Saturday, June 3

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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

Guest Faculty Lecture:  Lucy Kalanithi in conversation with Emily Rapp Black (Nonfiction) 

Room: Salon 4

An intimate conversation about When Breath Becomes Air.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Nina Revoyr (Fiction)

The Art of Seeing: As writers, we face constant distractions: social media, work obligations, smartphones that demand our attention. It’s hard to find the mental space to write—or even to notice the physical world around us.  In this seminar, we’ll talk about the importance of seeing, why it’s o.k. to stare, and the process of incorporating details into our writing.  We’ll discuss how being more present and observant in our everyday lives can make us not only better writers, but happier people.

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: Begonia

Essbaum & McCann: Gardenia

Goldberg: 3012

Graham Jones:  Jasmine

Malkin:  Lantana

Otis:  Larkspur

Rabkin:  Lavender

Stillman/Ulin: Plumeria

Roberge: Gardenia

Schimmel: Hibiscus

Smith:  Primrose

Waters: Iris


Graduate Lecture: Annemarie Hauser (Fiction)

Room: Salon 4

The Power of Young Voice in Fiction. We’ve all been teenagers. Whether we were mature, childish, a bully, the victim, there’s this period of our lives that connects all of us. In many works of fiction, there’s a distinct, young narrative voice that invites readers into that child-like world. In this lecture, we’ll explore how authors achieve this effective voice, and why it’s so important for stories to be told from this perspective.


Graduate Lecture: Keri Picolla (Screenwriting)

Room: Salon 4

Breaking Pervasive Gender Biased Stereotypes to Construct Complex and Dynamic Characters. American Cinema is lacking complex and dynamic female characters. Women are highly underrepresented in the media and, while both men and women are portrayed in stereotypical ways that perpetuate unrealistic and limiting perceptions of both sexes, great roles for women are few and far between. So, how do we, as writers, change the face of cinema, the dominant system, to represent more dynamic and complex women? Our approach to character creation must change. Great characters must be 1) anchored by their gendered experience, 2) balanced with oppositional qualities that reflect both an internal and exterior crisis and, 3) are consistent and credible. We will explore and examine both male and female characters from films such as “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Our Brand is Crisis”, “Crimson Peak”, and “John Wick” while applying this new approach to character creation.


Evening Program:

Screenwriting Marketplace — Mitch Stein in conversation with Bill Rabkin (Screenwriting/Agent)

Room: Salon 6