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Marymount Manhattan College

exclusive report-writing workshops:: :: Manhattan's intensive writing conference, MMC's annual event for the publishing industry ::

The MMC Writers' Conference

Attend the
Marymount Manhattan College
(One Day)
Writers' Conference

(Four Day) Writers' Intensive

Conference begins
June 7, 2004

MMC - Creative Writing Program
221 East 71 Street, New York 10021
Ph: 212 774 0780
Fx: 212 774-079

:: "For writers it's an opportunity to learn more
about the writing business and get tips about all genres."

- Elfrieda Abbe, The Writer magazine

Look for a complete report by our Manhattan correspondent (Julie Farin) on MMC's annual publishing event in the winter issue of WordSmitten Quarterly Journal.

For more information
or to register this week,
call (212) 774-0780.

Register online at www.mmce.edu and if you register early, get a discount.

If you missed the early registration, the regular event fee is $175.00 for participants for the one-day writing conference. Call for the event fees for the four-day Writers' Intensive workshops.

During a previous conference,
keynote speaker and noted author Russell Banks brought participants at The Marymount Manhattan College Writer's Conference to a
fork-stopping hush during lunch.

Last year's featured speaker was OSCAR HIJUELOS
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and
A Simple Habana Melody

Who knows what Booker Prize-winning Peter Carey will do this year, but the author of OSCAR AND LUCINDA and the TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG may bring the house down with his discourse.

For this year's writing intensives (Monday to Thursday, June 7-10, 2004), industry experts will teach creative writing and panelists will discuss specialized courses on magazine writing, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Editor Jackie Leo’s keynote address will provide insight into magazine editing. She is the former editor of Family Circle Magazine and former editorial director of Good Morning America. Panelists, more than 60 writers, editors, and literary agents, include James Atlas, Alan Furst, Carol Higgins Clark, Joe Finder, John Simon, Julia Glass, Daphne Merkin, Andrew Sarris, and Mollie Haskell.

Thursday, June 10, a daylong writers’ conference (open to the public) begins at 8:30 and continues until 5:00, when a customary gathering of writers and participants meets downstairs to socialize. Writers who attend the late afternoon event often casually pursue more information to guide them to their goal of publishing success.

Panel topics include categories of fiction, memoir, mystery, publicity, editors, literary agents, children's books, magazine writing, and screen writing. Recent panels have included Roy Blount Jr., Stuart Woods, Gay Talese, Alan Furst, Sue Miller, Meg Wolitzer, Susan Orlean, and editors from the New Yorker and the New York Times.

The conference is designed for both experienced and novice writers, and the event has introduced several writers to their future publishers and vice versa, according to Lewis Frumkes, conference organizer and director of Marymount's Writing Center.

Elfrieda Abbe, editor-in-chief of The Writer magazine and a past conference attendee, says the conference is ensconced in an informal, comfortable setting that puts even novices at ease.

"For writers it's an opportunity to learn more about the writing business and get tips about all genres," according to Abbe. "You rarely get such a collection of editors, writers and agents in one place. It's an opportunity for me to talk with editors and agents about publishing trends. You certainly get a lot of different points of view about writing and breaking into the publishing business. When you have a panel of agents who are sharing with you ways to get your manuscript to them - that is invaluable information."

JULIE FARIN attends this event at MMC for us. You'll read her report soon. A true Manhattanite, she brings her extensive knowledge of The City to her writing, her reading, and her busy life. Her career in broadcast news and feature writing spans more than fifteen years and she brings that talent to the pages of WordSmitten (online and print) editions.

Her feature article on the famed Sewanee Writer's Conference appears in our June 2004 issue of the WordSmitten Quarterly Journal. She'll be covering the MMC Writing Conference for us and her report will appear in the winter issue of WSQJ.

When not listening to Shania Twain CDs, Julie Farin appears in exactly the same places where Dorothy Parker's imagination stood.


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