Instructors, schedules, and details for our 2009 Writers’ Workshop Program are now online. Poets Billy Collins and Dara Wier will join us again this year to offer their insight and expertise, and we’ll have Mary Morris, Patricia O’Toole, and Alan Cheuse leading workshops which focus on the writing of history and historical fiction. Click here for links to complete information about each of these workshops. We’ll be posting more information about additional workshop opportunities soon, including instructors Alison Lurie, Edward Hower, Bich Min Nguyen, and Porter Shreve.
One of last year’s workshop attendees, Claire Lipschultz, had a story air last week on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered." She worked on it in a workshop with Bich Min Nguyen this past January. You can listen to it here.
Three Scholarships are available to writers, students, and librarians to offset the cost of the Writer’s Workshops. This year, we are particularly interested in supporting emerging historians and writers of historical fiction. Last year’s scholarship winners and Workshop attendees include Nami Mun, whose Miles from Nowhere was subsequently accepted for publication by Riverhead Press; Mehdi Okasi, whose work is forthcoming in the 2009 Best New American Voices anthology; and Kristen-Paige Madonia, whom I recently interviewed, and who will be a Writer in Residence at The Studios of Key West this fall.