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info on the annual writers conference in Japan

From: lauren s.
Sent on: Thursday, September 2, 2010 4:21 PM

Here is the latest on the upcoming Japan Writers Conference. The Conference is back in Tokyo this year and will be held at Nihon University College of Art, Ekoda Campus, a short ride from Ikebukuro on the Seibu Ikebukuro line. It will begin with a gathering on Saturday night, October 9th. The sessions will take place on Sunday, October 10th and Monday, October 11th, ?Sports Day.?

As in the past, this is a free event, open to all.

The Presentation Schedule, along with Summaries and Presenters? Bios, are now on line at


A map to the site is midway down this page:

Now is the time to look over the schedule and begin to make your plans. As you?ll see, we have two very full days of excellent sessions lined up. Some of your choices are going to be difficult to make.

While there are many presentations and readings, one of the distinctive features of this year?s Conference is the ?hands-on?nature of so many of the sessions. Australian poet David Gilbey will be here to lead a two-hour poetry workshop. It is open to both experienced and novice poets, but you must sign up in advance with David to take part. Contact him directly at [address removed] for guidelines.

Writer Lauren Shannon is offering a session in which you?ll create your own fiction characters. Novelist and children?s book author Suzanne Kamata will help ?Kickstart Your Creativity? in her prompts session. Bring your own first page to Marian Pierce?s ?The First Page? and turn it into an attention-getter. Poet Taylor Mignon will have you try techniques which generate worthy ?First Thoughts.? And while you may not leave David Chester?s ?How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell?with a completed script, or Todd Jay Leonard?s ?So you want to publish an EFL textbook?? with a book contract, you will know how it is done.

In addition, there will be two evening events, the one already mentioned, on Saturday October 9th at ?The Pink Cow? in Shibuya,

and the other on Sunday night, October 10th, at ?Peace,? a wonderful Italian style place near the conference site in Ekoda.

More information on these will be sent soon.

So please plan to join us. Tell your friends. And get ready for a lively and literate weekend.

John Gribble
Bern Mulvey

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