I'm new to writing, and nervous about showing my work. Is the Nebraska Summer Writers
Conference for me, or is it only for experienced writers?
Don't be intimidated! This is the conference's ninth year as one of the Midwest's
premiere literary events, and we've always prided ourselves on the great comfort
writers take in the conference environment, regardless of their level of development.
The conference offers workshops that are designed to benefit both the inexperienced
and the experienced writer. For some of our conference attendees, their writing
is very personal-they've had career paths that have taken them away from their creative
expression and their goal now is to simply get some words down on paper. Meanwhile,
other attendees have been developing their craft for years and have published their
work in literary journals. We even offer master classes for writers who've completed
book-length manuscripts and want their entire novels, memoirs, or poetry collections
read by acclaimed authors.
What exactly happens in the workshop?
It depends on which one you sign up for, as each class has a particular focus, but
basically you'll be writing, reading, and discussing fiction or poetry or memoir
(or a mix of genres), and you'll gain insights on your work specifically and on
writing in general. Check out the descriptions on the workshop page, and our list
of faculty. The authors on our faculty are not only excellent teachers of creative
writing, but they've excelled in their fields to an exceptional degree… some of
our writers have had novels on bestseller lists within the last year; others are
editors of some of the country's most renowned literary journals; others have won
top awards. We also offer the opportunity to work with publishing professionals
who are active in the industry.
What are some of the other components of the conference, other than the workshops?
We like to offer a variety of opportunities for those wanting instruction even beyond
the workshop, including faculty readings, panel discussions, and evening events
that allow for some socializing at the end of each day. And, of course, there are
all the benefits of being on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus: you can
visit the art collection of the Sheldon Museum, see a film at the Ross Theater,
attend Jazz in June. And the campus is within walking distance of great restaurants,
bars, bookstores, and the historic Haymarket area. (Check out our "Links" section in Travel / Accommodations for
I've looked over the list of workshops and faculty, and I still can't decide. What
do I do?
Email the conference director, Timothy Schaffert, at
email@example.com, or the assistant director, Sarah Chavez, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always happy to tell you more about the conference
and the faculty, and to help you figure out the best option.