Delaware Art Museum hosts full-day Writers Conference

Dominican-American Playwright Erlina Ortiz to give keynote address

WILMINGTON, DE (May 20, 2019) – Using its unique collection as a backdrop, the Delaware Art Museum is hosting a full-day writing conference on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Now in its third year, the Wilmington Writers Conference will include a keynote presentation and craft talk by local playwright Erlina Ortiz and eleven other sessions taught by area writers. This year the conference will explore the theme of ‘place’ in conversation with the Museum’s summer exhibition Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago and special exhibition The Loper Tradition: Paintings by Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr. The conference—which is open to individuals of all ages and experience levels, from first-time writers to published authors—is $30 for the general public, $25 for senior citizens and Museum Members, and $15 for students with an ID. A limited number of full scholarships will be available. Registration opens on May 28th at

The Wilmington Writers Conference was organized by the Museum in partnership with a group of local, professional, and aspiring writers. In addition to providing resources for area writers, the goal of the conference is to spark discussion, provide opportunities for networking, and to build a stronger writing community in Delaware and the surrounding region. The conference kicks off the night before on Friday, July 26th with an informal gathering and open mic emceed by Maria Masington from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

After Ms. Ortiz’s keynote address on Saturday, conference participants will attend a morning and afternoon session they have previously chosen from a list of diverse offerings, which include:

  • JoAnn Balingit—Watershed: Personal Landmarks in Public Conversation for Poetry & Prose
  • Saliym Cooper —Out of My Mind, Just in Time: Experiential Meditation for Writers
  • Tara Elliott—More than Meets the Eye
  • Lois Hoffman—Building Your Writing Platform
  • Gemelle John—Unsafe Journeys: Internalizing the Exquisite Corpse
  • Carrie Knowles—When Place Becomes a Character How Do You Give it a Voice?
  • Maureen McVeigh—Where Have You Been All Your Life: A Travel Writing Workshop
  • Devon Miller-Duggan—Stepping Over the Frame: Ekphrasis as Journey into Edward Loper’s Paintings
  • Ann Quinn—Artifact as Muse: Using the Things We Share to Bring Nonfiction and Poetry to Life
  • Kim Roberts & Dan Vera—Claiming History: Writing Cliophrastic Poems
  • Nancy Sakaduski—The Local Connection: Using Sense of Place to Attract Readers, Agents, and Publishers

The day will conclude with a moderated panel discussion about writing while working with Mara Gorman, David P. Kozinski, and Chet’la Sebree.

For more information about the Wilmington Writers Conference, including artist biographies and session descriptions, please visit Registration for the conference is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.