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The Small Wonder Writing Conference

  • 23 Nov 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Dover Public Library

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ESWA's Free November Writing Conference featuring readings and workshops sessions on "Authenticity in Poetry" and "Hand Selling Books"!

More About the Conference

Located at the Dover Public Library (35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE) on November 23rd from 10 am - 1 pm.  A networking lunch will follow at Frazier's from 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm.  Please note that participants are responsible for their own lunch costs.

Need to renew your membership?  Or bringing a friend that is not an ESWA member?  Visit this link to renew or join!  Membership includes monthly workshops across the Eastern Shore, networking with fellow members, open mic opportunities, possible publication in the Bay to Ocean Anthology, and more!

The Sessions:

"Authenticity on the Page and in Your Presentation" with David Kozinski

Poetry is fiction, no matter how factual it is. Each poem is a small world that the poet shapes and populates. Each must be believable and consistent in itself, even as it contains the contradictions and ironies that are the stuff of human experience. The narrator is never quite the same person as the poet, and is sometimes very different. The poet must feel comfortable, or at least able to function, in the skin of the narrator, whether he/she is as honest as Abe Lincoln, prone to embellishment, or an out and out fabulist. Choosing authentic details – those that fit the poem’s purposes – is vital in creating a microcosm that can be effectively communicated via the printed page, the screen or, best of all, out loud. In the workshop we’ll discuss a few poems that present their worlds succinctly and beautifully and perform quick writing exercises that explore using fiction to get at the truth, regardless of the facts.

"Hand Selling Books" with Kenton Kilgore

Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or something else, you can make money and win lifelong, hardcore fans by selling your books in person. There's a lot to gain, but it's more--much more--than just signing copies. So, how best to do it?

Author Kenton Kilgore walks you through every step of how to successfully hand-sell books, with lots of do’s and don’ts that he learned from extensive experience. Among the aspects that Kenton discusses are:

  • Picking the right venue;
  • What you’ll need to bring;
  • Pricing to make you the most money;
  • Setting up the display; and
  • His “One-Spoonful-At-A-Time” selling technique that you and your customers will be comfortable with.
Think you're too shy to meet people and convince them to buy your books? Kenton shows you how to overcome that so you can easily engage with potential readers.

About Our Presenters:

David Kozinski:

David P. Kozinski received the 2018 Established Professional Poetry Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. His full-length book of poems, Tripping Over Memorial Day was published by Kelsay Books in 2017. He has won the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes (Broadkill Press) and the Delaware Literary Connection Poetry Contest. Kozinski was named 2018 Mentor of the Year by Expressive Path, a non-profit that facilitates youth participation in the arts. He serves on the boards of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories magazine. He is Art Editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Kozinski has been a frequent featured reader in the region – on several occasions incorporating his visual art into his poetry programs. Publications include Anti-Heroin Chic, Apiary, The Broadkill Review, Cheat River Review, Confrontation, Fox Chase Review, glimmertrain.com, Möbius, and The Rathalla Review.


Kenton Kilgore: 

Kenton Kilgore is the author of the young adult science fiction/fantasy novels This Wasted Land, Lost Dogs, and Dragontamer's Daughters, as well as the children's picture book, Our Wild Place.  Kenton currently serves as President of the Eastern Shore Writers Association.  He lives on and writes about Kent Island, MD.

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