Sunday, December 3

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Books will be sold today

8:00am: Breakfast


9:00am – 10:30am

Faculty Lecture: Anthony McCann (P)

On Keeping a Notebook: This conversation will be about the role of diaries, journals and notebooks in writing poems and lyrical prose. We will discuss the role of notebooks in generating work, and capturing material for future work—as well as the time honored use of the notebook as a form for poetry and what we now call creative non-fiction. Students should bring a fresh notebook—one they have not yet written in, and their own thoughts and questions about the role of notebooks, journals and diaries in their own writing lives. Some brief readings will be provided via pdf when we get closer to residency.

Room: Salon 6

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Emilie Beck (PL)

Room: Salon 3

PLAYING NICE WITH OTHERS: Your play or poem or novel is revised and polished. There’s not one word that can be changed, not a fragment that can be cut. Out it goes, into the world, and someone likes it. But there are notes. Suggestions. Is a playwright beholden to a director’s requests? Can an essayist ignore an editor’s marks? This interactive lecture is an exploration of collaboration and development. We’ll talk about how to listen and parse criticism. We’ll think about what’s valuable in a reader, and how opening ourselves to an outside perspective might invite a more perfect form of our creation. Or not. Importantly, we’ll talk about how to approach a requested revision (or more than one) when you’d already saved that last draft as “FINAL.”

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Maret Orliss (All)

Room: Salon 6

Just Be Cool. Being a successful writer goes beyond the writing. It also means being a good literary citizen and having a public presence so that publishers, agents, editors, media, event professionals, and other authors can find you. Right now is not only the time for you to be working on your writing – it’s the time for you to work on finding your place in the literary community, so that when your book does get published, you have an audience waiting, both to buy it and to help promote it. This presentation will address the best practices and the mistakes to avoid when it comes to author websites, social media accounts/interactions, networking, pitching yourself and more. We’ll also discuss what being a good literary citizen means and how you can support fellow writers while creating your own place in the community.


Faculty Lecture: Elizabeth Rosner (F, NF)

Room: Salon 6

WRITING BETWEEN THE LINES: How do you know when to break the so-called rules of a given genre? What does it mean to write something that might be considered a hybrid form? Having written full-length works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, I can attest to the challenges and adventures of working inside and outside the boundaries. In addition to sharing my experiences, I’ll offer exercises and strategies for stretching your muscles and expanding your repertoire.


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

Fiction (F)

Crane/Goldberg: Begonia

Nonfiction (NF)

Stillman: Larkspur

Ulin: Jasmine

Playwriting (PL)

Birnbaum: Iris

Poetry (P)

Essbaum: Gardenia

McCann: Lantana

Screenwriting (S)

Malkin: Hibiscus

Rabkin: Primrose

Schimmel: Plumeria


Graduate Lecture: Clarinda Ross (S)

Room: Salon 4

“You talking to me?”  The use of monologues in screenplays. 

Do you ever talk to yourself?  Of course, you do.  Your screenplay characters can too.  Oft-maligned as too static or too reminiscent of the stage, monologues can and do work brilliantly in screenplays.  Come and let’s examine what works and what doesn’t. We will cover several types of monologues including; the voice-over, the psychological monologue or internal soliloquy, letters/diary entries, the rant or the moment of truth, and the direct address.


Graduate Lecture: Jeff Meyers (S)

Room: Salon 4

Better Living Through Fright: Horror’s Unique Voice in Social Commentary

The artistic value of horror films has long been questioned by its critics. Detractors regard the genre as cheap entertainment, and often accuse its writers of stepping into the elevator of human consciousness and crudely jabbing at our emotional buttons in order to elicit a response. This lecture will look beyond horror’s reputation for jump-scares, cheap shocks and gross outs to focus on how the genre is uniquely positioned to confront personal, social, and political subjects with thematic depth and resonance. Through plot, character and subtext, movies like Dawn Of The Dead, The Babadook, The Fly, Rosemary’s Baby and Get Out challenge horror screenwriters to approach their work as engines of social commentary, and even change.


Evening program: Author/Agent/Publishers: The How-To of Successful Relationships

Tod Goldberg, Elizabeth Rosner, Jennie Dunham, Dan Smetanka (ALL)

Room: Salon 6