Dear Friend of Writers at Work,

With this modest e-newsletter we hope to keep you in touch with the doings of W@W.  While Writers at Work is already firming up plans for the Fellowship Competition and Conference in 2013, we can also look back at the accomplishments of the past year.  Below you will find news of events the past year, and plans for the year to come.

You can stay up to date by visiting the web site at, and find the latest news on Facebook.  Feel free to contact us by e-mail at  If you have news for the W@W community, please send it to us at this address.  We would like to hear from you.

Best regards,
Joan Coles, President, W@W

Writers At Work Conference in June 2012 “One of the Best”

Agent Kathryn Beaumont said it all when she wrote, “The Writers at Work Conference is truly one of the best I have attended—it ran so smoothly and the setting was gorgeous …. reminded me what is at the industry’s core: writers…. I feel inspired..”  Based on the evaluations by those who attended, she is not alone in her praise— for the teaching faculty, the consulting faculty, the venue, the writers who attended, and the overall experience.

For the second year, the Alta Lodge received high marks for the beauty of its setting; the comfort, food, and service provided; and for the sense of community generated by the intimate setting.

The faculty also received high praise for the quality of experience they provided, not surprising given their reputation and experience as writers and teachers.  Workshops were offered by:  novelist and memoirist Debra Monroe; poets Heather McHugh and Tim O’Keefe; novelist and essayist Steve Almond; novelist and memoirist Pete Fromm; and story-teller/ songwriter Bill Harley. Consultations were provided by agents Beaumont and Kit Ward, and editors Kate Gale and Margaret Dalrymple.

Writers at Work Fall Retreat

A four day retreat for six writers will be held at A.J.Martine’s Boulder House October 4 through October 8, 2012.  It is open to serious writers who have not yet published a book.  This is an opportunity to do concentrated work and receive feedback in a small community of fellow writers.

Cost is $150 donation to Writers at Work.  Writers will furnish transportation, food, motel lodgings, and beverages of choice.  Further details are on the web site.

Writers at Work Wraps Up Its   2011 – 2012 Year

In a year that extends from September 2011 to September 2012, Writers at Work  held a writers’ retreat at A.J. Martine’s Boulder House in September.   Offered also were a competition in Memoir and Personal Story, followed by a re-Boot Camp in Memoir and Personal Story with Judith Freeman in October 2011;   a reading by Freeman and Teresa Jordan in partnership with City Art; and a panel, “What is Western Writing; What Makes Writing Western” featuring Judith Freeman, Katharine Coles, and Teresa Jordan, in partnership with the Utah Humanities Council.

In the winter, Writers at Work brought back its Fellowship Competition with prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Winners  (names and genres) were announced in April and were able to attend the Conference in June 2012 where they were honored with a featured public reading.  The winners will be published in the journal Quarterly West,and all finalists’ entries were submitted for consideration.

Writers at Work Announces Plans for 2012 – 2013

Writers at Work will hold its next signature Conference June  5 – 9, 2013 at the historic Alta Lodge in the scenic Wasatch Mountains. Faculty will be announced by December, 2012.  In addition, Writers at Work will offer its annual Fellowship Competition, with prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Only electronic entries will be accepted, and the web site, will be open for submissions starting January 1, 2013.  The deadline will be March 1, 2013. Plans are in progress for a re-Boot Camp in October, in conjunction with Book Month.

Writers at Work Board News

The Writers at Work Board is an all-volunteer working board.  Members are listed on the Writers at Work web site. The board will welcome a slate of new additional members as the planning for the 2012 – 2013 program season gets under way. New members and bios will be posted on the web site after September 1.

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