Sunday, June 4

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Books will be sold today

8:00am: Breakfast


9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Wendy Ortiz (NF, P, F)

The P Word (or alternate title: This Is Not An Op-Ed). Do we mean personal, political, or both? In our 90 minutes together, we will attempt to answer these questions and more through conversation and generative writing experiments: How and when did you first become politicized? Where are your politics (emphasis on the lowercase “p”) located historically, culturally, personally? How can this be transmitted in ways that engage, surprise, and transform readers? We’ll read and listen to excerpts (poetry and creative nonfiction) from writers who in some way engage their politics in their creative work as we attempt to communicate our own personal + political as artfully as possible.

Room: Salon 4

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Rae Dubow (All)

Room: Salon 3

How to Read Your Work Like A Pro Even Before You’re A Pro. Like On Monday Night at the Student Reading. There is nothing worse than going to a reading only to find that the person reading is a terrible, boring, awful reader. Likewise, there’s nothing worse than being that reader. In this seminar – in which you will take part, physically – you’ll learn the tricks to becoming a confident, dramatic, and interesting reader. Also: for those with fears of speaking in front of people – if, for instance you’re speaking this week and are quaking in your boots – we’ll give you some tips and tricks to get you sailing through your lecture.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: JoAnn Chaney (F)

Room: Salon 6

Plot Boilers. You have your idea. You know the basic book you want to write. Now what? We’ll look at outlining vs. by-the-seat-of-your-pants plotting, and a variety of techniques used to pull together and develop your plot, and how to keep it moving along, so that you don’t get 50 pages in and realize you’ve got nothing left to say.


Faculty Lecture: Anthony McCann (P)

Room: Salon 6

“I Borrow Myself from Others”: Translation, Transformation, Embodiment and Style. In this session we’ll look at how the work of translation can be one of the best and only ways to continue to develop and transform one’s style and continue to grow as a writer over the course of a writing career. This means we’ll also have to consider what we mean when we say style, as well as the difficulties involved in any kind of growth and change.


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-4:15pm Cross-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/Roberge: Begonia


Stillman: Primrose

Ulin: Lantana


Birnbaum: Lavender


Essbaum: Iris

McCann: Jasmine


Rabkin: Lavender

Schimmel: Hibiscus


Graduate Lecture: Kathryn Thomason (F)

Room: Salon 4

Regional Syntax: Gouging out eye dialect without losing sight of local colors. When you want to share your cultural heritage with a new friend, you might cook a meal or play a tune. But if a writer wants to share culture, it must be with words. The best regional writers use syntax, or the way characters talk, to create the sounds of cultural language in the reader’s head. Even if each note is not exactly the same in every reader’s mind, the music of the language still rings true. Rita Mae Brown calls language the road map of a culture. “It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” Without it, much is lost.


Graduate Lecture: Kathy Hansler (NF)

Room: Salon 4

Developing Characters in Nonfiction. Crafting believable, well-rounded characters is as critical to nonfiction as it is to fiction. Fact or fiction, the story builds on the character, develops from the character, and embodies the character. While nonfictionists are bound by truth, they must also develop interesting characters, or their story falls flat. This lecture will explore how to develop strong characters in nonfiction


Evening program: Is Nothing Sacred? – Memoirists Talk About The Things They Left Out: Wendy C. Ortiz & Rob Roberge

Room: Salon 6