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$65.00 USD, $11.60 USD
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: 

9:30-10:00 a.m.: Late Registration/Pre-Registered Check In

10:00-10:40 a.m.: PANEL DISCUSSIONS (Concurrent Sessions)*

Digging In: Writing Through the Hard Parts

Jericho Brown, Jessica Cavero, Deborah Crombie, Sasha Martin, Mary Moore, Keija Parssinen, Laura van den Berg

Editing and Publishing: Q&A

Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sandra Hunter, Eilis O’Neal, Alexa Stark, Mark Wagenaar

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon: Morning Masterclasses (Concurrent Sessions)*

Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops I*

Meet 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.

Jumpstart Your Engines: Poetry Workshop — Jericho Brown

Sometimes we 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 imaginations.

Storyboarding Your Mystery Novel — Deborah Crombie

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 tension.

First Time for Everything: Romance and More — Tessa Dare

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.

The Straight 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.    

12:00-1:30 p.m.:  Lunch and 39th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards Ceremony    

1:35-2:50 p.m.: Afternoon Masterclasses (Concurrent Sessions)*

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 self-editors.

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 Gratton

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. 

Novel Pitch 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.  

3:00-4:00 p.m.: READINGS & EDITING WORKSHOPS

Invitational Readings

Deborah Crombie, Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sasha Martin, Keija Parssinen    

Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops II*
Meet 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.

The full Saturday conference package includes workshops, panel discussions, readings, lunch, pitch sessions, and one-on-one editing sessions. The lunch menu includes vegetarian options. 

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