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Chatham University to Host One-Day Writer’s Conference Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author, Roxane Gay

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University will host Conversations & Connections: Practical Advice on Writing, on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. The event will be held on Chatham’s Shadyside campus and will feature a full day program including keynote, three craft panels, a one-on-one meeting with an editor, your choice of featured book, and a subscription to a literary journal.

Conversations & Connections is a one-day writer’s conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and has been held for the past eight years in DC, and the past two in Philadelphia. All proceeds go to Barrelhouse and participating small presses and literary magazines. This year’s conference will be hosted by Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

New York Times bestselling author, Roxane Gay, will give the keynote speech. Gay is the author of Bad Feminist, An Untamed State, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK.

The panel discussions are geared toward offering practical advice writers can use in their present work. The discussion topics will center on what literary press editors love to see in a submission; on how to break in with your first book, and on how to get started in food writing. Panelists include area writers Sheryl St. Germain, Aubrey Hirsch, Joy Katz and Jeffrey Condran of Braddock Avenue Books.

To register and to find more information, visit www.writersconnect.com, or contact Sheila Squillante at SSquillante@chatham.edu.

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing Program


Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program consists of both an on-the-ground full-residency program and a low-residency, online program with concentrations in travel writing, teaching, publishing, or nature writing in addition to a primary genre focus (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or children’s writing).  The program offers innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, and Germany. The Words Without Walls program, in which MFA students go into the Allegheny County Jail to teach inmates creative writing, is one of several social outreach programs developed and run by Chatham MFA students that offer transformative experiences for both students and an underserved population. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In 2009, The Writer named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. For more information, visit www.chatham.edu/mfa.

About Chatham University

Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named to Sierra magazines list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opens in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. Rising 19 spots over the past four years in the US News & World Reports Best Colleges rankings, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students in the fields driving tomorrow’s economy–sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.

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