Saturday, June 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: Guest Faculty Lecture: Brian Evenson (F)

Varieties of the Fantastic:  Different Ways to Wriggle Out of Realism”

Critics often tend to divide fiction into the realistic and the fantastic, but so much gets lost in those large categories.  This lecture will think about the wide variety of what falls under the label “fantastic.”  We’ll look at brief excerpts from genre writers, genre-curious writers, and writers exploring the literary fantastic and think about what we can learn from each. What do Italo Calvino and Peter Straub have in common?  Is George Saunders’s more fantastical work closer to Dirty Realism or to speculative fiction?  What is Weird fiction anyway? And what do we do with someone like Ben Marcus who seems to be repurposing words as a way of making the world strange? What strategies do various differently fantastical authors offer us that we might use in our own fiction?

Room: Salon 5

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Kevin Matusow (S)

The Production Slate. What is being bought, what is being made, what is getting left behind. A candid talk about the projects currently getting development deal and those that are not.

Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Anthony McCann (P)

Direct Address, Poetic Sociality, Social Media and the End of the World

We will discuss these things, mostly, but not entirely, in this order. Salon 3

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]

Crane: Begonia

Essbaum: Gardenia

Goldberg: Hibiscus

Graham Jones:  Jasmine

Malkin:  Lantana

Otis:  Larkspur

Rabkin & Schimmel:  Lavender

Stillman/Ulin: Plumeria

Smith:  Primrose

Waters/Roberge: Iris


Graduate Lecture: Amie Charney (F)

Not Your Grandmother’s Bodice Ripper

“Romantic tension is more about how the characters feel about slots and insertions, than the physical slots and insertions” Tessa Dare, New York Times and USA. Today bestselling historical romance novelist. We will begin by delineating the different categories within the women’s fiction genre and establish the differences between a romance novel and mainstream fiction with a central romance. This craft lecture will also explore the unique plot structure, pacing, and characterization that define each of the categories. Along the way, we will take a practical look at the beats needed to build a romantic arc and how these stages are key to escalating romantic tension, not only in women’s fiction, but any genre.

Room: Salon 5


Graduate Lecture: Tom Nittoli (F)

Mise en abyme: The Novel inside the Novel.

Writers employ novels within their novels to contribute to the understanding of a work, serve as an agent of confusion, lay bare its artificiality, or function as a large or partial mirror in which the reader views the work through an alternative lens. Through an in-depth analysis of The Crying of Lot 49, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Blind Assassin, Erasure and The Hair of Harold Roux, how and why writers use this literary device will be examined. If you’ve considered writing your own embedded novel, this should provide some of the more effective reasons why and tactics learned from the writers who have relied on mise en abyme to craft their works.

Room: Salon 5


Evening Program:

How To Know Who Is Right For You, Forever: A Conversation with literary agent Sarah Bowlin about how she works with clients now…and what it was like working with agents and authors when she was an editor.

Room: Salon 6