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2023 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

  • 04 Mar 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Chesapeake College
  • 17



The 26th annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference takes place live and in-person at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland on Saturday, March 4, 2023, featuring:

Mariah Burton Nelson

A former Stanford and professional basketball player who has written primarily about the empowerment of women through sports, Mariah Burton Nelson has written creative nonfiction books for Random House, Harcourt Brace, Harper San Francisco, and William Morrow — as well as stories for Bay to Ocean Journal 2021, The New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, Working Woman, Ms., Glamour, USA Today, and other publications. She wrote columns for The Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal and has won numerous writing awards.
     She has given public presentations in 49 states and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Dateline, Nightline, Donahue, Larry King Live, Crossfire, CBS Evening News, Geraldo Rivera, National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show, Terry Gross Show, and myriad other shows. She’s working on a graphic memoir about aging, death, motherlove, and ancient goddess figurines.

Members $135; Non-members: $170

ESWA members must be logged in to the website to receive the member discount.

6 Tracks with 30 Sessions
to Choose From!

  • Understanding Unreliable Narrators in Fiction – Andrea J. Johnson
  • Finding Empathy for Fiction Characters (even when you don't like them) – Lynne Streeter Childress
  • Writing Your Debut Novel in Two Simple Steps – Heather Davis
  • Authentic Fiction: Write What You Know – Amy Schisler
  • Good to Be Bad: Crafting Great Villains and Antagonists – Dylan Roche
  • Linear Thinking–The Line, The Break, and the Craft of the Poem Gerry LaFemina
  • Generating New Work via the Proustian Path to Conjuring Memories or What the Nose Knows – Nancy Mitchell
  • Swamp Monsters and Snotflowers: Poetry and the Non-Human – Catherine Carter
  • Titles Like Blackbirds: Exploring Different Ways – G. H. Mosson
  • Beyond the Haiku: Writing Syllabic Poems – Kim E. Roberts
  • Generating Poems Through Research – Lynne Schmidt
  • Where to Begin? Openings, Stakes, Theme, and Deeper Meaning in Your Book – Kristina Gaddy
  • On Co-Writing – Elizabeth Kasper & Emily Johnson
  • Assessing Your Intuition for Maximum Creativity – Dennis Lawson, MHt.
  • The Freedom of an Unreliable Narrator in Poetry – David P. Kozinski
  • Podcasting as Promotion – Paul Comfort
  • Buffing and Polishing: The Art of the Rewrite – John DeDakis
  • Handselling Books – Kenton Kilgore
  • How to Give a Book Away: Using Free Books as a Marketing Tool – Ariele Sieling
  • Scrivener for Writers & Poets – Meg Eden Kuyatt
  • Tidewater: Writing (and Drawing) Centered in Place; A Poetry and Short Prose Generative Workshop – Lara Payne
  • Exploring the Unexpected: Writing with a Magical Twist  – Kris Faatz
  • Writing Identity Through Art – Tara Campbell
  • Diversity in Writing – K. McCoy
  • The Practice of Translation – Nathan D. Horowitz
  • How to Write Micro-Memoir – Laura J. Oliver
  • Keys to Successful Nonfiction Publishing: How I Did It and How You Can Too – Jean Burgess, Ph.D.
  • Your Story Matters: The Art and Craft of Personal Essay and Memoir – Rus VanWestervelt
  • Know 10 Times More Than You Tell: Research, Responsibility, Resources & Rabbit Holes  – Brent Lewis 
  • Listing Your Way to a (Lyric) Essay – Randon Billings Noble

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