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Northwestern Holds Third Annual Summer Writers' Conference

Northwestern University will come alive with literary activity as fiction writers, journalists, critics, editors, publishers and aspiring literati gather for the third annual “Art and Craft: the Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference.”

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July 24, 2007

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University will come alive with literary activity as fiction writers, journalists, critics, editors, publishers and aspiring literati gather for the third annual “Art and Craft: the Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference.”

The conference will take place Aug. 9-11 in University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Participants may register for the conference for $600 for three days or $225 per day.

As the only event of its kind in the Chicago area, this year's conference includes a keynote speech by Joe Meno (author of “Hairstyles of the Damned” and “Boy Detective Fails”) at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 in Harris Hall, Room 107.

A free public reading by novelists Tara Ison (“A Child Out of Alcatraz” and “The List”) and Naeem Murr (“The Perfect Man,” “The Genius of the Sea” and “The Boy”) will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive with a reception at 5 p.m.

Just two years old, the conference has already grown into a highly anticipated event.

“Since 2005, the conference has grown very much in the way we hoped it would,” said Stephanie Teterycz, director of summer session and special programs. “Most workshops fill to capacity and a number of notable Chicago writers participate and support our mission, giving us hope that 'Art and Craft' is on its way to becoming an important annual event for writers in the region and the country.”

Conference topics include fiction, non-fiction, dramatic writing and writing for children. Workshops and panels will be tailored to new writers, established writers and anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the craft and business of writing.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn everything from how to generate ideas for writing to how to better market and sell their work. There will also be manuscript consultations with workshop leaders.

To register for the conference, completed registration forms and payment must be submitted by July 27 to the Office of the Summer Session, 405 Church St., Evanston.

For more information about the conference or registration, please contact the Office of the Summer Session at summer@northwestern.edu or (847) 491-3443.