Thursday, June 7

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8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Writer-in-Residence Lecture: Matthew Zapruder (P)

Syntax and Your True Subject. In this discussion we will look at how we can discover our true subjects by following our sense of music, beauty, mystery and strangeness in language. We will focus particularly on the mechanics of the line and sentence, and how variations in syntax and sentence structure and type can open up hidden possibilities. While the discussion will be centered primarily around poems and poetic practice, the ideas discussed will surely be applicable to all prose writers looking to intensify their writing practices, and go deeper into their subject matter.

Room: Salon 5

 9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Cecil Castellucci (F)

Writing Graphic Novels & Comics: Sequential Storytelling and the Quest for Silence. How do we write stories for a visual medium? What are some options for using the visual in our stories?  How do we find the quiet spaces in our narratives? What are the advantages and disadvantages of telling your story sequentially? And how does one make full use of the medium? In this session we will explore writing for comics, the golden age of which is currently unfolding around us.

Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Rob Roberge (F)

Using Fictional Devices To Write Great Nonfiction. It’s no secret that nonfiction writers steal from fiction writers, right? How we manipulate time, drama, and dialog. How we choose when and what to reveal to the reader. In this lecture, we’ll examine the techniques that make great fiction…and how to utilize in nonfiction.

Room: Salon 5

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Mark Haskell Smith & Mickey Birnbaum. (F, PL, S)

Making A Scene. In this lecture, Mark and Mickey will step you through the elements of great scenes in prose, film, and plays in order to boil down the essence of great scene writing. If you’re having trouble making things happen in your writing, this is the lecture to attend.

Room: Salon 6


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch


1:15pm – 2:30pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Rae Dubow (All)

How To Speak In Public. One of the things they don’t tell you about being a big time famous writer is how often you’ll be asked to get up and perform. Maybe it’s a reading. Maybe it’s just a few remarks. Maybe it’s teaching a class. Maybe it’s an impromptu moment out in the community. Whatever it is, it’s time for you to shine. We know you’re nervous. We know you hate speaking in public. We know this all sounds horrible. Which is why Rae Dubow is going to do for you what she has done for countless writers and performers: She’s going to show you how to get up there and do it without fear.

Room: Salon 6

2:30pm – 4:00 pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Olivia Taylor Smith (All)

The State of Indie Publishing. There’s a big difference between the world of big business corporate publishing – the Random Houses, the Amazons, the Hachettes of the world – and the world of niche indie presses. In this talk, Olivia Taylor Smith will go through what it means to be published by an indie press, the ups and downs, the success and failure.

Room: Salon 5


Graduate Lecture: Tarra Stevenson (F)

How to Subvert the Patriarchy with Monstered Language: Creating the Female Metaphor

Neologisms, playing with text, misspelling, margins – everything that tries to “correct” your writing, or formulate your writing, or regulate your writing, has been set up by a system that relies on the dominant culture. Playing with, or subverting those writing systems, is what I am arguing is a female metaphor. Writers such as Aimee Bender, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gloria Anzaldua, Lisa See, Nadia Hashimi, Ted Chiang, Julie Otsuka, Angela Carter, and Carmen Maria Machado play with and subvert the constraints that are placed on language, and thus culture, changing the way we see both.

Room: Salon 5


Graduate Lecture: Lilliana Winkworth (S)

Don’t Call Me Crazy: Destigmatizing “Crazy” Women in TV Comedies

Some people say laughter is the best medicine. Other people say medicine is the best medicine. In this lecture, we will explore how the ever-expanding plethora of television platforms has created room for the depiction of honest, healthy, and hilarious stories of female protagonists learning to live with mental illness and how we, as writers, can use certain tools to enhance our work – adding to the narrative of acceptance when it comes to topics of mental instability.

Room: Salon 5


Evening Program: Your Big Break: How You Got From Unpublished & Unproduced To Published and Produced. Suzy Fincham Gray, Cecil Castellucci, & Mickey Birnbaum in conversation with Maggie Downs on how one goes from nowhere to somewhere.

Room: Salon 6