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If you’re coming out to AWP this week in lovely Tampa, FL, you’ll have plenty of chances to see some of your favorite UCR writers. Here’s where you can find us:

All week, we’ll be in booth 725. You can find us on the map here. We’ll have candy. We’ll have electricity. We’ll have flyers and handouts and there will be live appearances by students, faculty, and alums. Here’s the panels:

R195. Destruction and Creation: Addiction, Recovery, and Writing

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The addiction story, though centuries old, is a breaking one. Five authors who write from the edges present addiction perspectives and offer their approaches, both practical and emotional, to writing about addiction and recovery and the role addiction plays in their creative lives. The addiction myth operates in profound ways both historically and presently in the lives of writers. How do vocation and addiction intersect? How do we write in and through addiction spaces, images, and narratives?


Moderator:

Kelly Thompson is a contributor and curates Voices On Addiction for The Rumpus. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart, and she has work published in EntropyProximityO ComelyManifest StationWitch CraftThe Writing Disorder, and 49 Writers, among other literary magazines.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me. She serves on the Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and she is assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction. His fifth book, the memoir, Liar, was released in 2016. He is a professor of creative writing at UCR.

Vanessa Mártir has an unapologetically big mouth, and even bigger heart. Her work has been published in Poets & WritersThe Butter, and Dismantle, The VONA/Voices Anthology, among others. She created the Writing Our Lives Workshop and the #52essays2017 challenge. vanessamartir.net

R189. Fierce Muses: Inspiration During Times of Social Unrest

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Shakespeare invokes “a muse of fire, to ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” What fierce muses can inspire our own artistry and personal commitment in an increasingly fraught world? Does inspiration come from confrontation and subversion? Contemplation and turning inward? How to engage with our work when danger and despair loom? Five award-winning novelists, poets, and nonfiction writers will discuss their sources of inspiration in these challenging social and political times.


Moderator:

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction: Every Kind of WantingA Life in MenSlut Lullabies, and My Sister’s Continent. She is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the faculty editor of The Coachella Review at UCR.

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey was an AWP Award Series winner. Her novels are The Motel of the StarsStrange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, and she has coedited an essay collection, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean. She teaches at Gettysburg College.

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. He is assistant professor of creating writing at Eastern Kentucky University.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books including The Narrow DoorUnbuilt Projects, and The Burning House. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

F129. Screenwriting: Introducing Your Protagonist

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

Friday, March 9, 2018

9:00 am to 10:15 am

One of the most important moments in any screenplay is the introduction of the protagonist. On this panel, we show examples of great character introductions in films as well as examine how those moments relate to plot, theme, and character arc. Screenwriters and instructors leave with a new arsenal of examples to help them improve their own work and the work of others.


Moderator:Leslie Kreiner Wilson, PhD, is a produced screenwriter and directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television at Pepperdine University. Her recent publications include fiction as well as essays on screenwriters Frances Marion and Anita Loos in several academic journals.
Andrés Orozco is the writer/director of various award-winning films, including Yo Soy Tu NiñaGod Speaks Spanish, and 16 Summers. He is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University, where he teaches digital media courses and oversees film production. He is also a SAG actor.
Tom Provost wrote Under Suspicion starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. He wrote and directed The Presence starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. The film won numerous Best Picture and Best Director awards. He is an honors graduate from UT Austin. He is an MFA candidate at UCR.

S141. A Life of Crime: Writing at the Dark End of the Street

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am

If the academy is opening to genre fiction, the MFA world has been less immediately inclusive. Capital-L literature is the stock and trade of top writing programs. Few identifying as crime writers teach in the more established programs. This despite Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Attica Locke, Don Winslow, and other writers known for craft—and sales. Five accomplished crime writers talk about the label, the marketplace, the devoted readership, and crime’s place among today’s best fiction.

Moderator:
Bill Beverly is the author of Dodgers, a novel. He’s a past editor of 32 Poems magazine. His book On the Lam is a survey of the criminal fugitive figure in narratives from 1932 to 1952. He teaches at Trinity University in Washington, DC.
Vu Tran is the author of the novel, Dragonfish. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his fiction has appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mysteries. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.
Steph Post is the author of the novels Lightwood and A Tree Born Crooked. She is a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. She holds an MA from UNC-Wilmington and teaches writing at Howard W. Blake HS.
Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Gangster Nation, Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, The House of Secrets, which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He holds an MFA from Bennington College and founded and direct the Low Residency MFA at the University of California, Riverside.
Stephen Jay Schwartz, a Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author, spent a number of years as the director of development for filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen. A judge for the LA Times Book Prize and the Edgars, he received his MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside and teaches at Emerson College Los Angeles

S250. By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Suicide loss is a subject often shrouded in shame and silence. How do we write narratives of suicide loss (through poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) that are honest and cathartic, but also artful? The panelists, all survivors of suicide loss, will explore the ethics, emotions, and craft of writing about suicide.

Moderator:Gayle Brandeis is the author of The Art of Misdiagnosis (memoir), The Selfless Bliss of the Body (poetry). Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (craft), and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (winner of The Bellwether Prize), Self StorageDelta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns.
Nick Flynn has published nine books, including My FeelingsSome EtherAnother Bullshit Night in Suck CityThe Captain Asks for a Show of HandsThe ReenactmentsThe Ticking Is the Bomb, and Blind Huber. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.
Linda Gray Sexton is the author of four novels, two books of nonfiction, and three memoirs, including Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton, and Half In Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and a freelance editorial consultant.
Ruth Nolan, MFA, MA, is the author of Ruby Mountain and editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of CA’s Deserts. She is professor of creative writing and Native American literature at College of the Desert. She holds an MFA from UCR.
Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction. His fifth book, the memoir, Liar, was released in 2016. He is a professor of creative writing at UCR.

S283. Eight Mistakes Screenwriters Make and How to Fix Them

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

In this panel, screenwriters examine the common problems they see in the work of the emerging script writer and offer strategies to correct those issues. This session helps both writers and instructors identify and fix their own work or the work of their students.

Moderator:Leslie Kreiner Wilson, PhD, is a produced screenwriter and directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television at Pepperdine University. Her recent publications include fiction as well as essays on screenwriters Frances Marion and Anita Loos in several academic journals.
Tom Provost wrote Under Suspicion starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. He wrote and directed The Presence starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. The film won numerous Best Picture and Best Director awards. He is an honors graduate from UT Austin. He is an MFA candidate at UCR.
Andrés Orozco is the writer/director of various award-winning films, including Yo Soy Tu NiñaGod Speaks Spanish, and 16 Summers. He is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University, where he teaches digital media courses and oversees film production. He is also a SAG actor.
Signings:
Gina Frangello will be signing Every Kind of Wanting at the Catapult/Counterpoint booth (1711) 11:30 on Thursday.
Tod Goldberg will be signing Gangster Nation at the Catapult/Counterpoint booth (1711) at 10:45 on Friday.
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