Session Three

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1:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. 

Writing About Those Close to You: The Joys and Terrors with Charles Coe

Writing about complicate relationships with the people in your life can be a challenge. What do you have the right to share with the world about someone else? How can you tell stories that are honest but fair? This poet and writer will explore these question and read from and discuss his latest volume of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents.

Author Charles CoeAbout Charles Coe:

Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon, both published by Leapfrog Press. His poetry has appeared in a number of literary reviews and anthologies, including Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. He is the winner of a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Charles’s poems have been set by a number of composers, including Beth Denisch, Julia Carey and Robert Moran. A short film based on his poem Fortress is currently in production by filmmaker Roberto Mighty. 

Charles is co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, a labor union for freelance writers. He has been selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.” His novella, Spin Cycles, was published in October by Gemma Media. Charles is program officer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and oversees general operating support grants for cultural organizations in the state.


You Should Get a Grant for That! Applying for Funding to Support Your Writing – A Nuts and Bolts Approach with Penny Guisinger

“You should get a grant for that,” is a commonly heard piece of well-meaning advice often shared with writers. “There’s lots of money out there for artists.” It sounds like good advice, and maybe it’s even true, but often your research leads you to an overwhelming array of hard-to-understand options. Even if you choose a grant to apply for the questions seem either too vague or too specific and you aren’t sure how to answer them. Who gets these grants anyway, and how do you really apply for them? Penny Guisinger has over two decades’ experience writing grants, and will share her secrets. There is money out there for writers and other artists, and while it’s not always easy to find, there are things you can do to narrow your searches, write better proposals, and make your application stand out in the slush pile. 

Author Penny GuisingerAbout Penny Guisinger:

Penny Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Solstice Literary Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, and About Place Journal, and her reviews appear regularly in The Quoddy Tides and The Review Review. Her essay Coming Out was named as a finalist in the 2013 Fourth Genre essay contest, and one called Provincetown was awarded an editor’s choice award from Solstice. She is the founding organizer of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose. Penny is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Penny is also a musician and a photographer. She shares her home with her wife and “the two most beautiful, talented children in the world.”

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