Tuesday, June 6

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8:00am: Breakfast


9:00am – 9:30am

The Coachella Review Needs You!

Would you like to add working at a literary magazine to your resume? Interested in meeting and collaborating with publishing writers across the country? Like to write book or film reviews? The Coachella Review, the program’s own magazine (www.thecoachellareview.com) is looking for new student editors, as many of the current editors are graduating. Come meet faculty editor Gina Frangello and the current student editors in fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry—tell us your ideas and we’ll share our experiences, to help you determine whether getting involved is the right move, and how your talents can best serve both the magazine and you. An interactive informational session—interested students will be able to follow up this brief meeting with individual meetings with Gina.

Room: Salon 3

9:30am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: BJ Robbins (All)

Writing the Perfect Query Letter. The average literary agent received about 10,000 query letters a year. You need to stand out. We’ll talk about how to do just that very thing.

Room: Salon 4

9:30am – 10:30pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Charles Jensen in conversation with Tod Goldberg (All)

Community Education, The Arts, and Everything After. In this conversation with UCLA Extension Writers’ Program director Charles Jensen, we’ll talk about the role of public arts programming, how one gets a job teaching at the Writers’ Program, and the role of writers in the community.

Room: Salon 6


Guest Faculty Lecture: Chiwan Choi (P)

Deep Space Mine. In many ways, all conflicts, tension, romance, love, hate, politics, relationship, as existing because of objects in space. Meaning —things in a finite world, whether it’s a vessel out in space, a forest, the land inside borders, or a room, a room deep deep underground. Through two in-class writing exercises, we will practice how to quickly find that deep voice inside us and establish the space in which our poem breathes and breaks.

Room: Salon 3


Guest Faculty Lecture: Jillian Lauren (NF, F, S, P)

Writing from the Body. The body is one of our greatest recording devices– a goldmine of wisdom, memory and emotion. It digests and assimilates our thoughts and experiences, taking on a perspective that is often more honest than our intellect.  Yet we hunch over our keyboards, barely taking a breath, carefully guarding the fortress wall we’ve erected between our bodies and our brains. By accessing our physical selves, we can become more connected with our authentic creative voice and learn to avoid cliché. Through a series of in-class writing exercises, we will explore various ways to overcome blocks and deepen our writing practice. All genres.

Room: Salon 6

1:15pm  – 4:15pm: Cross-Genre Workshops

Classes will be held in the Las Flores Conference Center
Map: http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/resort-map

Salons 1, 2 and 8 are located in the main conference and meeting area
Map: http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/resort-map

Birnbaum: Lavender

Crane/Graham Jones/Roberge: Begonia

Essbaum: Iris

McCann: Jasmine

Otis/Waters: Larkspur

Rabkin: Lavender

Schimmel: Hibiscus

Stillman: Primrose

Ulin: Lantana


Graduate Lecture: Travis Burkett (F)

Room: Salon 4

You’re In It: The Three Pillars of Place.  A well-crafted sense of place often involves painting a landscape, whether it be Cormac McCarthy’s ruthless Chihuahuan Desert or Daniel Woodrell’s bleak Missouri holler. Juxtapositions of beauty and brutality hit hardest. The land itself is integral, but there’s more to it. It takes solid characters, and their own perceptions, to define place. It takes their interactions with each other, demonstrations of culture and language, to get down in it. We’ll explore how the confluence of landscape, character, and speech make or break a sense of place.


Graduate Lecture: Catherine Darby (P)

Room: Salon 4

A Slipping Glimpser: Full Sensory in Imagery. An image in text, poem or art piece is representational and symbolic for an actual experience: visually, sonically, physically, and emotionally. This experience is similar to how artist Willem de Kooning describes his process that occurs when he delves into contemplation for an image as he “slips into a glimpse.” The 20th century poet, Ezra Pound’s definition of an image: “that which conveys an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.”  This statement is comprehensible, but begs for more definition.  Today we will talk about the full experience of image: how do we experience it as readers?  Why it is important to recreate that full sensory experience that we feel, as writers? There will be exploration through poems, philosophy, science, and film.


Evening Program: The Worst Poem You Ever Wrote with Chiwan Choi, Anthony McCann, Charles Jensen, David Shook, and Jill Alexander Essbaum.

Room: Salon 6