Summer Writers' Conference
June 24 through July 3, 2013
An intensive program of workshops and readings, featuring a staff of nationally-known writers, poets and editors. The series of workshops, lectures and lunch meetings is open to both Rutgers students and the community, though some prior workshop or professional experience is required. It may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit as well as on a non-credit certificate basis. See the course listings for Undergraduate and Graduate course numbers.
SUMMER 2013 CONFERENCE INFORMATION
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ADMISSION AND WORK REQUIREMENTS
The 2013 Summer Writers' Conference features afternoon readings by the staff members and students. These affairs with refreshments begin at 1pm and are free and open to the general public. All readings will be in the Stedman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center.
SUMMER 2013 READING SCHEDULE
- Tuesday, June 25: Jonathan Dee and Maggie Shipstead
- Wednesday, June 26: James Hoch and Karen Karbo
- Thursday, June 27: Emily Raboteau and Tim Siebles
- Friday, June 28: David Livewell and Thaddeus Rutkowski
- Monday, July 1: Marie Arana and Daniel Bergner
- Tuesday, July 2: Jill Bialosky and Paul Lisicky
- Wednesday, July 3: Students from the Program
Please note that the sessions are subject to change. All afternoon readings are free and open to the public. Workshops are open only to conference registrants (individuals may not register for single workshops). Because our MFA Program takes a multi-genre approach, all participating students are invited to attend all sessions.
SCHEDULE FOR 2013
Monday, June 24
11:00-12:00: Orientation session
2:00-4:00: Panel Discussion- Digital Publishing for Writers and Life after the MFA with Mike Ingram, Tom McAllister, and Evan Roskos.
Tuesday, June 25
10:00-12:00: Fiction Workshop: Maggie Shipstead
1:00-2:00: READING - Jonathan Dee and Maggie Shipstead
2:00-4:00: Fiction Workshop: Jonathan Dee
Wedesday, June 26
10:00-12:00: Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Karen Karbo
1:00-2:00: READING - James Hoch and Karen Karbo
2:00-4:00: Poetry Workshop: James Hoch
Thursday, June 27
10:00-12:00: Poetry Workshop: Tim Siebles
1:00-2:00: READING - Emily Raboteau and Tim Siebles
2:00-4:00: Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Emily Raboteau
Friday, June 28
10:00-12:00: Poetry Workshop: David Livewell
1:00-2:00: READING - David Livewell and Thaddeus Rutkowski
2:00-4:00: Craft Workshop - Experimental Fiction with Thaddeus Rutkowski
Monday, July 1
10:00-12:00: Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Daniel Bergner
1:00-2:00: READING - Marie Arana and Daniel Bergner
2:00-4:00: Fiction Workshop: Marie Arana
Tuesday, July 2
10:00-12:00: Craft Workshop: Submitting to Magazines with Paul Lisicky
1:00-2:00: READING - Jill Bialosky and Paul Lisicky
2:00-4:00: Editor Session: Jill Bialosky
Wednesday, July 3
12:00-1:00: Closing Lunch
1:00-2:00: READING - Students from the Program
STAFF FOR 2013
MARIE ARANA began her career in book publishing, where she was Vice President and Senior Editor at both Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster publishers in New York. In 1993, she started work at The Washington Post as Deputy Editor of the book review section, “Book World.” She was promoted to Editor in Chief of that section, a position she held for 10 years. Currently, she is a Writer at Large for The Washington Post and a Senior Consultant at the Library of Congress. She is the author of a memoir, American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award as well as the PEN/Memoir Award, and won the Books for a Better Life Award. She is also the author of two novels and a collection of essays about the writer's craft. Her latest book, a biography of the South American liberator Simón Bolívar, was just published.
DANIEL BERGNER is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of four books of literary nonfiction: The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing; In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa; God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana’s Angola Prison; and the forthcoming What Do Women Want? His books have received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage, and have been named to the Los Angeles Times Best Books and New York Times Notable Books of the year.
