55th Annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

"Literary Inspiration by the Sea" - August 3rd-6th
Best-selling author Barbara Shapiro will give the keynote address at the 55th annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference (Courtesy of CCWC)

Founded in 1962, the Cape Cod Writers Center Conference is one of the oldest on-going writers’ conferences in the nation and has become a summer tradition on Cape Cod.  This year’s CCWC Conference takes place Thursday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 6th at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. 

The four-day conference will feature Keynote Speaker Barbara Shapiro, author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Art Forger and The Muralist.  “It took me twenty-five years and ten novels before I got my big break,” says Shapiro, “and I plan to give a humorous speech about the power of persistence and hard work — and how a little bit of luck never hurts.”

Conference attendees may choose from a wide range of courses in literary genres. Among them are; “Forensic Investigations,” taught by Michelle Clark, a Medicolegal Death Investigator; “Poetry and the Political Landscape” taught by Danielle Legros Georges, Boston’s Poet Laureate; and “The Ethics of First Person Narration” by Richard Hoffman, Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

Beyond the twenty-eight courses in writing, promotion, and social media, participants can register for agent advice on query letters or request a manuscript mentoring session.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to pitch their books, participate in critique sessions, engage in lunchtime roundtable discussions, and read their works in evening gatherings.

“The CCWC is pleased that the conference has continued to be an important literary event for the last five and a half decades. That’s significant in an era when dramatic changes are taking place in the publishing industry,” says Nancy Rubin Stuart, Executive Director of the organization.  She attributes the conference’s “friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere” for its continued growth and longevity.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit www.capecodwriterscenter.org. You may also email [email protected] or call (508) 420-0200. 

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