The Delaware Art Museum, using its collection as a backdrop, will host a full-day writing conference June 24.

The Wilmington Writers Conference will include a keynote presentation and craft talk by novelist and Wilmington native Christopher Castellani; eight other sessions taught by area writers; a lunchtime discussion on Delaware's literary history and tour of the exhibition “The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner”; and a panel discussion about being a writer.

The conference, organized by the museum in partnership with a group of local professional and aspiring writers, aims to provide resources and spark dialogue about building a stronger writing community in northern Delaware and the surrounding region.

Christopher Castellani was selected as the keynote speaker for his writing accomplishments, his connection to Delaware and his work with GrubStreet, the nation's largest and leading independent creative writing center.

After Castellani's address, conference participants will attend a morning and afternoon session they have previously chosen from a list of diverse offerings, which include:

— “Writing in 3D: Creating Landscape, Place, and Setting,” taught by Lisa Dill

— “Damsels Not In Distress,” taught by Ramona DeFelice-Long

— “The Art of Perspective,” taught by Christopher Castellani

— “Worth a Thousand Words: Making Poetry from Art,” taught by Lisa Lutwyche

— “Spoken Word Poetry,” taught by Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills, Delaware's Twin Poets Laureate

— “Novel Inspirations,” taught by Ramona DeFelice-Long

— “The 90-Minute MFA in Short Fiction,” taught by Dennis Lawson

— “Shattering Time: Alternate Structures for Personal Essay and Memoir,” taught by Maribeth Fischer

— “Picture It! Using Collage to Shape Your Story,” taught by Jessa Mendez

The day will conclude with a moderated panel discussion about being a writer with Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills, Delaware's Twin Poets Laureate; David Teague, middle grade novel and picture book author and University of Delaware literature professor; and Maribeth Fischer, novelist, essayist and founder and executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild.

The conference, which is open to individuals of all ages and experience levels, is $25 for the general public, $20 for senior citizens and museum members and $15 for students.

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