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June 4-8, 2014

Join us in our inaugural year as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis and the 40th birthday of River Styx magazine.

The Big River Writers Conference is a gathering of writers from around the country for four days of workshops and events. For the first time in St. Louis history, River Styx is bringing together some of the most innovative and engaging writers and teachers in literature today, making them accessible to conference attendees in workshop and class settings, readings, and receptions.

This year's workshop faculty includes poets Dorianne Laux and Adrian Matejka, non-fiction writer Kathleen Finneran, and novelist George Singleton. Participants can sign up for two-day workshops with one or two instructors of their choosing. Faculty members will also teach craft lectures, which will be open to all conference participants. Conference attendees have the option of signing up for a one-on-one, one hour manuscript consultation with a River Styx editor.

The Big River Writers Conference will include a publishing panel featuring editors from some of the region's most important journals such as Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, St. Louis Magazine, and River Styx.

Nightly public readings will be given by faculty members as well as Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge and St. Louis writer Curtis Sittenfeld. Receptions and happy hours at the Moonrise Hotel will create the perfect setting for sharing experiences and ideas. Evening events will feature live performances from some of St. Louis's finest musicians.

The conference also includes time to write in an ideal setting. The luxurious Moonrise Hotel provides a peaceful escape, while the Delmar Loop is full of lively bars and quirky arts venues perfect for an afternoon or evening of writing. Find inspiration on the walk of fame with stars honoring many of St. Louis's great writers, musicians, artists, film-makers, and more.

St. Louis is one of the most historically literary cities in the country. What better place to study writing and connect with the literary community than in the home of T.S. Eliot, William Burroughs, and Tennessee Williams? St. Louis is also the home of prestigious literary journals, creative writing programs, unique bookstores, small presses, and a supportive and diverse writing community. Sara Teasdale, Howard Nemerov, Stanley Elkin, Mona Van Duyn, William Gass, Maya Angelou, A. E. Hotchner, Marianne Moore, Ntozake Shange, and Kate Chopin lived and taught in St. Louis, and the prestigious Pulitzer Prize has its origins here. 2014 marks the 250th anniversary of our city. Help us celebrate the contributions of these great local writers as we continue the tradition of St. Louis's commitment to the literary arts.

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