Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference in Pittsburgh that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment.

 

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WHAT IS CONVERSATIONS AND CONNECTIONS? 

Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference at Chatham University in Pittsburgh that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and has been held for the past 11 years in Washington DC, and the past 4 in Pittsburgh. All proceeds go to participating small presses and literary magazines, and to Barrelhouse.

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WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR REGISTRATION FEE? 

A whole lot of stuff! For your $75 registration fee, you get the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors keynote discussion, and 3 craft workshop/panel sessions, plus 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors, your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books, 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those of you 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour. Boxed Wine Happy Hour!

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WHERE DOES
THE MONEY GO? 

Conversations and Connections is organized by Barrelhouse, a nonprofit literary organization. Exactly one half of every $75 registration goes directly to the participating literary magazines and small presses. After expenses, the rest goes to Barrelhouse to support printing costs, paying writers, and other community projects like the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 cash award for emerging literary organizations.

Want to write better? Want to get published, or take your writing and publishing to the next level?
 

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Attending pricey, academic-style, lecture-hall writer’s conferences won’t quite get you there, no matter how good the bagels are.

Here’s what will: a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, editors and publishers. You need to speak with the people who make editorial decisions, as well as with others who are trying to perfect their craft, just like you.

You’ll find this at Conversations & Connections, a conference devoted to giving you practical advice on getting published.  Since 2007, Conversations & Connections has been a top-pick among writers in the DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh areas: 2018 marks our fourth conference at lovely Chatham University in Pittsburgh. 

 

Here's what some of our previous attendees have to say: 

I like that the emphasis was on writing. Many conferences are all about pitching and it becomes stressful. This was about connecting with people and coming away with new ideas.
It was very non-pretentious and inviting. As someone who has never attended a conference before, I suppose I had some preconceived notion. But I thought everyone from the facilitators to the attendees to the panelists were accessible and friendly and helpful. The sense of community and new relationships was well worth it.
I just love the feeling of being among writers, and this conference is the right price and the right size. It’s inspiring without being intimidating.
It’s always great to meet with fellow writers in a welcoming environment. The panels were inspiring, thought-provoking, and conversational. Speed Dating left me excited to revise and submit my story to publications I hadn’t known about before.
 
 Barrelhouse Nonfiction Editor Tom McAllister, Art Director Killian Czuba, and Fiction Editor Joe Killiany at Conversations and Connections Pittsburgh 2016. 

Barrelhouse Nonfiction Editor Tom McAllister, Art Director Killian Czuba, and Fiction Editor Joe Killiany at Conversations and Connections Pittsburgh 2016. 

Brought to You by  Barrelhouse

Conversations and Connections is organized by Barrelhouse, an all-volunteer literary nonprofit that produces a biannual print magazine and manages a small press that prints several books each year. Barrelhouse also manages a vibrant website constantly updated with new poetry, prose, and essays, as well as book reviews and literary ephemera, and the podcast Book Fight. 

Barrelhouse also manages this conference in Pittsburgh in the Fall and DC in the Spring, as well as the writer's retreat Writer Camp. The 2018 conference will be the fourth in Pittsburgh, and our Spring 2019 conference will mark twelve years in DC.

In 2016, Barrelhouse created the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 cash grant to emerging literary organizations that is sponsored by Submittable. The first recipient of the Amplifier was Girls Write Pittsburgh, which empowers teen girls in the Pittsburgh area to find their voice through creative writing. The second Amplifier recipient was Fiyah, a magazine of black speculative fiction.