Friday, June 8

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Books will be sold today

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Suzy Fincham-Gray (NF)

Writing the Nonfiction Proposal. Champagne? Hot Air Balloon? A Tiffany diamond? Or a well-crafted proposal for your non-fiction manuscript to get it noticed by agents and publishers? How to take an idea and turn it into a book. This lecture will detail the steps for writing a successful proposal, why writing a proposal might be the right choice for your manuscript, and what happens once the proposal is sold.

Room: Salon 5

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Matt Horwitz (S)

Relationship Problems…Or Not: How to best use your relationship with your agent/manager to get the most out of your career.

 Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

 Faculty Lecture: David Ulin (NF)

Show and Tell: Lucia Berlin and Personal Narrative. In this seminar, we will dismantle the old bromide “Show, Don’t Tell” in favor of the more accurate and useful “Show and Tell.” Writers are often told to favor narrative over exposition, but the reality is that we need both. Especially in personal narrative, which often relies on a kind of double vision, in which the narrator is looking back at, or reflecting on, past action, a little exposition can go a long way. In this class, we will take a close look at two narratives by Lucia Berlin, the Bay Area writer who died in 2004. Berlin’s work blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction; it is almost always autobiographical and often involves a protagonist, a narrator, who shares the author’s name. It is also highly innovative in its approach and its forms. For the purposes of our discussion, we will examine “A Manual for Cleaning Women” and “Emergency Room Notebook, 1977.” [A pdf will be sent to you and copies will be available at residency.)

Room: Salon 5

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Seth Fischer (All)

Developmental Editing. At some point before your book is published, it will likely undergo at least one round of developmental, or “big picture,” edits. When most writers get to that stage, they’re not sure what to expect or how to respond. If you study developmental editing, however, you’ll not only be prepared to work with a developmental editor, but you’ll find tools to help you improve your work. Sometimes, you might even make a little extra money helping out other authors. In this class, we’ll discuss what developmental editing is, how it differs from copyediting and proofreading, and its role in the publishing world. We’ll also explore some of the tools—like story mapping, editorial letters, and representative line edits—that developmental editors use to help writers see their work in new ways.

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
Map: http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/resort-map

Salons 1, 2 and 8 are located in the main conference and meeting area
Map: http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/resort-map

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-4:15: Main Genre Workshops

4:30pm

Fall Graduates Meeting Salon 6

Your attendance is required.

Room: Salon 5

 

8:00pm

Evening Program:  The Same Thing, But Different: Writing the Second Book/Script Without Losing Your Mind.