JILL BIALOSKY is the Executive Editor of W. W. Norton and Co. publishers. Her collections of poems are Subterranean and The End of Desire. She is also the author of the novels House Under Snow and The Life Room and co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child. Her last book is a memoir, History of a Suicide. She lives in New Yok City.
JONATHAN DEE is the author of five previous novels, most recently The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. His new novel, just published, is A Thousand Pardons. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a National Magazine Award–nominated literary critic for Harper’s, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. He teaches at Columbia University and The New School.
JAMES HOCH prior to joining the faculty at Ramapo College of New Jersey, was a dishwasher, cook, dock worker, social worker and shepherd. His poems have appeared in Washington Post, American Poetry Review, Slate, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. His book, A Parade of Hands, won the Gerald Cable Award. His second is Miscreants. He was the 2008 Resident Poet at The Frost Place and the 2008 Steinhardt Visiting Writer at Rutgers-Newark, and is Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence. He resides in Garrison, NY and Seattle, WA.
MIKE INGRAM is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse Magazine. His own fiction has appeared, most recently, in EPOCH, The Southeast Review, and Monkeybicycle. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he now lives in Philadelphia, where he's an assistant professor in the English department at Temple University.
KAREN KARBO is the author of three novels for adults: Trespassers Welcome Here, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me. She has also penned three books in the Minerva Clark mystery series for children. She has published a memoir, The Stuff of Life, and a work of nonfiction, Generation Ex: Tales from the Second Wives’ Club. She is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series on Katharine Hepburn, Coco Chanel and, most recently, How Georgia Became O'Keeffe. Her book on Julia Child, Julia Child Rules, is being released this Fall. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
PAUL LISICKY has published the novel Lawnboy, the memoir Famous Builder, and the story collection The Burning House. He has also published a book of creative nonfiction, Unbuilt Projects; another nonfiction book, The Narrow Door, is forthcoming. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, Subtropics, and many other magazines and anthologies. He is the New Voices Professor at Rutgers-Camden.
DAVID LIVEWELL won the 2012 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for this book, Shackamaxon (Truman State University Press). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, and other journals, and in his book, Woven Light: Poems and Photographs from Andrew Wyeth’s Pennsylvania. He is a medical editor, has taught poetry at La Salle University, and lives with his wife and children in New Jersey.
TOM MCALLISTER is the author of the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey. He is also the non-fiction editor at Barrelhouse and is the co-host of the Book Fight podcast. His shorter work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, FiveChapters, elimae, Unstuck, and elsewhere.
EMILY RABOTEAU is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter and a work of creative nonfiction, Searching for Zion, named one of the “Best Books of 2013” by The Huffington Post. Her fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-required Reading, Tin House, The Oxford American, The Guardian, Guernica, The Believer and elsewhere. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, The Chicago Tribune’s Nelosn Algren Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and the Howard Foundation. Raboteau teaches creative writing in Harlem at City College.
EVAN ROSKOS lives in New Jersey, a state often maligned for its air and politics but rightly praised for its produce. One of Narrative’s Best New Writers, Roskos’s short fiction has appeared in Granta’s New Voices online feature, as well as in journals such as Story Quarterly, The Hummingbird Review, and BestFiction.org. He has an MA in Literature from Rutgers-Camden and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark. His debut novel is Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2013).
THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI is the author of the innovative novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution's fiction best-seller list. Both Tetched and Roughhouse were finalists for a Members' Choice Asian American Literary Award. He teaches literature at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan. His writing has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.
MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD's first novel, Seating Arrangements, was published last year and has been optioned for a film by Sofia Coppolla. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Missouri Review, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, The Best American Short Stories 2010, and other publications.. "La Moretta," a story published in Virginia Quarterly Review,, was a 2012 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. Maggie is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and a recent resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
TIM SIEBELS is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His latest book, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including: Rainbow Darkness; The Manthology; Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry; Black Nature; Evensong; Villanelles; and Sunken Garden Poetry. His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in Best American Poetry 2010. He is visiting faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program sponsored by the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is a member of the English and MFA in Writing faculty at Old Dominion University.
