Wednesday, June 7

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8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Jackie McKinley (S)

How To Get Your First Television Writing Gig

Jackie McKinley, television writer/producer, has a clear path on how to get that first writing job for television.  Her career has taken many twists and turns and even she’s surprised that she’s still working in this business.  She’s quoted as saying that she has started her career over three separate times.  After reinventing herself, she will share how she has gotten those first jobs with very different strategies.  She explains her philosophy of landing a job and how to keep it.   Jackie will give a candid view from inside the writer’s room and what the executive producers are looking for in hiring a “Baby Writer”.

Room: Salon 4

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: David Shook (P)

             A Revolutionary Act: Poetry, Independent Publishing, and the Power of the           Considered Word.

Traversing the world in search of poetry, from Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe to Haiti and indigenous Mexico, David Shook shares his radical vision for the future of independent publishing and the continued importance of poetry in the present age. Room: Salon 6

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Mary Otis (F)

Watch What They Do, Not What They Say: Dialogue can both persuade and evade, and sometimes, that which is left unsaid is key to the scene.  In this workshop we’ll screen a clip from “Birdman” and do a close reading of Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” to study actions in opposition to words and the power of subtext.

Room: Salon 4

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Mickey Birnbaum (PL)

This is the End. We’ll identify the elements necessary to a satisfying ending of a play or movie, and analyze examples of dramatic works that succeed or fail to deliver the goods. We’ll talk about why happy endings often feel false, why hero’s journeys often end in dismemberment and death, and why ambiguity is the writer’s best friend. We’ll discuss non-linear strategies to get to the ending of your play or screenplay without starting at the beginning, and to end it all, we’ll do an exercise about endings.

Room: Salon 6

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: David Nestor (F)

Writing the Unknowable

Some things are so essential they cannot be explained. How do you describe a new color to someone? A new dimension? God? Some stories hinge upon this concept, especially cosmic horror, but every genre makes use of it (yes, even literary fiction). In this lecture I’ll show you various techniques authors use to make their readers feel like they are getting a glimpse into the impossible. Learn to gaze into the void and write about it as it gazes back!

Room: Salon 4


Graduate Lecture: Jenny Hayes (F)

Why Make Art? Examining Creative Motivations through Contemporary Fiction. You can ask an artist why they do what they do, but you might learn more from fiction. Authors are of course artists themselves, but they explore the invented lives of all kinds of creative people, including actors, painters, musicians, and yes, writers too. In novels and stories, an author can consider an artist’s motivation over time, examine how their art is impacted by other needs and circumstances, and give insights that a character might not themselves be aware of. While there are perhaps as many individual artistic motivations as there are artists, some themes crop up repeatedly, helping to illuminate some of the motivations and challenges behind making art and the relationships that characters have with their creativity. We’ll also look at what a writer can do when delving into these subjects to keep non-artist readers engaged.

Room: Salon 4


*Dark Night