Education: Talking Writing

Conferences for novices

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say, 'Don't listen to writers talking about writing or about themselves.' " So said Playwright Lillian Hellman, but America's aspiring authors obviously disagree. This summer would-be poets, playwrights and authors flocked to some 90 conferences across the country to learn about style and craft from established writers and to submit their own work for review. Special interest groups had their own gatherings: a Mystery Writers' Conference in Aptos, Calif.; a New England Conference in Children's Literature at Northampton, Mass....

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