Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, opens November 28, 2012 with the Society’s annual master class for high school students. Adult programming will begin later that day. Our special guest of honor this year will be Ernest J. Gaines, famous Louisiana fiction writer, author of A Lesson Before Dying, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and other critically acclaimed works of fiction.
This year’s conference runs November 28 (Wednesday) through December 2 (Sunday). We will be posting a working schedule by May 15. Writers who register for Words & Music before July 15 will receive a discount on the Writers Tuition Package!
The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society has issued its formal Call for Papers for 2012. We are actively soliciting presentations on the work of 2012 Words & Music featured speaker Ernest Gaines and its relevance in contemporary life and literature, as well as presentations relating to this year’s theme: Literature out of time.
Presenters must be registered for Words & Music, 2012. Academics, scholars, professionals in such disciplines as psychology and psychiatry, and writers are invited to present a brief abstract of subject matter to be presented. Presenters selected will be announced publicly. We will notify selected presenters in advance of the public announcement.
1. The topic selected by the presenter must relate to the work of Ernest Gaines and to the overall theme of Words & Music, 2012, which is Literature Out of Time. The theme relates to literature written in other eras or written about other eras or both. We are especially interested in receiving one or more papers on correlation between the work of William Faulkner and Ernest Gaines; one or more papers on the use of archetypes in the symbolism found in the work of Ernest Gaines; one or more papers on the topics of brotherhood in the work of Ernest Gaines and/or strong female characters in the work of Ernest Gaines; one or more papers specifically on the narrative themes of “A Lesson Before Dying.”
2. The presenter must submit a proposal which includes a contact page with the presenter’s name, all contact information, a title, a two-line description of the topic, a two-paragraph bio, and any a/v requirements, along with a synopsis of a maximum two pages, including the following paragraph at the end of the synopsis:
I agree to prepare a presentation as outlined above to fall within the time limit of 15 minutes or less and take questions for five minutes (or more if the presentation is less than 15 minutes). I understand that the time slot for my presentation will be 20 minutes.
(Name of Presenter, printed or typed) Date
Presenters will be notified with seven days of receipt of proposal if the proposal is accepted for presentation during Words & Music, 2012.
3. Once a presentation is accepted, the presenter must register. No presentation will be scheduled until the presenter has registered for Words & Music, 2012. The time slots for registration will be awarded on a first come and selected, first serve basis, with the most desirable times scheduled for those who register earliest. In an e-mail letter accompanying your proposal, please note any days of the conference which are out of the question for you because of your work schedule, teaching classes, for instance.
The dates of the festival with slots for presentations are Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 29, Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1, 8:30 a. m. to 5:30 p. m. daily; and on Sunday, December 2, 9 to 11 a. m. As far as possible, papers will be grouped by related subject matter.
Once proposals are accepted, presenters will e-mail us immediately a high resolution photograph, which can be candid or formal, color or black and white.
Three registration packages are available:
DISCUSSION PACKAGE (Presenters): $200.
No discounts are available for this package, except to Louisiana presenters who are paid members in good standing of the Faulkner Society. No manuscript critiques are available with this package. Entertainment/dinner/luncheon/music events are priced separately and are not included in this package, can be purchased on a per event basis.
FULL TUITION PACKAGE (Presenters): $475.
This fee includes all discussions, workshops, master classes, manuscript critiques by a top-notch literary agent and a top-notch literary editor from a major publishing house. There is a $25 discount for presenters registering prior to July 15, 2012.
Entertainment/dinner/luncheon/music events are priced separately and are not included in this package, can be purchased on a per event basis.
INDIVIDUAL ALL-EVENTS PASS: $850.00. ($950 if all events purchased separately.)
Fee includes one ticket to every event of Words & Music, including workshops, master classes, lunches, cocktail parties, dinners, and evening entertainment! There is a $50 discount for presenters registering before July 15, 2012.
Note: registration packages do not include hotel accommodations. None of the above packages include Limited Registration Workshops, all of which include manuscript critiques on specific subjects.
4. Papers are to be written in literary language accessible to a general public audience of educated readers, not just to scholars or technical experts.
5. Proposals for Papers to be presented must be in our hands by William Faulkner’s birthday anniversary, September 25, 2012. Completed papers must be in our hands by October 27, 2012.
6. A special committee of Words & Music, 2012 will select papers, which are to be published in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s on-line literary journal, The Double Dealer. The Faulkner Society will have one-time rights to publish these papers in The Double Dealer.
For information on the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and its projects, including Words & Music, please visit various sections of this web site: www.wordsandmusic.org. Please contact Rosemary James with specific questions regarding presentation of papers at Faulkhouse@aol.com.
POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR WILLIAM FAULKNER -WILLIAM WISDOM COMPETITION: MAY 15, 2012
The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society reminds writers and friends of writers that the postmark deadline for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition is May 15, 1012. The competition is open to all writers anywhere working in English and offers significant cash prizes in seven categories of previously unpublished work:
Novel, $7,500; Novella, $2,500; Novel-in-progress, $2,000; Short Story, $1,500; Essay, $1,000; Poem, $750; Short Story by a High School Student, $750 and Sponsoring teacher, $250.
Winners are guests of the Faulkner Society at its annual arts festival, Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans, where they receive gold medals in the image of William Faulkner, and have their manuscripts critiqued by leading literary agents and editors during Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, November 28-December 2, 2012.
2012 Judges are literary agent Jeff Kleinman, Novel; fiction writer Moira Crone, novella; litrary agent Deborah Grosvenor, Novel-in-Progress; fiction writer Justin Torres, Short Story; poet Laura Mullen, Poetry; narrative non-fiction writer Andrew Lam, Essay; and fiction writer George Bishop, Short Story by a High School Student.
Visit www.wordsandmusic.org/competition.html for full details and to download guidelines and entry form!
Awarded the Washington Writers’ Prize in Short Fiction and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, Eileen was also nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Third Coast, Slice, Bellevue Literary Review, and other publications.
MERMAID is about a Midwestern family with eleven children in the sixties. The author, who is missing part of her legs from birth, narrates her comic and tragic journey from middle child to motherhood.