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2024 Summer Writing Retreat Informational Webinar

June 14 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

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You can join this Informational Session (Live on Zoom) by clicking this link. It starts at 12:00 PM CDT on Friday, June 14. Hope to see you there!

Ahead of July, we’re hosting an informational webinar on Friday, June 14, at 12:00 PM CDT to share details and answer any questions you might have about the 2024 Summer Writing Retreat.

Join WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and our three instructors (Elissa Altman, Amy Gentry, and Chaitali Sen) for a look at all of the writerly goodness in store for this one-of-a-kind virtual event. 

RSVP to receive the link to the live webinar. And don’t worry if you can’t be there! This will be recorded and made available to everyone who RSVPs.

Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Featured Presenter(s)

Elissa Altman is the award-winning author of the memoirs Motherland, Treyf, Poor Man’s Feast, and her upcoming hybrid memoir about permission and creativity, On Permission, coming in winter 2025. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Connecticut Book Award, and Maine Literary Award for memoir, Altman’s essays have appeared in Orion, Narrative, On Being, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the Washington Post, where her column, Feeding My Mother, ran for a year. Altman writes and speaks widely on the intersection of permission and the creative spirit, and has appeared live on the TEDx stage and at the Public Theater in New York. She teaches the craft of memoir at the Fine Arts Work Center, Orion, Maine Media College, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, College of William and Mary, and internationally. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Amy Gentry headshotAmy Gentry is the bestselling author of the thrillers Good as Gone, Last Woman Standing, and Bad Habits, as well as a book of music criticism, Tori Amos's Boys for Pele, for Bloomsbury Press's 33 1/3 series. Her reviews and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon.com, Texas Monthly, Austin Chronicle, The Best Food Writing of 2014, and many other outlets. She holds a PhD in English and is a teacher and book coach in Austin, Texas.
Becka Oliver joined the WLT in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than two decades of experience working in newspaper and book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big five” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group — licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and nonfiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.
Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky and the story collection A New Race of Men from Heaven, chosen by Danielle Evans as the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and one of Kirkus Reviews' 100 Best Fiction Books of 2023. Her stories and essays have been published by American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Catapult, Colorado Review, Ecotone, and many other publications. She holds an MFA from Hunter College - City University of New York, and currently lives in Central Texas.


June 14 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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