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John Reed

The Pirates

In–depth read and critique session

9:30 PM into the wee hours
Vista III

This is a lively, spirited read-and-critique session, often stretching into the wee, small hours of the morning. Students who try hard to help their fellow writers often end up helping themselves even more. You won’t need to bring copies for the group, but if you want in-text edits, provide one copy for the instructor.

Message to Students

Of my students I require an open mind and a willingness to write from the heart – even when you don’t feel good, and if it’s your first time to the conference: Relax, take a deep breath and plunge in.You’ll find your writing life forever changed.


 John Reed is the author of five novels, Mountain of AshesThirteen Mountain, Dark Thirty, Shadow White as Stone and The Kingfisher’s Call. His short story, “The Third Hurricane” appears in Hurricanes and Swan Songs from  Borda Books. More information at       

For more than 20 years, he’s conducted writing workshops and seminars in the U.S. and abroad. His presentations are characterized by humor and high energy.  His experience as a writer and teacher has helped many writers find their voice, polish their prose and market their work.

His poetry has appeared in over 50 literary magazines and journals throughout the U.S. and Canada.He won the New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly’s National Narrative Poetry Competition in 1985.

Writing Tip I Live By


Literary (and other) Heroes

Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Franzen, Lee Child; plus Hemingway, Faulkner and all the other great old Dead Guys. Reed also recommends that all participants be sure to pick up a copy of How to Write a Damn Good Novel by Jim Frey.