Neal Barrett Jr. and Bill Crawford both win the Busiest Texas Writer of 2000 Award.
Creative Nonfiction Conference
The weekend of March 3-4, the Austin Writers' League will present a conference titled "Exploring the Creative in Nonfiction." Lee Gutkind (Many Sleepless Nights, An Unspoken Art), the "grandfather of creative nonfiction" who founded the Creative Nonfiction journal and is the editor of the Creative Nonfiction Reader series, will be the keynote speaker. The conference is designed to assist writers looking for advice about structure and form as well as the basics of getting published. On Saturday, Gutkind will conduct a workshop titled "The Architecture of the Creative Nonfiction Essay: Style and Substance," though there are other aspects of the conference that are devoted to the business side of writing. Robert Draper, Don Graham, Skip Hollandsworth, Arturo Longoria, and Joe Nick Patoski, among others, are scheduled to participate. Cost is $135 for AWL members, $200 for non-members. Call 499-8914 for more info or see www.writersleague.org.
Applications for the 2001-2002 Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellowships are being accepted until January 26. The fellowship offers creative writers the opportunity to live and work at Paisano, J. Frank Dobie's 254-acre ranch 14 miles west of Austin. Applicants should either be a native of Texas, have lived in Texas at some time for at least two years, or have published writing that has a Texas subject. Criteria include quality of work, character of the proposed project, and suitability of the applicant for life at Paisano. The first fellowship begins September 1 and the second March 1, 2002. For more info, write: Dobie-Paisano Project, J. Frank Dobie House, 702 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705; call 471-8542; or e-mail email@example.com. To download an application, see www.utexas.edu/ogs/Paisano.