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All Write, Columbia 2023
Fall Fiction Writers Conference

November 9-12

All Write Columbia, now in its second year, is a four-day intensive writing conference focused on the craft and the business of writing fiction.

The conference is open to all levels of fiction writers, from beginners who are just starting to write short stories to more advanced writers working on the manuscript of a novel. Open to writers who are at least 18 years old. Just 20 writers will be accepted.

The second All Write, Columbia Writers Conference focuses on fiction. Faculty includes workshop leaders Donna Kaz, Melissa Holbrook Pierson and Pramila Venkateswaran, along with award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts including Jen Beagin, Venise T. Berry, Lisa Cron & Jennifer Chen, Vanessa Martir, Priya Doraswamy and Michele Blankenship. The All Write, Columbia conference is committed to diversity and our faculty reflect an all-encompassing and equal world. Our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writer’s community that continues beyond the workshops. Develop both your skills and your creative marketing savvy in this small, focused conference. Conference faculty.

Workshops will be held in person, at the Spencertown Academy, led by workshop facilitators Donna Kaz, Pramila Venkateswaran and Melissa Holbrook Pierson. Guest panelists/authors will be Zoomed in.

Tuition: $500 – includes all workshops (plus an individual 45 minute workshop on 15 – 20 pages of your own fiction work); opening night reception, guest author talks, publishing/PR panel, craft workshops, and most meals.  A limited number of scholarships ($250) will be available for local writers from Columbia & Greene Counties. NOTE: Housing is not provided.  

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Guidelines for Submission

  1. Fiction submissions should be at least 10 pages but no more than 14 pages – 12pt font.
  2. All submissions must be double spaced and all pages must be numbered.
  3. Fiction submissions may be short stories or excerpts from novels. No more than two short stories per submission.
  4. Put your name on the submission at the top of page 1. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE NOTE: Because of the size of the venue, no guests will be allowed to accompany writers invited to All Write, Columbia.
  5. Deadline regular submissions: Sept. 22, 2023, 8PM. Deadline scholarship submissions: Sept. 29, 2023, 8pm

Submission Links

General Submission

Scholarship Application
For local writers from Columbia & Greene Counties, NY 

I look forward to reading your submissions.
Donna Kaz – All Write, Columbia Conference Director

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Donna Kaz
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
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Pramila Venkateswaran
Jen Beagin
Venise Berry
Jennifer Chen
Lisa Cron

SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

Thursday, November 9, 6:00-9:00 
Opening Reception/Writing Prompt
Opening Author Reading
with Jen Beagin

Friday, November 10, 8:00am-6:00pm
Workshops and Craft Talk
What is Story
with Lisa Cron

Saturday, November 11, 9:00am-8:00pm  
Workshops and Creativity Talk
Writing Diversity in Fiction
with Venise Berry

Sunday, November 12, 9:30am-4:00pm
Workshops, Public Reading, Closing Reception
How to Find Time to Finish Your Book
with Jennifer Chen 

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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