Monday, March 18, 2013

Anita Diamant Will Keynote Writers' Weekend at Mark Twain


Anita Diamant
Writers in many genres and all levels of experience can immerse themselves in the craft at The Mark Twain House and Museum Friday evening, April 26, through Sunday afternoon, April 28, as the museum holds its Second Annual Writers' Weekend.

Anita Diamant, bestselling author of the novels "The Red Tent," "Good Harbor" and "The Last Days of Dogtown," as well as the collection of essays "Pitching My Tent" will be the keymote speaker Friday evening, in coversation with program Director Julia Pistell. 

The next day those taking part can participate in a range of sessions -- from honing a novel they're working on to hearing about the joys and pitfalls of blogging to attending a Playwrights' Panel with David Grimm (The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue) , David Lindsay-Adaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People) and Theresa Rebeck (Seminar).

The Writers' Weekend will conclude on Sunday with more sessions and a talk by Davy Rothbart, author, filmmaker, contributor to NPR's "This American Life," and editor/publisher of Found magazine.

Among authors slated to lead hourlong sessions are Novelist Jon Clinch ("Finn," "The Thief of Auschwitz"); no fewer than two mystery authors (David Handler and Christopher Knopf); Writing at the Mark Twain House faculty including memoirist and biographer Susan Campbell ("Dating Jesus"), novelist Susan Schoenberger (A Watershed Year) and novelist and memoirist Mary-Ann Tirone Smith ("Girls of Tender Age"); and a dozen more. There will be sessions on fiction, non-fiction , memoir, romance writing, poetry, travel writing, blogging, the business of getting published, and new forms of storytelling unleashed by the Internet. 

The event will run 7 to 9 pm Friday, April 26; 8 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 27; and8 am to 1 pm Sunday, April 28. 

The cost of the Second Annual Writers' Weekend is $150. This includes the Friday night reception and lecture, all Saturday and Sunday sessions, coffee and refreshments, and a Saturday box lunch. Participants will also receive a voucher good for a tour of the Mark Twain House at any time. Space is limited to 150 participants, so advance registration and payment is a must: Call 860-280-3130 to register.   www.facebook.com/MarkTwainHouse.

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