National Non-fiction Writers Conference in Texas

Non-fiction writers who’d like to improve their long-form narrative style and would-be true-story book writers burning to find an agent might want to look into the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest ’08.

Sponsored by the Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism out of the University of North Texas, the weekend conference (July 18-20) is in Grapevine, Texas and offers a hard-working, hard-partying agenda. For instance, the party at the end of the first day’s events starts at 9:45 p.m.

Keynote speaker is N. Scott Momaday, the 1969 Pulitzer Prize winner who is described as the dean of American Indian writers. He will speak on “Harnessing the Magic of Imagination and Mystery in Language.” Other speakers include successful journalists such as John Burnett, roving correspondent for National Public Radio; and book authors including Bob Shachochis, the National Book Award winner for Easy in the Islands.

In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Andy Van De Voorde, the executive associate editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, will be among the speakers.

Prospective authors can set up a meeting in advance with literary agents at the conference. You’ll have 15 minutes to make your pitch and/or get any advice on refining your project.

If interested go to TheMayborn.unt.edu or call 940-565-4564. – Margaret Downing

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