients and recent sales/forthcoming books. We look forward to Sorche's return to SWA's workshop. 

Opportunities for Members

I-Park 2015 Creative Writing Program / Application Deadline: February 2, 2015

I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), announces its 2015 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to writers (all genres) looking to expand and enrich their creative practice in a retreat-like, collegial setting – in the company of visual artists, music composers, architects and landscape/garden/ecological designers. Self-directed residencies will be offered from May through November, 2015. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome.

I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in an 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio space and a food program. While the typical residency revolves around studio work, those wishing to integrate the language arts into a site installation will have broad access to I-Park’s expansive grounds.

Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panel. Accepted writers are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invitees.

There will also be a special Environmental Art Program in September, 2015 (residency and exhibition) for which site-responsive language arts proposals will be solicited – details to be announced.

Program details, application form and comprehensive FAQ are available at www.i-park.org. For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Residency Program Manager at info@i-park.org or 860-873-2468.

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