S273. If You Build It, Will They Come?

Monument, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Literary communities contain readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, publicists, and booksellers with unique needs and goals shaped by their neighborhood, city, and regions. How can literary organizations and writing centers increase participation in and by their community? This panel will offer strategies for creating a more inclusive literary scene that is valued at the civic level just as visual arts, music, ballet, and opera are valued as a vital part of a city's cultural heritage.



Becka Oliver joined the Writers' League in 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing, first in subsidiary rights at two major publishing houses (St. Martin's Press and Grand Central Publishing), later as a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor.

Nora Comstock, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club/Teleconference Series and Las Comadres Para Las Americas complied anthology. The National Book Foundation awarded the Book Club the Innovations in Reading Award. She is a partner of the Comadres/Compadres Writers Conference

Sarah Colwill-Brown is marketing & community engagement manager at GrubStreet, one of America's leading creative writing centers. She is also fiction editor at Pangyrus and managing editor at Solstice literary mags, and working on a novel set in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Jennifer Dodgson is the education director at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she has created literary arts programs for adults, kids, and teens since 2007.


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Henry B. González Convention Center