Online Registration for Nimrod's Conference for Readers and Writers will close at 11:59 p.m. on October 19th. To register after this time, please come to Late Registration at 9:30 a.m. on October 21st.
I wish to purchase a pass to Nimrod
's Conference for Readers and Writers on October 21st, 2017. The Conference will take place at The University of Tulsa's Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave., from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Online registration includes a small fee to cover administrative costs. If you do not wish to pay this
fee, please print the registration form from our website
and mail it to Nimrod
The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104.)
Also join us for Nimrod Write Night at The Tulsa Garden Center Friday, October 20th
, with an Author
Reception (light bites and cash bar) from 6:30-7:00 p.m. and an Author
Chat and book signing from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Mingle with all
our Conference guest authors at our Author Reception and join us for
a special Author Chat with poet Jericho
Brown, winner of the
American Book Award, and fiction writer
Laura van den Berg, Frank
O’Connor International Short Story Award finalist. The
entire evening is free and open to the public.
Presented in conjunction with Booksmart Tulsa. The Tulsa Garden Center is located at 2435 S. Peoria Ave. in Tulsa.
Complete Schedule for Saturday, October 21st:
Registration/Pre-Registered Check In
a.m.: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Writing Through the Hard Parts
Jericho Brown, Jessica Cavero, Deborah Crombie, Sasha Martin, Mary
Moore, Keija Parssinen, Laura van den Berg
Tessa Gratton, Sandra Hunter, Eilis O’Neal, Alexa Stark, Mark Wagenaar
a.m.-12:00 noon: Morning Masterclasses
Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops I*
one on one with a Nimrod
will help you revise your work. Submit
2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction or nonfiction. Materials
must be uploaded with your registration.
Each one-on-one editing session is 15 minutes long.
Jumpstart Your Engines: Poetry Workshop — Jericho
need a spark to get our poetic imaginations firing. We’ll kindle
that spark and generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that
will keep our ears open and our fingers moving.
The Blazing Thing:
On Imagination in Fiction — Laura
van den Berg
Tim O’Brien writes, “In fiction workshops, we tend to
focus on matters of verisimilitude largely because such issues are so much
easier to talk about than the failure of imagination . . . .”
How can we encourage our own imaginations to move in new and unanticipated
directions? We’ll engage this difficulty and unveil ways to stretch our
Storyboarding Your Mystery Novel — Deborah
Crime novels tend to have particularly complicated plots and
keeping them straight can be challenging. Whether you are a pre-plotter or not,
storyboarding is a graphic outlining technique that can help you develop your
plot while increasing your understanding of the story’s structure and dynamic
First Time for Everything: Romance and More —
Romances in fiction are all about the “first times”: first
meeting, first kiss, first argument, first confessions of love, to name a few.
We’ll share strategies for intensifying the emotion in your manuscripts by setting
unique hurdles for your characters—inside the romance genre and outside it.
Scoop: Querying Literary Agents — Alexa Stark
Querying literary agents
can be daunting. What’s a query
letter? What’s a synopsis? And how can we write effective ones? We’ll get the straight scoop
from literary agent Alexa Stark (Trident Media) and learn how to put our best
feet forward when it comes to getting an agent’s attention.
and 39th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards Ceremony
Painting/Tainting the Poem: Reimagining Poems
About Art — Mary Moore and Mark Wagenaar
Ekphrastic poems (poems about art) are a time-honored tradition
and a great way to hone our descriptive language. We’ll examine ways to ground
our poems in figurative language, as well as exploring how this language can
sometimes “taint” descriptive poems with meaning.
The Art of Revision in
Fiction — Keija Parssinen
It is only through revision
that writing becomes good. We’ll explore revision as re-envisioning,
rather than simply an act of cosmetic polishing, and discuss techniques that
will allow us to see our work with fresh eyes and to become skillful
Writing Dialogue: Shape and Character
Revelation — Jessica Cavero and Sandra Hunter
Dialogue has its own shape, and that shape reveals character
through the words that people choose, the way that they listen or don’t listen
to each other, and more. We’ll look at the way dialogue expands and contracts
into different shapes to fit—and reveal—our characters, and how the right
dialogue can make them shine.
Worldbuilding: The Pyramid Approach — Tessa
To create a believable world—in fantasy and science fiction or
other genres— we need a pyramid: a strong world base topped by character and
then plot. We’ll discuss the “Novel Pyramid” and ways to develop multi-layered,
breathing worlds inhabited by complicated, interesting people.
Bite-Size Memoir — Sasha Martin
The memoirist faces the daunting task of distilling an entire life
into digestible form. We’ll look at memoir through the unique lens of food and
cooking and discover how the details of a meal reveal character, relationships,
social standing, and more—even in a non-food-centric work.
Critique Sessions — Alexa Stark
Meet one-on-one with literary agent
Alexa Stark for a critique of your novel’s pitch. Prepare a pitch of no more
than 1 minute for your novel. Each session is 5 minutes long. Sessions are
limited—enroll early to ensure a spot.
p.m.: READINGS & EDITING WORKSHOPS
Deborah Crombie, Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sasha Martin, Keija
Editing Workshops II*
one on one with a Nimrod editor who
will help you revise your work. Submit
2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction or nonfiction. Materials must be uploaded with your registration. Each one-on-one editing
session is 15 minutes long.
*Registrants may attend one morning panel discussion,
one morning masterclass, and one afternoon masterclass, as well as the entire
reading from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Afternoon
one-on-one editing participants may move to and from their sessions to the
Invitational Readings as time permits.
full Saturday conference package includes workshops, panel discussions,
readings, lunch, pitch sessions, and one-on-one editing sessions. The lunch menu includes