In “Meet, Share, Write” we will be publicizing ways open adoption bloggers (and readers) can meet up, learn, and offer their own knowledge and experience beyond the blogging world. Do you have a conference, call for proposals, or other opportunity you think may be of interest to our blogging network? Let us know.
- “Create the Next Wave,” the annual conference of the American Adoption Congress (AAC) in partnership with Adoption Network Cleveland
April 10-14, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio
- “Contact Between Adoptive and Birth Families: What Works?,” the New Worlds of Adoption Conference for 2013 at the University of Massachusetts
April 11-13, 2013 in Amherst, MA
- Putting It All Together: Adoption, Race & Family,” the annual Pact Family Camp for adoptive families with children of color. Early bird registration ends after April 15.
July 3-7, 2013 in Tahoe City, CA
- Weaving Cultures Camp for transracially adopted African American kids and their families
August 8-11, 2013 in Hiram, Ohio
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Adoptive Families Magazine is seeking personal essays and photos from adoptive parents, birth family members, and adoptees of all ages for their special double issue, “Celebrate Adoption: Our Families, Our Stories.” Submissions are due by April 1; details here.
- “The Mirror Monologues” seeks submissions from women of all ages about the role mirrors play in their lives. Although the project is not specifically about adoption, the theme of physical appearance/likeness often appears in adoption writing, so we thought the opportunity was worth sharing. Selected pieces will be used in a script to be presented New York in 2014. Submissions are being accepted through March 31; details are here.
- Nonfiction works (e.g. memoir/graphic/illustrated/narrative photo essay, poetry) by mothers of children with special needs are being solicited for a proposed anthology. The editors write, “We want people to see, experience, and feel how mothers of children with special needs live with challenges that are, yes, lived painfully and differently than what most people outside of our world understand, but also generously, fully, and joyfully.” This project, too, is not specifically about adoption, but there is often intersection between the adoption and special needs communities. The submission deadline is April 22; details are here.