Fresh Ink, NVCC’s literary magazine, will host the Fresh Ink Writer’s Conference on Fri., April 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Ruth Ann Leever Atrium at NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury.

Professional and studying literary enthusiasts are invited to share their works and learn from local professionals at the all-day conference, which will include breakout sessions on fact-to-fiction writing, poetry, editing/publishing and writing for a niche audience hosted by area experts. It will also include the announcement of this year’s Fresh Ink submission winners, readings by local writers, book signings, networking and an open mic.

Registration for the free event is requested. Contact Greg Harding at or calling 203-596-8763 to reserve a seat.

Everett Hoagland, published poet and scholar, will keynote the event. Hoagland’s works have received two Massachusetts Artists Foundation grants for poetry and the Gwendolyn Brooks Award. Hoagland was inducted into the International Literary Hall Of Fame for Writers of African Descent in Chicago in 2009.

Breakout sessions include:

Fact into Fiction: Steve Parlato, NVCC professor and author of the young adult novel The Namesake ( Merit Press Books) will lead a workshop in writing fiction for young adults. The focus will be on incorporating the detail of real life–places, people, events–into the creation of rich and compelling prose, grounded in specificity.

Lyric Poetry Workshop: This workshop will incorporate aspects of a seminar on poetry with model poems furnished at the start of the class. The workshop will also ask participants to conduct in-class writing exercises and comment on one another’s work. Participants are urged to send poems or writing of a poetic nature ahead of time to Sam Witt, author of two poetry collections and assistant professor of English at Framingham State University.

Editing for Publication: This interactive hands-on workshop will focus on techniques any writer can utilize to prepare a variety of texts—articles, essays, editorials, interviews, profiles, online entries and more—for submission to an editor, for general consideration, or for final publication. Participants will be encouraged to share their own drafts to be edited “live” alongside work samples to be provided. Facilitator and NVCC Professor Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is a newspaper, magazine, and book editor with over a decade of experience in all aspects of print publishing.

Writing for a niche audience:  Taught by Kandice Whitaker-Taylor, a freelance writer, poet and native New Yorker.

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