Monday, October 3, 2016

Early bird registration extended until Friday, October 7th!

Dear writers,
This is a dynamic local conference that covers all the genres. I did a workshop on building character last year and speakers cover everything from craft to marketing to blogging and more. You can't go wrong by attending.  And the registration fee is quite affordable. I recommend it.

Early Bird Registration Extended through this Friday, October 7th!

Southwest Valley Writers Conference
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Avondale Civic Center
11465 W Civic Center Drive
Avondale, AZ 85323
Session: Who’s Who Now: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Contemporary American Poetry
Valerie Bandura Finn
Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie Bandura’s collection of poems, FREAK SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) was a 2014 Patterson Poetry Prize Finalist.  Her second book, HUMAN INTEREST (Black Lawrence Press) is slated for publication in 2017.  Bandura is a graduate of Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  She was the recipient of the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship, and residency from the Vermont Studio and Bread Load Writer’s Conference.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Cimarron Reiew, Crazyhorse, Mid-Atlantic Review, Third Coast, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Beloit Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others.  She teaches writing at Arizona State University where she lives with her husband, fiction writer Patrick Michael Finn, and their son.

8:00am – 9:00am  Registration & Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am  Keynote Speaker: Amy Silverman, Riding the Wave
Council Chambers
10:10am – 11:10am  Breakout Sessions:
Sonoran Room: Deborah Ledford, Contemporary Storytelling: Demystifying the Formats
Mojave Room: Valerie Bandura, Who’s Who Now: A look at the changing landscape of contemporary American poetry
11:20am – 12:20pm
Sonoran Room: Tina Radcliffe, The Art of the Short Story
Mojave Room: Laura Truman & Jesse Caufield, They say write what you know: what if that isn’t enough?
12:20pm – 1:20pm  Meet your next favorite book, Networking Luncheon
You will receive a new complimentary book with your registration and have the opportunity to either keep your book or exchange it with someone else during this luncheon.
1:20pm – 2:20pm
Sonoran Room: Drew Eastmead, How to blog and earn money in a Google world
Mojave Room: Deena Remiel, READY, SET, WRITE!
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Sonoran Room: Terry Greene Sterling, Wire Your Writing
Mojave Room: Karen Grove, Iain Lundy & Patricia L. Brooks, Panel Discussion: All the Questions You’ve Ever Had about Publishing…But Didn’t Know Who to Ask
3:30pm Book signing

Registration Options: 
Registration includes breakfast snacks, Lunch and access to all conference sessions.
  • Early Registration discount: $75
  • Late Registration:  $95
Early registration extended until October 7th
Late registration begins October 8th


For questions contact: Stacey Lindsay or visit

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