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Writers' Weekend at the Mark Twain House

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Writers' Weekend at the Mark Twain House

Time: April 26, 2013 at 6pm to April 28, 2013 at 2pm
Location: The Mark Twain House & Museum
Street: 351 Farmington Avenue
City/Town: Hartford
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Phone: 8602470998
Event Type: writing, conference
Organized By: Julia Pistell
Latest Activity: Apr 3, 2013

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Event Description

Anita Diamant Keynotes Second Annual  Writers' Weekend at the Mark Twain House & Museum 


Expanded April 26-28 Event Provides Immersion in the Skills of the Craft at a Great Author's Hartford Home 




HARTFORD, Conn. -- "I have not seen something like this offered in the Hartford area," wrote a participant in last year's Writers' Weekend at The Mark Twain House & Museum. "Workshops may seem like luxuries to many people, but they are often necessary to us. Writing is solitary, but sharing knowledge and experiences with other writers is an important part of our development. I cannot place a monetary value on that part of the experience in that wonderful weekend."


And it's happening again. Starting with a keynote conversation with Anita Diamant,writers in many genres, and all levels of experience, can immerse themselves in the craft at The Mark Twain House & Museum Friday evening, April 26, through Sunday afternoon, April 28, as the museum holds its Second Annual Writers' Weekend.


Within a few hundred yards of America's iconic author's beloved home, participants will hear novelist Anita Diamant (The Red Tent, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day After Night)  keynote the conference on Friday night in conversation with Writing at the Mark Twain House 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) and Theresa Rebeck (Seminar), three distinguished authors whose works have influenced millions.


The 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 outstanding authors. 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 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26; 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.on Saturday, April 27; and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on 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.  


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