LISA ZEIDNER, Conference Director, has published five novels, most recently Love Bomb. Her previous novel, Layover, is in development as a film. She has also published two books of poems, one of which, Pocket Sundial, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in GQ, The New York Times, Tin House, and many other publications. She teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden.
ADMISSION & WORK REQUIREMENTS
The Conference is for intermediate and advanced writing students. Writers should have taken at least one creative writing workshop or have some publications or writing experience. Address questions about admission to Lisa Zeidner, Conference Director, at (856) 225-6490 or email: email@example.com. Students interested in the Conference are encouraged to apply early, since space is limited.
Participants will have two pieces of writing reviewed by the staff: one by a visiting writer during the conference, and one by mail afterwards. The length limits for these submissions are:
Fiction and Personal Essay - A minimum of 7 and a maximum of 17 pages double spaced.
Poetry - A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 pages single spaced. Please keep margins to approximately one inch, and font size to the 10-12 pt. range.
Participants should submit the work to the SAKAI system that they wish to be discussed during the conference. The deadline for registration and posting the work is MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013.
All manuscripts should be typed; fiction and essays should be double-spaced. Work must be submitted electronically, in MS Word, PDF or Text File format to the Rutgers Sakai website by no later than June 3, 2013. Login ID is either your RU ID (if you have one) or your email address. You will receive an invitation to the Sakai site when your registration has been completed from Prof. Zeidner. Instructions on uploading papers to the site are available on the site itself.
Please note that Conference participants may only submit work in one genre (poetry, fiction or the personal essay), although they will be encouraged to attend and participate in all workshop sessions.
Those taking the Conference for credit will be required to attend all workshops each day and all evening readings. For course credit, students also submit final work (same length restrictions as above), to be responded to by staff members. Due date for the final work will be Monday, July 29, 2013.
Please note that it is not possible to register for individual workshop sessions.
Dorm accommodations have limited availability in the summer. For more information regarding on-campus housing see the Rutgers-Camden Student Housing website. If you are interested in a hotel room, either in South Jersey or in downtown Philadelphia, please email the Conference Director for
recommendations in the local region. Rutgers-Camden is accessible via a variety of public transportation systems, including NJ Transit buses, the Riverline Light Rail, and the PATCO Hi-Speed Line.
Rutgers-Camden strives to assure access to programs for all people with disabilities. Use the Rutgers-Camden TTY line for information on programs: (856)225-6648. Please notify us at least two weeks in advance of any special needs.
The Conference is open to the community as well as to Rutgers students. Applicants may register in the following ways for the Summer Conference:
50:989:402:D1:90296 - for students who have already taken a Summer Conference for undergraduate credit
56:200:526:D1:91583 - for students who have already taken a Summer Conference for graduate credit
56:200:527:D1:95477 - for students taking the Summer Conference a third time for graduate credit
No Credit (Certificate of Achievement awarded)
TUITION AND FEES
Fees below are for three-credit courses and include the Summer Student Fee.
Undergraduate credit - NJ resident - $1,150.25
Undergraduate credit- non-NJ resident - $2,413.25
Graduate credit - NJ resident - $2,029.25
Graduate credit - non-NJ resident - $3,130.25
Non-credit (Certificate of Achievement) - $750.00
Tuition and Certification Program checks payable to Rutgers University.
In addition to the tuition and fees listed above, students pay a separate Conference Fee of $40.00. This covers students for the lunches and coffee sessions. Make separate $40.00 check payable to Rutgers University Arts and Culture Fund.
If you are interested in applying for the Writers' Conference 2013, you may print out the Registration Form provided and mail it to the address below or FAX it to (856)225-6453. To print out the hard copy form, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is freely available from the Adobe Website.
Summer Writers' Conference
Rutgers Summer Session
311 North Fifth St.
Camden, NJ 08102
call us at (856)225-6098
or FAX at (856)225-6453
We look forward to hearing from you!
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