Friday, December 8

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Books will be sold today

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Carina Chocano & David Ulin (F/NF/S)

Critic-to-Critic. In this talk, book critic David Ulin and film critic Carina Chocano will talk about the art of criticism, but also the role of the critic in society, what earns a rave, what earns a pan.

Room: Salon 6

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Elizabeth Crane (F)

The Close Read: “The Universal Story” by Ali Smith. In this seminar, we will look at the short story “The Universal Story” by Ali Smith, which follows the life of a paperback copy of The Great Gatsby (okay, well, sort of) reading it together on a sentence and paragraph level with an eye to uncovering how Smith went about creating this uniquely structured work. We will consider all aspects of how a short story is crafted and how the totality of elements in this unusual story adds up to something universal. Copies of the story will be available beforehand in the office.

 Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Luke Yankee (PL)

How to Get Your Play Produced. So, you finished your script. Congratulations! Now what?  In this workshop, produced playwright and published author Luke Yankee will talk you through the ins and outs of knowing when your script is ready, living room readings, renting theatres, attracting “name” actors with juicy roles, contests, publishing, contacting producers and never underestimating the value of free pizza.

Room: Salon 6


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 4:15pm: Main Genre Workshops

Classes will be held in the Las Flores Conference Center

Salons 1, 2 and 8 are located in the main conference and meeting area

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-4:15: Main Genre Workshops


The Coachella Review Editorial and Orientation meeting

If you are currently editing/reading for The Coachella Review or wish to be considered for editorial or reading spots in 2018, please attend this important meeting

Room: Salon 6



Evening program: Night of 1000 Plays in the BluEmber room