25-Year-Old Queer Literary Journal Launches First Cross-Industry Event: The Gertrude Conference
Diverse, one-of-a-kind conference that cross-pollinates literary and screenwriting opens contests and registration for inaugural event in Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 27-28, 2024.
Award-winning writer and former publisher of Gertrude Journal, tammy lynne stoner, co-founded the conference with literary agent Beth Marshea of Ladderbird Agency after decades of attending conferences that focused on only one discipline or the other.
"We are excited to create a space where different types of storytellers have the option to learn from each other and explore new ways that stories can be told, especially given the increasing hunger for adapted work these days," says tammy lynne stoner. "Screenwriters can learn from literary writers. Writers can learn from film producers. Playwrights can inspire with their dialogue. Poets can see the poetry of film and vice versa. And AI creators can show us the future while memoirists remind us of the importance of learning from the past."
The Gertrude Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California, September 27-28, 2024. The fully in-person event will include panels, workshops, and a gala award ceremony for literary and screenwriters as well as filmmakers, with five selected short films being screened at the event.
"Especially in this post-COVID, AI world, we want to build face-to-face community in a new way that inspires people to think about their art and how it can evolve," says Beth Marshea.
Registration for The Gertrude Conference and contest submissions for literary, screenwriting, and short films open today, October 15, 2023 via their website TheGertrudeConference.org
The Gertrude Conference is an Oregon-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is redefining the landscape of Writers' Conferences by cross-pollinating writers of print, screen, and theater with an unyielding commitment to being the most enjoyable, diverse, and engaging conference out there. In addition to the diverse programming with established industry professionals who represent a wide ranging community including queer, BIPOC, women, and many more, The Gertrude Conference will also feature craft events and collaborating opportunities.