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DC Events: Writing the Future

February 18, 2010

What does the future hold for the publishing industry? That’s a big question on the minds of aspiring writers everywhere. And here’s a potentially bigger one: What does the future hold for writing in general?

On March 20, The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, will host “Writing the Future,” a day-long conference devoted to these and related questions: the business of writing, the impact of technology, the changes to individual forms and genres. The event welcomes a nearly all-star cast of writers, editors and publishers, including Peter Ginna of Bloomsbury Press; Lee Gutkind, editor of Creative NonfictionNew York Times tech writer Nick Bilton; literary agent Jeff Kleinman; poets Sandra Beasley and Carolyn Forche;  journalist Pagan Kennedy; and Dan Sarewitz, co-director of Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, among others.

Panel titles offer a glimpse of what’s to come — both at the event itself and, of course, for that future of the title:

  • “EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE IS WRONG”
  • “BEYOND OPTIMISM / BEYOND PESSIMISM: PLOTTING THE FUTURE”
  • “THE FUTURE OF THE LONG ESSAY”
  • “MAKING BIG STORIES FIT IN SMALL SPACES: WRITE SHORTER, FASTER, AND WITH MORE MEANING”
  • “FROM VIDEO-BOOKS TO SOCIAL PUBLISHING: THE FUTURE OF READING AND WRITING”

The conference runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20; admission is $90. The event is sponsored by The Creative Nonfiction Foundation and Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, and The Writer’s Center. More information can be found here.

And if you can’t make the conference itself, be sure not to miss the Creative Nonfiction launch party from 5 to 7 p.m. — a new design, a new era for the nation’s most prestigious creative nonfiction journal. That event is free.

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