Wednesday, December 7

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8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Sneha Koorse & Chris Roessner (Screenwriting)

Room: Salon 4

How to start and sustain a career in screenwriting – so far. It’s difficult to get started in screenwriting and equally difficult to navigate the many challenges during the beginning of your career. Chris Roessner will go into detail about the challenges he faced on the film side while Sneha Koorse will delve into the television side. Sneha will also detail the advantages and disadvantages of starting your career as a “diversity hire,” part of a complicated and hotly divided system to incorporate more racial diversity into writers rooms. They will also discuss how to grow and develop your craft and writing philosophy in the face of Hollywood bureaucracies and market place demands.

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Emily Rapp Black (Nonfiction)

Room: Salon 6

Writing the “New Sex”: Examining Emily Witt’s “Future Sex” to look at writing essays linked by tone, style, and a singular ambitious purpose, which brim with intellect and are infused with a caustic, compelling humor that marks our most astute and entertaining cultural critics. We’ll look at writing about sexual predilections that you never thought you’d find interesting and what it means for the personal essayist.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Lecture: Gina Frangello (Fiction/Nonfiction)

Room: Salon 4

Someone Else’s Skin: Writing Characters Outside Your Demographic. Recently, we’ve all heard of controversies such as the Lionel Shriver speech, or Lena Dunham being chastised for not depicting characters of color on Girls. A writer can feel an acute case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” when it comes to attempting to explore fictional characters who have different racial or sexual/gender orientation from that of the writer’s own. Add to this the fact that most intro fiction workshops advise the aspiring to “write what you know,” and the anxiety of “getting it wrong” can lead a writer to play it perpetually safe, avoiding sensitive terrain. Ultimately, however, the question of how to get deeply inside the skin of a character who differs greatly from you is at the very heart of literature, and writers from Forester to Lawrence to Flaubert made bold—if sometimes criticized—attempts to give voice to characters other than straight white men, at a time when underrepresented groups often lacked the privilege to tell their own stories. Now, in a world that is more diverse and yet still plagued by various forms of prejudice and oppression, how can a contemporary writer tackle opposing hurdles of self-censorship and “cultural appropriation?” We will explore works of literature throughout history that have taken risks in depicting the Other (i.e. anyone different from the writer’s own demographic), consult some serious (and tongue-in-cheek) advice for white writers from writers of color, interrogate questions of who has the “right” to speak as whom, and explore the imperative of writing from a place of radical empathy.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Special Guest Visitor: Penny Key from the UCR Counseling Office. (All)

Room: Salon 6

Strategies for Dealing With Emotional Issues & Pressures and Opportunities for Help from the Campus.


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 4:15pm: Main 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: Begonia

Essbaum & McCann: Gardenia

Goldberg: 3012

Graham Jones:  Jasmine

Malkin:  Lantana

Otis:  Larkspur

Rabkin:  Lavender

Stillman/Ulin: Plumeria

Roberge: Gardenia

Schimmel: Hibiscus

Smith:  Primrose

Waters: Iris



Graduate Lecture: Ajit Dutta (Nonfiction)

Room: Salon 4

The Squirm Factor: Or, why am I fidgeting nervously when I’m writing a memoir about my father’s love affair? An exploration of works that make writers and their readers tango in discomfort.



*Dark Night