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  • Dates: 26 – 26 Apr, 2014

    2014 Maryland Writers’ Conference

    Writers and readers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to attend the 2014 Maryland Writers' Conference, a day-long event celebrating the state's thriving literary arts scene. Meet aspiring, emerging, and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers in a relaxed and intimate setting on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT) in Linthicum Heights.

    The theme for this year’s conference is "Feed Your Writing Habit." Whether your appetite is for poetry, short stories, novels, memoir, radio/television, or journalism, the Maryland Writers' Conference has plenty for you to feast on! Expert speakers and panelists will lead a variety of informative discussions and workshops. In between sessions, attendees will have opportunities to network with other writers and readers, as well as to make connections with publishers and editorial service providers in our vendor area. And as always, the conference will feature one-on-one pitch practice sessions with experienced literary agents throughout the day.

    Baltimore screenwriter and author Rafael Alvarez, staff writer for the iconic HBO series The Wire and producer of the NBC crime dramas Life and The Black Donnellys, will be one of over 30 distinguished literary personalities speaking to conference attendees on a broad range of topics related to the art, business, and craft of writing. Other noteworthy speakers and session topics include:

    • Past Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser on the place of the poet in poetry
    • Baltimore Sun copyeditor and blogger John E. McIntyre on social media
    • National Endowment for the Arts fellow Marion Winik on the art of memoir
    • CityLit Press founder Gregg Wilhelm on finding the right publishing option

    An all-star panel session on writing programs in Maryland will feature Kendra Kopelke of the University of Baltimore, David Everett of Johns Hopkins University, Geoff Becker of Towson University (invited), Gerry LaFemina of Frostburg State University, and Stewart Moss of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

    Early-bird registration is $145 for members and $175 for non-members, and will extend through Sunday, February 2, 2014. Enrollment for the MWA’s annual flagship event is expected to exceed 100.

    Founded in 1988, the Maryland Writers’ Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the art, business, and craft of writing in all its forms. Membership is open to aspiring, emerging, and established writers of all genres and disciplines. The MWA serves as an information and networking resource, helps members make contacts that lead to publication, encourages writers to reach their full potential, and promotes writing within Maryland communities. MWA’s programs include monthly regional chapter meetings featuring guest speakers, open-mic readings, workshops, and more; the annual Maryland Writers' Conference; a quarterly member newsletter; critique groups throughout the state; literary contests; and writing projects for children.

    Linthicum Heights
    MD
    USA
  • Dates: 09 – 12 May, 2014

    IRA 59th Annual Conference

    Theme: "Reading...The Teachable Moment" 

    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    New Orleans
    LA
    USA
  • Dates: 11 – 13 Jun, 2014

    Grenada Reading Association Conference

  • Dates: 24 – 25 Jun, 2014

    Iowa Reading Association Conference

    Theme: Literacy is All “WRITE”
    Scheman Conference Center, Iowa State University campus
    Ames
    Iowa
    USA
  • Dates: 04 – 06 Jul, 2014

    United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) 50th International Conference

  • Dates: 08 – 08 Jul, 2014

    Nebraska State Reading Association Summer Institute

    "Literacy SUPERHEROES Institute"

    Lincoln
    NE
    USA
  • Dates: 09 – 12 Jul, 2014

    Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) Conference

    Please contact the International Reading Association Global Operations Unit to confirm dates and times.
    Darwin Convention Centre
    Northern Territories
    Australia
  • Dates: 10 – 13 Jul, 2014

    IRA Council Leadership Academy

  • Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Minnesota Reading Association Annual Conference

    Hamline University
    St. Paul
    MN
    USA
  • Dates: 24 – 26 Jul, 2014

    South Dakota Reading Council Conference

  • Dates: 08 – 10 Aug, 2014

    The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning - August Workshop

    The Highlights Foundation teams up with Rosemary Agoglia, senior educator of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, to raise the bar on visual and verbal literacy. The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning workshop offers what educators have called “a life changing” professional development experience that uses the picture book to support literacy development alongside critical and creative thinking skills. The foundation’s workshops take place in the retreat center located at the ancestral farm of the founders of Highlight for Children. The retreat center complex, which combines rustic charm with modern amenities, is situated in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. To secure your spot, or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192, e-mail jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org. 

    PA
    USA
  • Dates: 29 – 30 Aug, 2014

    British Virgin Islands Reading Association Conference

  • Dates: 12 – 14 Sep, 2014

    Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) National Conference

    Rhodes University
    South Africa
  • Dates: 25 – 27 Sep, 2014

    Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival

    The Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival originated in 1996 at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. The festival is a three-day literacy event for school age children and adults; participants are provided with an opportunity to interact with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators. The festival has grown from a one-day, one-author event to a three-day nine-author event. Over 10,000 school-age children and their teachers attend two Children’s Days of the festival AT NO CHARGE. An adult conference is held the third day, with nine authors and seven literacy experts speaking to approximately 600 attendees. There is a short video that shows the festival and our mission at www.cune.edu/plumcreek. 

    Authors scheduled to appear include Nick Bruel, Floyd Cooper, Jack Gantos, J. Patrick Lewis, Brian Lies, Dandi Mackall, Jim Murphy, April Pulley Sayre, and Jeff Kurrus. Rosemary Wells will be the keynote author luncheon speaker.

    Literacy experts will include Linda Hoyt, an encore appearance by Donalyn Miller, Monica Burns, Twyla Hansen, Tricia Parker-Siemers, Amanda Geidel, and Jill Johnson. Topics will include Using Technology in the Classroom to Writing Instruction.

    Concordia University Seward Campus, 800 N. Columbia Ave.
    Seward
    NE
    USA
  • Dates: 25 – 27 Sep, 2014

    Reading Association of Ireland 38th International Conference

  • Dates: 26 – 27 Sep, 2014

    2014 Utah Council of the International Reading Association Annual Conference

    Hats Off to Literacy 

    Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
    Salt Lake City
    UT
    USA
  • Dates: 28 Sep – 01 Oct, 2014

    New Zealand Literacy Association (NZLA) Conference

    "Surfing the Literacy Wave"

    Please contact the International Reading Association Global Operations Unit to confirm dates and times.

    Bethlehem College
    Tauranga
    New Zealand
  • Dates: 28 – 30 Sep, 2014

    The Inaugural International Library Symposium

    “Embracing New Landscapes”

    The program consists of a series of keynote addresses and author panel sessions and includes presentations by nationally and internationally recognised social commentators, librarians, academics and authors. Please consult the Symposium website or contact the Symposium Director at ajs@tss.qld.edu.au for further information.

    The Southport School
    Gold Coast QLD
    Australia
  • Dates: 02 – 04 Oct, 2014

    47th Illinois Reading Council Conference

  • Dates: 10 – 12 Oct, 2014

    The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning - October Workshop

    The Highlights Foundation teams up with Rosemary Agoglia, senior educator of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, to raise the bar on visual and verbal literacy. The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning workshop offers what educators have called “a life changing” professional development experience that uses the picture book to support literacy development alongside critical and creative thinking skills. The foundation’s workshops take place in the retreat center located at the ancestral farm of the founders of Highlight for Children. The retreat center complex, which combines rustic charm with modern amenities, is situated in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. To secure your spot, or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192, e-mail jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org. 

    PA
    USA

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