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Delaware Art Museum Host Writers Conference – June 24, 2017

Written on:May 23, 2017
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Novelist and Delaware-native Christopher Castellani to give keynote address

WILMINGTON, DE (May 23, 2017)

Using its unique collection as a backdrop, the Delaware Art Museum is hosting a full-day writing conference on Satuday, June 24, 2017. The Wilmington Writers Conference will include a keynote presentation and craft talk by novelist and Wilmington-native Christopher Castellani; eight other sessions taught by area writers; a lunchtime discussion on Delaware’s literary history and tour of the exhibition The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner; and a panel discussion about being a writer. The conference, which is open to individuals of all ages and experience levels–from first-time writers to published authors–is $25 for the general public, $20 for senior citizens and Museum Members, and $15 for students. Tickets are available under the Adult Programs tab on the Museum’s website, delart.org.

The Wilmington Writers Conference was organized by the Museum in partnership with a group of local professional and aspiring writers. In addition to providing resources for area writers, the goal of the conference is to spark discussion and dialogue about building a stronger writing community in northern Delaware and the surrounding region. Christopher Castellani was selected as the keynote speaker for his notable writing accomplishments (he is the author of three novels and a collection of essays on writing), his deep connection to the state of Delaware, and for his work with GrubStreet, the nation’s largest and leading independent creative writing center.

“Contrary to popular belief, the writer’s life is not a solitary one,” says Mr. Castellani. “Every successful writer I know credits the community of readers and fellow artists who offer guidance, feedback, motivation, and support. I’m proud to be a part of that burgeoning community in Delaware.”

After Mr. Castellani’s kenote address, conference participants will attend a morning and afternoon session they have previously chosen from a list of diverse offerings, which include:

– Writing in 3D: Creating Landscape, Place, and Setting, taught by Lisa Dill
– Damsels Not In Distress, taught by Ramona DeFelice-Long
– The Art of Perspective, taught by Christopher Castellani
– Worth a Thousand Words: Making Poetry from Art, taught by Lisa Lutwyche
– Spoken Word Poetry, taught by Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills, Delaware’s Twin Poets Laureate
– Novel Inspirations, taught by Ramona DeFelice-Long
– The 90-Minute MFA in Short Fiction, taught by Dennis Lawson
– Shattering Time: Alternate Structures for Personal Essay and Memoir, Maribeth Fischer
– Picture It! Using Collage to Shape Your Story, taught by Jessa Mendez

The day will conclude with a moderated panel discussion about being a writer with Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills, Delaware’s Twin Poets Laureate, David Teague, middle grade novel and picture book author and University of Delaware literature professor, and Maribeth Fischer, novelist and essayist, and founder and Executive Director of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild.

For more information about the Wilmington Writers Conference, including artist biographies, please visit delart.org. Registration for the conference is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

About Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani-Photo: Michael Joseph

Christopher Castellani-Photo: Michael Joseph

Christopher Castellani, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, resides in Boston, where he is the artistic director of GrubStreet, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin Books, 2003); The Saint of Lost Things, which is set in Wilmington (Algonquin Books, 2005); and All This Talk of Love (Algonquin, 2013). His book The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on writing, was published in 2016. In addition to his work with GrubStreet, Christopher is on the faculty and academic board of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Christopher was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Master’s in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. He has just completed a new novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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