2012 Festival Poster
The Woodstock Writers Festival is a dream come true--- a collection of writers and their readers who meet for one glorious weekend in Woodstock, NY, the most famous small town in the world. We gather for workshops, panels, readings, parties and more.
Our 2012 event took place from April 19-22. Go to WoodstockWritersFestival.com
This year's theme was Occupy Woodstock. To that end we had panels on resilience, poetry and politics, politics and pop culture, the art and craft of songwriting, the serious business of being funny, an agent and publishers panel, and a look at the writing of memoir.
This year we presented the first ever festival Story Slam. Writers got a chance to win fabulous prizes, and embarrass themselves in front of a willing audience.
Among the writers who graced our stage in April were Augusten Burroughs, William Kennedy, Kurt Andersen, Abigail Thomas, Ann Hood, Shalom Auslander, Sonia Sanchez, Mark Whitaker and many many more.
On the Friday that the festival began, we offered intensive writing workshops on topics as divergent as the personal essay (with Marion Winik), the literary blockbuster (Susan Brown), function and form in poetry (Gretchen Primack), performing a monologue (the TMI Project), and self-publishing an e-book (Rick Tannenbaum).
As usual, there was laughter, tears, and drinking.
For reasons that escape me at the moment, I am the executive director of this whole shebang. What I do is delegate as much responsibility as others are willing to take on. I am brilliant at this.
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