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Sentences 9: A Conference on Writing Prose

On 22, Feb 2017 | No Comments | In Event | By admin

Courtesy of Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (CSGS), Damon will serve on the faculty of Sentences 9: A Conference on Writing Prose, July 31 – August 4, 2017.

Sentences 9 is open to all CSGS students, alums, friends, and other post-Baccalaureate writers. The conference fee of $350 covers morning talks, afternoon craft workshops, manuscript consults, and readings by faculty and participants, as well as lunch for each of the five working days and a final reception on Friday, August 4.

This year’s Sentences faculty line up offers an impressive roster of writers representing all disciplines:

Kathryn Grant won the 2011 citation from the American Theater Critics Association for best American play produced outside of New York City.  The play, The Good Counselor, was a revised version of the play she submitted as her creative dissertation at Drew University.  She has also received the Premiere Stages Festival Award, the Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting and the Berilla Kerr Award. Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire, adapted from a story she wrote in Robert Ready’s fiction class was produced at the Actors Studio and Premiere Stages. Other plays have been presented at the John Houseman Studio Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater and Provincetown Repertory. She is published by Samuel French and Applause Books. She teaches improvisation, writing for performance and acting at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and Broadway Teachers Workshop.

William Giraldi is author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and the memoir The Hero’s Body. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University.

Damon DiMarco’s books include Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of IraqThe Actor’s Art and Craft, and The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character (with William Esper), and My Two Chinas: the Memoir of Chinese Counterrevolutionary (with Baiqaio Tang). In 2012, Damon founded the Writing for Public Intellectuals Workshop for the PhD students in History & Culture at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. A union actor, he has also written plays, screenplays, and television pilots. For more information, visit

A former foreign service officer, Mark Jacobs has published 117 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Idaho Review, and The Baffler. He has stories forthcoming in several magazines including The Hudson Review. His story “How Birds Communicate” won The Iowa Review fiction prize. His five books include A Handful of Kings, published by Simon and Shuster, and Stone Cowboy, by Soho Press, which won the Maria Thomas Award. A full list of his publications can be found at

Dale Peck’s twelfth book, Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Flavorwire. His fiction, criticism, and memoir have appeared in more than fifty publications and earned him several awards, including two O. Henrys, a Pushcart, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of PEN and the National Book Critics Circle, and an associate professor in the Graduate Writing Program of the New School. In 2015 he was named editor-in-chief of the legendary Evergreen Review.


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