2011 Japan Writers Conference

by 2011 Japan Writers Conference
(Kobe Shoin Women`s University)

Here is an update on the 2011 Japan Writers Conference:

If you have are interested in writing (textbooks or novels) you may find this conference useful.

As announced before, the Fifth Annual Japan Writers Conference will be in Kobe this year at Kobe Shoin Women`s University on October 15th and 16th.

This year there is a special emphasis on the new options available for self-publishing with several authors reporting on their successes and the choices they made. There will be hands-on workshops on proposals, poetry-making, and even writing about firearms. There are presentations planned on textbooks writing, writing about Japan, translating, and blogging. There will be readings by noted writers and sessions on the lessons other writers have to teach. With thirty sessions scheduled, this will be a very full weekend.

For complete presentation and presenter information, and a tentative schedule, go to:

2011 Japan Writers Conference

There are three events on Saturday the 15th which do require advance sign-up.

First, Australian poet David Gilbey will be back to conduct his popular Closed Poetry Workshop, entitled this year, Reeling and Writhing: A Poetry Editing Workshop“ preparing for publication.

To take part in this group, one must pre register with David directly. There will be a limit on the number of participants, so if you want to join, contact him now at:

dgilbey at csu.edu.au

Second, there will be a Saturday night event at Pers Cuisine, a Persian restaurant. This will be a food and drink buffet party for 50. The cost is 4000 yen per person which includes food (vegetarian dishes will be available) and beverages (including alcohol). If you want to join in, send an e-mail to John Gribble at:

gribblej at gol.com

Third, at the party there will be a reading/performance, but like last year it will be with a twist. In My Secret Life, will be the theme again and readers/performers present, not their own work, but the work of others they admire. So who are you in your Secret Life? Mark Twain? Sappho? Jimi Hendrix? Let him or her out for ten minutes. This is open to all attendees at the Pers Cuisine event, but you need to sign up for a slot. Contact John Gribble for this.

As in the past, the Conference will be free and open to all who wish to attend. This is possible because all the presenters and organizing staff volunteer their time and talent, and the use of the site is donated by the hosting institution. As a result, the Conference cannot offer any payment, reimbursement, lodging, or help in securing visas or travel permits. So please don`t ask.

So we have a lively weekend ahead of us with both fresh faces and old hands sharing their knowledge and love of the written word. We hope you’ll be there.

John Gribble
Bern Mulvey

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