Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Erin Bertram leads Literary Collage workshop at Conference

Erin Bertram, author of nine chapbooks, will be leading a Literary Collage workshop at this year's David R. Collins Writers' Conference.

The workshop entitled "The Fifth Genre: Literary Collage As Memoir, As Activism" explores the genre that actually employs more than a single genre, like a visual collage. In literary collage, one or more literary genres is juxtaposed with non-literary elements such as letters, prayers, or even photographs to create a hybrid style of creative writing. Attendees will explore others' work as well as work to create their own literary collages so they should bring their needed items to the first meeting.

Erin received an MFA in poetry and a Graduate Certificate in women & gender studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a fellow. One of her nine chapbooks, Inland Sea, won the 2009 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in So to Speak, Phoebe, Bloom, Copper Nickel, Fourteen Hills, Handsome, 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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