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Save the Date

Friday, September 30, 2016
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gerhardinger Center 109, Mount Mary University (view map)
FREE Event! Register online

Event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are appreciated. For information or to reserve your place, contact Karen Murray at or 414-930-3359.

Publishing Institute
Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Gerhardinger Center 109 (Keynote) and breakout sessions in Notre Dame Hall, 2nd Floor (view map)
Register online

Learn more about query letters, custom publishing, writing communities, and landing your first book deal. Plus, practice pitching your project with an agent. There is a fee for this all-day workshop and one-on-one sessions with an agent.

 Friday  About the Keynote:  Dasha Kelly
Dasha Kelly

DASHA KELLY is a writer, performer, social entrepreneur, and carrot cake connoisseur. As a poet and novelist, her writings have appeared in anthologies, text books, magazines, and online. She is also an HBO Def Poetry Jam alum. As founder and director of an outreach initiative utilizing the transformative power of the written and spoken word, Dasha has performed and delivered workshops to writers, youth, educators, co-eds, executives, inmates, and artists throughout the U.S. This year, she returns to Botswana as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy. Dasha Kelly’s novel, Almost Crimson, will be available through Curbside Splendor Publishing, in May.

 Saturday  Author/Agent and Keynote Speaker: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Jacquelyn  JACQUELYN MITCHARD is the author of 20 books for adults, young adults, and children, whose first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, (1996) was called by USA Today “one of the most influential books of the past 25 years.” Her subsequent novels and stories have been nominated for and/or won many awards, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Walkabout Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bluebonnet Prize. Her work is set in contemporary times, and her stories deal with ethnically demanding issues, from biomedical science to crime to the challenges that face the family. The editor-in-chief of a young adult only imprint, Merit Press, she is a professor in the MFA program in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her husband and their nine children in Cape Cod.

 Registration Information

Questions?  Please contact Karen Murray,, (414) 930-3359.

Sponsored by the Master of Arts in English Program at Mount Mary University. 

Special thanks to Red Oak Writing for planning and promotional support. 

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