Secluded: A Virtual Writing Conference will take place June 30 to July 3, 2020. We are pleased to announce the addition of Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order): Amanda Boyden, Traci Brimhall, Monica Prince, Jennifer Steil, and Ira Sukrungruang. For bios and other information, please click here.
It will feature panels, readings, discussions, virtual coffee time and happy hours.
We will also have a virtual bookfair.
For more information about the conference, please see our conference site, or contact Jeni at info (at) jeniwallace (dot) com.
1. How will this work?
We are hard at work behind the scenes building out our conference on an online summit platform. Soon, I’ll send an email out encouraging you all to register (at no cost) on the conference site. There you will be able to see planned events for the conference as they are added, as well as bios, our virtual bookfair, etc. Taking part in each session will be a little like using Zoom. So, pretty easy. We are also planning on pre-recording some readings and other events, so soon you’ll have access to that content as well. Other than that, it will work much like a regular conference session or reading would. There will be presenters, people “in attendance” and time for questions and comments at the end.
2. How does a virtual coffee hour or happy hour work?
So many of you have probably already taken part in a virtual happy hour by this point using Zoom or other video conferencing software. I’ve hosted a couple recently and they have all been surprisingly successful and gratifying. Basically, you’ll get an invitation to a Zoom meeting, and we will all hang out online with beverages of choice. We can even split people off into smaller groups if the larger group gets too big. In other words, it’s pretty laid back and fun. It may not exactly replicate meeting other people in the hotel bar afterwards, but it is, in my opinion, the next best thing.
3. How does the virtual bookfair work?
We will have space built out on our site to feature small presses and books. You will be able to order directly from them.
4. Do I have to propose something to participate?
Absolutely not. We need people to be audience members in fact! You are welcome to come and participate, or to just watch the recordings later.
5. Is there still time to submit a talk, reading, or panel?
We are out of space for *live* events, however, we are open to accommodating prerecorded readings, especially. If you are interested in this, please submit your request here.