Thursday, June 13, 2013

Christiana Louisa Langenberg leads Creative Nonfiction workshop and serves as keynote speaker at conference

Christiana Louisa Langenberg, multi-published author, will be leading a Creative Nonfiction workshop and serve as the keynote speaker for the Author Luncheon at this year's David R. Collins Writers' Conference.

The workshop entitled "Creative Nonfiction: Using Story-telling Techniques to Reveal Truths" will discuss a sampling of memoir, reflective writing, personal opinion, food-writing, travel writing, lyric essay, comedic essay and others to see how literary techniques can be used to maximize effect. Elements of craft such as concrete sensory detail, dialogue, scene vs. summary, setting, prose, rhythm, etc. will be highlighted. Participants will also have the opportunity to write two short essays in response to prompts and receive written feedback. The Author Luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 28th at the Rogalski Center on the St. Ambrose campus. The topic of Christiana's keynote presentation is "Between Word Greed and Abandonment: Learning to Love the Process."

Christiana is the author of the bilingual collection of stories, Half of What I Know. Her second story collection, Here is What You'll Do, was a finalist in the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is the recipient of the Drunken Boat Panliterary Award for Fiction and the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been awarded by/published in Glimmer Train, Dogwood, New South, Lumina, Storyglossia, Drunken Boat, So To Speak, Literary Salt, Carve, Chelsea, Green Mountains Review, American Literary Review, and elsewhere.

The 2013 David R. Collins Writer's Conference will be held June 27th through 29th at New Hall at St. Ambrose University located at 518 W. Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. The conference also features three day writing workshops on a variety of topics including novels, creative non-fiction, reading as writers, speculative fiction, freelancing, poetry, and literary collage; critique sessions; luncheons; and free events. Discounts are offered for MWC member and early bird (before June 15th) registrants. Click here for more details. The conference is made possible by our generous sponsors: Modern Woodman of America, St. Ambrose University English Department, Illinois Arts Council, and Genesis Health Systems.

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