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2015 Conference Keynote Cocktail Reception

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Hyatt Regency Austin on Lady Bird Lake
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

6/27/2015 From 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

 with Bret Anthony Johnston


Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. - Hyatt Texas Ballroom

Light refreshments provided. Cash bar.

Admission is FREE to all Conference Registrants or by special invitation of the Writers' League

We couldn't be more excited to have acclaimed author (and writing instructor) Bret Anthony Johnston join us for this year's A&E Conference as our Saturday Keynote Cocktail speaker!

All attendees of the cocktail reception will receive a copy of Bret's acclaimed debut novel Remember Me Like This (named one of the best books of 2014 by the New York Times, Esquire, and BookPage). Please RSVP via the register button on the upper right of this page to let us know you are coming. Bret will be available to sign books after his keynote speech.

More About Bret:

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a national bestseller. The book has been translated around the world and is being made into a major motion picture. Bret is also the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.

His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.