Albuquerque Museum Foundation presents

 

A Celebration of Writing

writing contests + workshops + panel discussion

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

9 a.m. Workshops
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Panel Discussions
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

 

This one-day event will feature educational workshops, an author discussion panel, and an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the writing competition. We are pleased to announce that the competition will be open to both unpublished and published authors of fiction, non-fiction and authors of poetry.

 

Originally known as the Albuquerque Museum Foundation Author Festival, this event is now in its fourth year and has grown and changed each year. This year, we will focus on our very popular workshops and panel discussions. We are also expanding the writing contest component to include separate contests for published authors and a new classification for published works of poetry. Please note: there will be no book fair this year.

 

A Celebration of Writing is a collaborative endeavor between the Albuquerque Museum Foundation and the local author community to benefit the educational programs at Albuquerque Museum.

 

A Celebration of Writing is organized by a volunteer committee with support from the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. Watch this site for upcoming details. For more information, email writing@albuquerquemuseum.org or call 505-842-0111.

 

All events will be held at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW, in the heart of Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Writing Contests

We are pleased to announce that the competition will be open to both unpublished and published authors in fiction and non-fiction, and to published authors in poetry. Open to all New Mexico residents.

 

 

Winners will be announced at the Albuquerque Museum Foundation's A Celebration of Writing, Friday, November 8, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Albuquerque Museum Auditorium.

Published Poetry — Deadline 6/1/19 — $20 application fee
Margaret Randall Poetry Book Award - Submit Application Fee

 

Published Fiction and Non-fiction — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 7/15/19 — $20 application fee

Douglas Preston Award for Published Fiction - Submit Application Fee

James McGrath Morris Award for Published Non-Fiction - Submit Application Fee

 

Unpublished Fiction and Non-fiction — Deadline 8/31/19 — No application fee
David Morrell Award for Unpublished Fiction
Anne Hillerman Award for Unpublished Non-Fiction

Workshops: $150

9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Join us for a morning of interactive, educational writing workshops taught by Darynda Jones and Dawn Wink, published authors who are accomplished teachers. The workshops offer writers of all abilities the chance to learn more about the craft of writing.

 

Registration includes two workshops, free parking, and lunch from Slate Cafe. Afterward please join us for free panel discussions which are open to the public.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Darynda Jones
The Architect: How Plotting Keeps your Story Tight, Tense, and Tantalizing

As a born plotter, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones has nary a scene in her books that doesn’t move the story forward. Sagging middles have never been an obstacle. Keeping the reader engaged with tense plots and fresh twists has never been a challenge. Learn how to build your story from the ground up, and how to keep it tight, tense, and tantalizing for your readers. In other words, learn how to write bestsellers.

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dawn Wink
Creating a Sense of Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Engage with author & educator Dawn Wink to successfully weave a sense of place into your writing. Surroundings demand notice and respect. Place holds potential to convey setting, character, plot, and a deep sense of connection with the reader. Learn more to enhance your sense of what is around you and in the process enrich your own writing. We’ll also explore how the combination of keeping secrets and telling lies creates powerful prose.

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch from Slate Cafe

 

Please note: The Museum has limited wall plugs for electronic devises (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.). Please make sure electronic devices brought for use during workshops are fully charged. There is a charging station in the Museum lobby to use during breaks or lunch but it is not conveniently located for use during workshop sessions.

 

 

Panel Discussions

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.  

Join us for a free program open to the general public.

 

Watch for further details.

1:30 – 2:15

Tips for Aspiring Authors

James McGrath Morris - moderator
Dawn Wink
Nasario Garcia
Darynda Jones
Irene Blea

 

2:30 – 3:15

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Publication

Joe Badal - moderator
Sherri Burr
Steve Brewer
David Morrell
Doug Preston

Writing Contests

Writing Contests

We are pleased to announce that the competition will be open to both unpublished and published authors in fiction and non-fiction, and to published authors in poetry. Open to all New Mexico residents.

 

 

Winners will be announced at the Albuquerque Museum Foundation's A Celebration of Writing, Friday, November 8, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Albuquerque Museum Auditorium.

Published Poetry — Deadline 6/1/19 — $20 application fee
Margaret Randall Poetry Book Award - Submit Application Fee

 

Published Fiction and Non-fiction — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 7/15/19 — $20 application fee

Douglas Preston Award for Published Fiction - Submit Application Fee

James McGrath Morris Award for Published Non-Fiction - Submit Application Fee

 

Unpublished Fiction and Non-fiction — Deadline 8/31/19 — No application fee
David Morrell Award for Unpublished Fiction
Anne Hillerman Award for Unpublished Non-Fiction

Workshops

Workshops: $150

9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Join us for a morning of interactive, educational writing workshops taught by Darynda Jones and Dawn Wink, published authors who are accomplished teachers. The workshops offer writers of all abilities the chance to learn more about the craft of writing.

 

Registration includes two workshops, free parking, and lunch from Slate Cafe. Afterward please join us for free panel discussions which are open to the public.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Darynda Jones
The Architect: How Plotting Keeps your Story Tight, Tense, and Tantalizing

As a born plotter, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones has nary a scene in her books that doesn’t move the story forward. Sagging middles have never been an obstacle. Keeping the reader engaged with tense plots and fresh twists has never been a challenge. Learn how to build your story from the ground up, and how to keep it tight, tense, and tantalizing for your readers. In other words, learn how to write bestsellers.

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dawn Wink
Creating a Sense of Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Engage with author & educator Dawn Wink to successfully weave a sense of place into your writing. Surroundings demand notice and respect. Place holds potential to convey setting, character, plot, and a deep sense of connection with the reader. Learn more to enhance your sense of what is around you and in the process enrich your own writing. We’ll also explore how the combination of keeping secrets and telling lies creates powerful prose.

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch from Slate Cafe

 

Please note: The Museum has limited wall plugs for electronic devises (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.). Please make sure electronic devices brought for use during workshops are fully charged. There is a charging station in the Museum lobby to use during breaks or lunch but it is not conveniently located for use during workshop sessions.

 

 

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.  

Join us for a free program open to the general public.

 

Watch for further details.

1:30 – 2:15

Tips for Aspiring Authors

James McGrath Morris - moderator
Dawn Wink
Nasario Garcia
Darynda Jones
Irene Blea

 

2:30 – 3:15

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Publication

Joe Badal - moderator
Sherri Burr
Steve Brewer
David Morrell
Doug Preston