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Join Leanna James Blackwell, Director of Bay Path's MFA in Creative Nonfiction, and publishing consultant and MFA faculty member, Kate Whouley, in a lively conversation about trends in contemporary publishing. What are book publishers looking for?  How about magazines and literary journals?  What's the difference between online and traditional publishing? What are the primary markets for writers and how do they work?

Leanna and Kate will cover these topics and many others in a wide-reaching discussion open to all writers, experienced and aspiring. During the second half of the talk Kate will take questions, so come prepared with yours!


About Kate Whouley
A founding faculty member in Bay Path’s MFA program, Kate Whouley was the 2012 recipient of the New England Book Award in nonfiction for her memoir, Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words. Her first book, Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved, was a BOMC Memoir-of-the Month selection and a Book Sense Book of the Year nominee. Kate’s essays have appeared in Yankee, Salon, Obit, Shelf Awareness, Beyond the Margins, Beacon Broadside, The Boston Globe and The Cape Cod Times. Working as a book industry consultant since 1988, Kate has authored, edited, and contributed to several professional titles, including The Practical Writer: from Inspiration to Publication and Bookselling for Dummies. Here is a link to her full bio.

About Leanna James Blackwell
Leanna James Blackwell is director of the Bay Path University
MFA in Creative Nonfiction and assistant professor of creative writing. An award-winning essayist and documentary playwright, she is a member of the Northampton Playwrights Lab, former artistic director and playwright-in-residence of TKO Theatre and the Inner Stage in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the co-founder and director of The Place for Writers at Mills College in Oakland, California. Her most recent play, Curtain Call, premiered during the 2015 Play by Play Festival at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Mass. and will be performed in summer 2016 at the Berkshire Theatre Group. Other plays include The Wendy Chronicles, on the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein, commissioned by Mount Holyoke College in 2012 as part of its year-long celebration of the playwright; New Soul; Voices of the Other I, II, and III; and Inside/Beside Pinter. View her full bio here.