WMU News

Third Coast Writers' Conference is May 11-13

Jan. 12, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Aspiring authors seeking to hone their skills with some of America's most prominent writers will be able to do so at the Third Coast Writers' Conference, Thursday through Sunday, May 11 through 13, at Western Michigan University.

On hand to conduct workshops with conference participants and give public readings of their works will be poets C.D. Wright, Richard Lyons, William Olsen, Nancy Eimers and Martin Walls and fiction writers Rikki Ducornet, Carol Anshaw, Daniel Mueller and Bonnie Jo Campbell. In addition, nonfiction workshops and readings will feature Michael Martone, Harold King and Michael Steinberg.

Conference participants will be selected on the basis of manuscript submissions, which must be received by March 10. To be considered for selection, writers should submit three to five poems or less than 2,500 words of fiction. Participants will be notified of their selection in late March.

The conference registration fee is $175 and due April 11. Housing will be available on the WMU campus for less than $20 per night.

The Third Coast Writers' Conference, now in its 13th year, is sponsored by the Department of English. It is designed as a celebration of literature in which featured writers share their work and insights into the writing process. Those attending are able to enhance and expand their skills by participating in workshops, panel discussions and question/answer sessions with acclaimed writers.

For more information, call (616) 387-2570; email michele.mclaughlin@wmich.edu; visit the Web site at <www.wmich.edu/thirdcoast/conference.html>; or write to the Third Coast Writers' Conference, Department of English, WMU, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5092.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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