Saturday, December 2

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8:00 – 9:00am: Breakfast

9:00am: All Student Orientation in Salon 4

Required for ALL students

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: John Schimmel & Joshua Malkin (S)

Room: Salon 4

SO YOU WANT TO GET A STUDIO WRITING GIG. John and Joshua have been on both sides of the pitch process, both sides of the open writing assignment ordeal, both sides of the script notes nightmare. In this conversation they’ll discuss all that and try to offer a road map through it that doesn’t end in either blood or tears.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Mary Yukari Waters (F)

HOW TO WRITE DESCRIPTIONS THAT WON’T SLOW DOWN YOUR STORY. Physical description is important and necessary. It grounds us in the fictional world; it adds authenticity and authority. However, the truth is that readers (ourselves included) are often tempted to skim over those exquisitely rendered descriptions in order to get to the “good part.” In this lecture, we will examine various examples of description: the boring, the so-so, and the highly effective. We will discuss what causes readers to lose interest. The goal here is for you to walk out of the lecture with concrete skills that you can put to use right away.

Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Deanne Stillman (NF)

This Isn’t Made Up: Writing true stories about cops, bikers, hermits, cowboys, Indians, and horses has taken me from the library to the outback to desert bars to the inside of a tank. In this talk, I’ll present a roadmap for the research trail, including tips on what happens when you get buried in an avalanche of information and how not to talk to strangers.

Room: Salon 3

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


Fiction (F)

Crane/Otis: Begonia

[On days Mary Otis is meeting privately with her students, you will meet in Salon 1]

Jones: Jasmine

Roberge: Gardenia

Smith: Primrose

Waters: Iris

Nonfiction (NF)

Stillman/Ulin: Larkspur

[On days David Ulin is meeting privately with his students, you will meet in Salon 2]

Poetry (P)

McCann: Lantana

Screenwriting (S)

Malkin: Hibiscus

Schimmel: Plumeria


Graduate Lecture: Phil Tiso (F)

Room: Salon 4

Literal Maps of Imagined Worlds

Many writers have drawn maps of the fictional worlds they create. The visual depiction of worlds made from words benefits both the writer and the reader in more ways than simply by making abstract locations more concrete. Among the authors who ventured into literary mapmaking are J.R.R. Tolkien, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Ursula Le Guin, and H.P. Lovecraft. In this lecture, we’ll take a look at the maps they drew to represent their fictional topography and discuss why you may want to draw a map of your own fictional realm.


Graduate Lecture: Mark Forde (F)

Room: Salon 4

Writing in exile; How emigration affects a writer’s a sense of place.

How does a writer living through the immigrant experience observe a sense of place in their prose? How does the immigrant view his or her homeland while living in exile, whether it be a self-imposed exile or not? Focusing primarily on Irish writers this lecture examines how a sense of place is heightened, even exaggerated because of this exile experience.


Evening Program:

Scott Alexander in conversation with Mark Haskell Smith (S)

Room: Salon 6