Apr 26, 2007    #075
Contact: Wandra Green
(816) 235-1601

UMKC to offer two summer workshops for writers

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will offer two workshop series this summer, each tailored to fit a wide range of schedules and interests. Beginning writers and those more established can attend for college credit or for noncredit.

The Mark Twain Writers Workshop begins June 4 and runs through June 22, with sessions each weekday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the UMKC campus. Robert Stewart and Michael Pritchett, who are UMKC faculty and widely published authors, will offer instruction in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

The workshop also will feature visiting speakers, including novelists and story writers Christie Hodgen and Diane Glancy, poets Michelle Boisseau and Wayne Miller, linguist Thomas Stroik, writer Virginia Blanton and dramaturge Felicia Londre. Enid Shomer, Conger Beasley Jr. and Rebekah Aronson will present the featured symposium, “Getting Published.”

“Each year at the Mark Twain Writers Workshop, we have a lively mix of relative beginners and successful professionals among the student body,” conference co-director Robert Stewart said. “That mix makes this gathering truly exciting.”

More information about the Mark Twain Writers Workshop is available at Course content information can be obtained by calling New Letters magazine at (816) 235-1168 or (816) 235-1307. To learn how you can earn college credit by participating in the workshop, call the UMKC English department at (816) 235-1307 or Registration at (816) 235-1125. For noncredit options, call UMKC Arts and Sciences Continuing Education at (816) 235-2736.

The New Letters Weekend Writers Conference picks up where the Mark Twain Writers Workshop leaves off with a reception at 5:30 p.m. June 22. Robert Unger, author of “The Union Station Massacre,” will present the keynote address that evening.

The annual conference features some of Kansas City’s best writing coaches in short fiction, the novel, play and screen writing, poetry, essays and articles. It runs through 5 p.m. June 24 and takes place off-campus at UMKC’s Diastole, a conference center and retreat in midtown.

“This intense immersion into the art and craft of writing has been hugely satisfying over the years,” Stewart said.

Students who attend the conference can receive workshop analysis and private manuscript consultations and join a large cast of professional editors, radio producers, novelists and essayists for chat sessions, lectures, career tips, readings, parties and a high-energy weekend. The conference faculty will include such prominent writers and editors as playwright Frank Higgins, poets Trish Reeves and Stanley E. Banks, fiction writers Catherine Browder and Matthew Eck, The Kansas City Star books editor John Mark Eberhart, The Kansas City Star senior writer Steve Paul, freelance writer and editor Loring Leifer and screen writer Mitch Brian.

Students can register for the New Letters Weekend Writers Conference through UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education by calling (816) 235-2736. Participation in the conference can count toward a one-credit-hour course (English 460A, section 0002) or a two-to-three-hour course (section 0003) with the consent of instructor Robert Stewart. Noncredit options are available at a reduced cost. To receive a brochure by mail, contact the Continuing Education office or New Letters magazine at (816) 235-1168 or

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).



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