Monday, June 5

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Books will be sold today.

8:00am: Breakfast


9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Katherine Macdonald (S)

Room: Salon 4

Yeah, But Can You Sell It?: What Makes A Script Marketable. You’ve written your script. Your agent is sending it out. What actually happens next? In this talk, we discuss why it is advantageous for screenwriters to think about marketing in the writing stage, how the Marketing department weighs in on acquisitions and greenlight, and, also, if you’re making the movie yourself and you hope to crowd-fund, you’ll need marketing to get your crowd to actually fund, so it’s important for the script to have the goods! We’ll also talk about: The difference between Marketability and Playability (and how one does not guarantee the other); how marketing execs evaluate scripts, what they look for, what concerns them; how to make sure your script has great “trailer moments”; and then…what happens next, from the insider point of view. In short? If you’re writing scripts? Come to this.

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Ron Currie Jr. (F)

Room: Salon 6

Laugh, Clown: The Necessity of Humor in Writing and Life. The ability to laugh in dark times has kept me from killing myself, and my inclination to treat the gravest matters with humor in my writing is cited again and again as readers’ favorite aspect of my books. We’ll discuss the importance of leavening pathos with comedy, touch on strategies for imbuing your own work with gags, and learn why satire can still succeed in a world gone mad.


 10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Matt Pearce in conversation with David Ulin (NF)

What Is Truth?: The Front Lines of Journalism In The Age of Fake News

We’ll find out as David interviews acclaimed Los Angeles Times National Correspondent Matt Pearce, who has covered nearly every major story in the country – from Trump, to chemical weapons in Syria, to the travel ban, to terror attacks, civil unrest, and all points in between, including the Times Pulitzer-winning coverage of the San Bernardino terror attacks.

Room: Salon 4

 10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Kevin Matusow & Carissa Buffel (S)

What’s Getting Bought, What’s Getting Made. In this discussion with producers Kevin Matusow & Carissa Buffel, we’ll talk about what’s indie and major studios are buying, what’s getting made, and why.

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

Crane/Goldberg: Begonia
Jones: Jasmine
Otis: Gardenia
Smith: Primrose
Waters: Iris
Stillman/Ulin: Larkspur
Essbaum: Lantana
Malkin: Hibiscus
Rabkin/Schimmel: Plumeria



Graduate Student Lecture: Senta Scarborough (S)

Room: Salon 4

The Cinema of Transcendence. All stories help people transcend their daily lives. However, Cinema of Transcendence brings us a step further. It changes the way we look at the world. It extends beyond ordinary experience in a way that is universal and significant. To achieve this higher level, filmmakers often borrow techniques of poetry and visual art. Boundaries are broken with visually rich metaphors, unique story structures and unusual juxtapositions of environments and experiences. These tools allow the medium to express emotional space in a compelling way. The films to be examined are: Moonlight (2016), written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and director Barry Jenkins; Melancholia (2011), written by director Lars Von Trier;  Babel (2006) written by Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Inertia; Take Shelter (2011) penned by director Jeff Nichols; and The Tree of Life (2011) written by director Terrence Malick.


Graduate Student Lecture: Pam Munter (NF)

Room: Salon 4

Four Dysfunctional Families in Search of a Memoir. Ever wonder about the reason for the growing popularity of memoir? The four memoirists discussed today share one irresistible characteristic: all have emerged from complex and fascinating dysfunctional families. Can we relate? Of course, we can. We’ll be looking at My Dark Places (James Ellroy), Stop-Time (Frank Conroy), The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (Joan Wickersham), and A Private View (Irene Selznick).


Evening Program: Student Readings in R Bar (coordinated by TAs)

Room: R Bar (main lobby)