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Third Coast writers conference begins April 29

February 11, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Aspiring authors seeking to hone their skills with some of America's most prominent writers will be able to do so at the Third Coast Writers' Conference, Thursday through Sunday, April 29-May 1, at Western Michigan University.

Poets Malena Morling, Bob Hicok, Michelle Boisseau and Mary Ruefel; fiction writers Garnett Kilburg Cohen, Tom Grimes, Fred Leebron and Denis Johnson; and creative nonfiction/memoir writers J.D. Dolan and Robert Polito will conduct workshops with conference participants and give public readings of their works.

Conference participants will be selected based on manuscript submissions which must be received by March 1.

Writers should submit three to five poems or less than 2,500 words of fiction/creative nonfiction. Those selected for conference participation will be notified in late March. A $130 registration fee is due April 9 and on-campus housing will be available for less than $20 per night.

This is the 12th year of the conference, which is sponsored by the WMU Department of English and designed as a celebration of literature, featuring writers who share their work and insights into the process of writing. Participants will enhance and expand their skills through workshops, panel discussions and question/answer sessions. A special feature of this year's conference will be the panel discussion "Writing and Selling Creative NonFiction/Memoirs," featuring several nationally known writers talking about this emerging field.

For more information, call (616 ) 387-2570, write to the Third Coast Writers' Conference, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5092, or email michele.mclaughlin@wmich.edu or 95defrain@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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