Feb. 24, 2011

Publishing tips part of creative writing symposium

by Erin Rosacker

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"A Rough Guide to the Heart and Mind" is the theme for the seventh annual Symposium on Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination. The event, organized by the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and environment, will be held Feb. 26-27 in the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

Lectures, readings and panel discussions are among the activities planned for the symposium. Authors Pam Houston, Michael Perry and Peggy Shumaker are keynote speakers, and a panel of agents and editors will take audience questions in the panel discussion that kicks off the two-day symposium. A schedule of events is below.

2011 Symposium on Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination

Saturday, Feb. 26

  • 2-3:30 p.m., "A Rough Guide to Publishing: A Panel of Agents and Editors," Jennifer Sahn, editor of Orion magazine; Katherine Fausset, literary agent; Patrick Thomas, editor at Milkweed Editions; and Debra Marquart, author and ISU English professor, Campanile Room
  • 3:30-4 p.m., Reception, Campanile Room
  • 4-5 p.m., "Authors on the Craft of Writing: A Rough Guide to the Mind and Heart," authors Pam Houston, Michael Perry and Peggy Shumaker, Campanile Room
  • 7-9 p.m., "Forty-three Countries, Five Continents: Writing on Place and the Travels Between," Pam Houston, fiction writer and essayist, Sun Room

Sunday, Feb. 27

  • 2-3:15 p.m., Reading: Flyway Magazine's "Home Voices," MFA program writers Melissa Lamberton, Nate Pillman and Rebekah Beall, Sun Room
  • 4-5 p.m., Reading: Gnawed Bones, Peggy Shumaker, poet and author, Sun Room
  • 7-9 p.m., "Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting," Michael Perry, humorist and author, Sun Room