Sunday, June 3

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8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Kristen Tracy (P)

Decorative versus Formative Imagery: Strategies for creating images with lasting impact. This class will look at how to build and use an image for its full effect. We’ll look at a variety of images in poetry and fiction and discuss both their construction and impact. We’ll also delve into the difference between decorative images and formative images and discuss the uses for both types of images in lyric and narrative writing.

Room: Salon 5

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Ben Loory (F)

3-Act Structure for Short Story Writers

Loory, a one-time screenwriter turned short story writer, will discuss 3-Act Structure– What it is, what it isn’t, how it works, how to use it, and most importantly, how to leave it behind. Familiarity with at least one of the recommended films will be helpful, but is not required. Likewise for the stories.

Recommended Viewing:

Coppola, Francis Ford. The Godfather. Paramount Pictures, 1972.

Hawks, Howard. His Girl Friday. Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1940.

Heckerling, Amy. Clueless. Paramount Pictures, 1995.

Lucas, George. Star Wars. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 1977.

Recommended Reading:

Carver, Raymond. “Cathedral.” Cathedral.

Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death.” The Complete Tales and Poems.

Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Elizabeth Crane (F)

The Close Read: Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “The Letter From Home” will be unpacked, completely.

Room: Salon 6


Faculty Lecture: Deanne Stillman (NF)

THE POWER OF PLACE: THE ROLE OF LANDSCAPE AND GEOGRAPHY IN NARRATIVE. How does place influence story? How does it shape character? Whether the landscape of your story is the interior of a car, a mountain range, a big city, or an emotional terrain, it should be portrayed clearly. In this talk, Deanne will discuss the role of place in the work of various writers, including her own, which is often set in the Mojave.

Room: Salon 3

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

Birnbaum: Hibiscus

Crane/Waters: Begonia

Essbaum: Gardenia

Malkin: Lantana

McCann: Jasmine

Roberge: Larkspur

Rabkin: Lavender

Schimmel: Iris

Stillman: Primrose

Ulin: Plumeria


Graduate Lecture: Christian Toumayan (F)

Pop Culture in Fiction

Pop culture is more pervasive than ever. Rare is the book, graphic novel, TV show, or movie that doesn’t make a reference to some other work. Even rarer still, is an audience that doesn’t understand such references. In this lecture, we will primarily explore the use of pop culture in fiction. Is it a cheap way to engage your audience? Is there a right way to make a reference? What about imaginary pop culture? Or the increasing number of fanboy/fangirl characters? We will be exploring as many aspects as we can, including the good, the bad, and the nerdy.

Room: Salon 5


Evening program: National Book Award Winner Robin Benway in conversation with Tod Goldberg about her book FAR FROM THE TREE. Please read FAR FROM THE TREE prior to the event. Your attendance is required.

Room: Salon 5