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.

A Practical Writer's Conference

 

"Practical Advice on Writing" is our tagline and the approach we take to everything about the conference: we want to make sure you leave Conversations and Connections with real information, connections, and practices that you can apply to your writing that very day.

 

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.
 
 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.