Kodiak's literary enthusiasts will have an opportunity to sharpen their pencils
and skills during a writing conference, hosted by the Kodiak Arts Council. The
Emerald Isle 2012 Writers Conference is board member Merissa Koller's
winter the arts council board had a strategic planning session with the woman
from the Foraker Group and we were sitting around this big table trying to
figure out ways we could branch out into the visual and literary arts," Koller said.
there are lots of poets and writers in town and it's such a beautiful place,
it's very inspiring. So my background is in creative writing and so I had this
network back in Minnesota,
where I'm originally from and now it kind of reaches a little farther. So I
kind of went back to my roots and asked a few people that I knew if they'd be
interested in coming up and sharing some of the things that they know and their
experience in the business with people from Kodiak."
Koller, who is the volunteer
coordinator at KMXT, said the conference will take place August 6-11, with a
different genre focus each day. Two days are set aside for children's
workshops, and the other three will bring in literary guests who have made
names for themselves in the respective fields of poetry, screen writing and
Brandt is a seasoned screen writer who has won numerous awards for her work.
She will lead the screen writing workshop and said the intent of each workshop
is to introduce people to different forms of writing, and provide an outlet for
the creative minds of Kodiak.
Conference 2 :24 "I just
want to sort of expose people to the art and craft and genre of screenwriting.
And be able to show people what it is, and maybe there is someone out there
that is a little bit like me, you know, sitting in a small town and finding
themselves really wanting to tell visual stories and finding their passion in
what I can show them.")
Joining Brandt is Poet Tria
Woods, who will lead the poetry workshop on August 8, and Writer Nate
Leboutillier (Le-boo-T-ay), who will direct prose writing on August 10. There
will be a closing reception on August 11 at the Kodiak Inn Harbor Room to allow
community members to share their work and network with professionals.
interested in the conference can register online through the Kodiak Arts
Council. The cost is $25 per day, with workshops running from 10 a.m. until 8
p.m. Participants can choose to go to all of the workshops, or select ones that
interest them. However, Koller said the fees are for the whole day, so it would
make sense to go to all the workshops.
to workshops, the conference will host a writing contest that community members
can enter. The deadline for the contest is August 1, but registration for the
conference is open until the start date. Details for this and the complete conference
schedule are on the arts council's home page at Kodiak arts council dot org.
is primarily funded through the Kodiak Arts Council, but in the interest of
full disclosure KMXT has also contributed to the event. ###