Get the real scoop directly from the people who are making decisions about publishing every day. Conversations and Connections features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses, all of whom will be there to help you take the next step in publishing your work.
Face to face.
Conversations and Connections provides a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, as well as editors and publishers. Our “speed dating with the editors” (one session is included in the registration fee, additional sessions available for $5) is a ten-minute meeting with an editor who will review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis, or a few poems, providing feedback on how you might improve your work or where you might consider sending it.
Something for everyone.
Our participants know the current markets. Whether you’re an experienced writer looking to take the next step, a newcomer looking for the coolest small presses, or anybody else sending your writing out into the world, Conversations and Connections has a panel you need to hear and an editor you need to meet. This year, we’ve updated our format to include more craft lectures and other advanced topics.
It’s Cheap! And You’ll Actually Leave with Stuff.
For a registration fee of only $65 (same as last year), you get the full-day conference, one ticket to “speed dating with the editors,” a subscription to a participating literary magazine, and a book from one of our speakers.
A Solid Reputation
Conversations and Connections was founded in Washington, DC by editors from Barrelhouse and the Baltimore Review. In April 2012, the fifth annual conference was held at the Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Program in Creative Writing location in DC. Past keynotes include Mary Gaitskill, Steve Almond, Stewart O’ Nan, and Sam Lipsyte.