By Karla Betania Sanchez Arismendi
The organizers of Cuenca’s third International Writers Conference are confident this year’s edition, scheduled for May 28 through June 1, will be the best yet.
“Over 25 expat writers have worked on the conference for over a year and we’re exited about our plans. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with them,” says Lynne Klippel, best-selling non-fiction author, writing teacher, publisher and president of this year’s organizing committee.
“To codify our work, we created the Literature for the Americas Foundation. Our purpose is to promote the love of writing. Our focus is to promote academic instruction, book publishing, and strategic planning. LAF will sponsor this, and next year’s conference,” Klippel says.
This year’s schedule of events includes training sessions on the craft of writing, creativity, and book marketing techniques. There will also be workshops on novels, memoirs, non-fiction, and poetry.
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“I’m excited because this year we have a larger facility, the City Museum, the old Escuela Central, and we are expecting nearly 200 writers from North and South America. It should be noted that 50 creative writing students studying at the Universidad del Azuay, and Universidad de Cuenca, were awarded scholarships sponsored by the expats’ writers’ community this year. This is another way that connects the expat community with the Cuencano community and culture. In the future, we hope to have lectures by Latin American writers, geared to American expats,” said Klippel.
The committee’s president also commented that Cuenca is a great place to hold the conference because so many expats feel inspired by the beauty of the city and the lively art scene.
The conference includes five days of workshops, presentations and several nights of casual entertainment activities where participants will be able to chat with other writers.
Unfortunately, this year’s sessions will be in English only. The organizers hope to offer sessions in Spanish as well as English in the future.
For further information, click here to visit the conference website.