WestportWRITES: "Write Your World" Mini-Conference

Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Chavisa Woods

Nikki Woolfolk

Stephen Graham Jones

WestportWRITES 2017 continues with a mini-conference exploring writing that celebrates a more inclusive world. Preceding every mini-conference, there is a Writers Survival Camp at noon (register online) that focuses on activities to help you survive the writing life. 

The day will feature a keynote by author and Lambda Literary Award finalist Chavisa Woods (Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country). Novelist and Chocolatier Nikki Woolfolk will present an interactive workshop exploring race and representation in storytelling.

And author Stephen Graham Jones (Mapping the Interior, My Hero, After the People Lights have Gone Off) will join us via Skype. 

Writers Survival Camp is a monthly feature of the WestportWRITES mini-conferences, focusing on interactive activities to help you survive the writing life. This month, we’re filling our backpack with everything we need to approach the blank page with confidence and creativity. Register online.

WestportWrites is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level.This program is in special memory of Westport illustrator Tracy Sugarman, civil rights and social justice activist.

Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a fall 2018 writers’ conference.

Speaker bios:

Brooklyn-based author, Chavisa Woods, was born and raised in a rural farm-town in Southern Illinois. Her work primarily focuses on the lives of the working-class and rural poor, and those who find themselves in places where they very much do not belong; often, the places they were born and raised. Chavisa Woods’ third work of fiction, Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short stories, 200 pages) was released by Seven Stories Press in May of 2017. Woods was the recipient of the 2014 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2010 Lambda Literary Award for fiction, and was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging authors. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Tin House, LitHub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya and others.

Nikki Woolfolk is a professional chocolatier, author and active member of Sister in Crime, Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. Nikki enjoys pulling readers into a humor-filled into a spectacular cogged and geared world. While sought after for her informative Chocolate Tasting sessions at conventions, Nikki also uses her polymath talents to pen articles on the craft of writing, apply her computer science training to her New Adult Blerd Grrl series (Now That Your Joystick’s Broke), and her culinary and aviation knowledge to create a sleuth chef that cooks up Steampunk adventures under a dirigible-filled sky. (Mise en Death: A LeBeau Chocolates Adventure (Bittersweet Mystery #1), Riveted: A Collection of Steampunk Tall Tales).

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels and six story collections, and, so far, one comic book. Stephen’s been an NEA recipient, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, has won a few This is Horror Awards, and he’s been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Award a few times each. He’s also made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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