This past weekend, CambridgeEditors had the pleasure of attending the second annual Hollihock Literary Conference from August 26th-28th in New Bedford, MA. This year’s theme was “What Scares You?” encouraging the artist in all of us to get out of our comfort zone and #WriteOn.
Our own Dr. Harte Weiner lead a poetry class on Friday night in which she read pieces from some of her favorite voices in poetry, including Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds and Henri Cole. Focusing on the school of Confessional Poetry using both free verse and formal poetic structures; themes hovered over mother and child relationships and other personal conversations from the heart. She was pleased to receive positive feedback from many of those in attendance.
On day two, interns Emily and Margeaux joined Dr. Weiner and fellow intern Silas to lead a discussion about editing strategies. The audience was given a chance to edit a sample short story taken anonymously from our archive. The interns then shared the edits they had made and discussed the key elements of professional editing. Dr. Weiner read a few pieces of her poetry, including a lovely piece dedicated to the interns!
Hollihock was a wonderful opportunity for us at CambridgeEditors to network with other members of the Massachusetts literary community. We were able to sit in on other events, including a class on journaling and strategies for daily writing, a conversation and Q+A with the Poet Laureate of Boston, and a lecture about authenticity in YA fiction. A great time was had by all.