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2018 NIMROD Conference for Writers and Readers

Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
phone: 918-631-3080.
web site:


Nimrod International Journal's 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 19th–20th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing. 

On October 19th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Patricia Smith, author of Blood Dazzler, and winner of the American Book Award and Oklahoma Book Award Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program.

On October 20th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference.  Special guest authors and editors include fiction writer Rilla Askew, Oklahoma Book Award winner and author of Fire in Beulah; poet Patricia Smith, National Book Award nominee, NAACP Image Award winner, and author of Blood Dazzler; New York Times-bestselling memoirist and poet Jill Bialosky, author of History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life; young adult author Erin Bow, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner and author of The Scorpion Rules; romance author Sarah MacLean, two-time RITA Award winner and author of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished; mystery author Julia Thomas, author of The English Boys; poet Kaveh Bassiri, Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency winner; and Carl Engle-Laird, editor at Publishing.

Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, young adult literature, romance, and science fiction; ways to attract the attention of literary agents and publishers; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 13th can also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel pitch.

Just a few of the workshops at the Conference:

How Do I Know When I’m Done?: Strategies for Revision
Making History, Taking Place: Historical Fiction
Poetry: Using Emotion Effectively, Bravely, and Responsibly
Using Weakness to Build Strong Characters
Choose Your Own Disaster: Worldbuilding for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and More
Your Agent, Your Editor, and You: Understanding Publishing’s Gatekeepers

Each registrant is entitled to participate in readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, novel-pitch critiques, and one-on-one editing sessions, though those who plan to register for novel-pitch critiques or one-on-one editing sessions must register by October 13th. Scholarships to help cover registration costs are available for students, teachers, and adult writers in need. Professional development credit is available for Tulsa Public Schools teachers.

Registration Information:

October 19th, 6:30 p.m., the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.: Nimrod Write Night. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed.

October 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., TU’s Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave.: Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers.
Early Bird Registration is open until September 30th ($50/standard, $10/scholarship).
Regular Registration is open from October 1st–October 16th ($60/standard, $10/scholarship).
Late Registration will take place at the door on October 20th ($70/standard, $15/scholarship).

Those who wish to participate in a one-on-one editing session or novel-pitch critique session must register and send in 2–3 pages of poetry or 4–5 pages of prose by October 13th.

For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080 or e-mail: or visit the Nimrod website:

Nimrod International Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

(918) 631-3080