Wednesday, June 6

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8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Jade Chang (S, F)

Adapting Yourself. Your first novel is a big hit. A studio comes calling. They want you to adapt it. Problem is, you already wrote it once. How on earth do you do it again? In this talk, Jade Chang will step you through the process of turning your book into your TV show.

Room: Salon 5

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: James Pogue (NF)

Participatory Journalism. It used to be called New Journalism. Or Gonzo Journalism. Or First Person Journalism. The end result is the same: You’re there, things are happening, you’re writing about it. In this talk, journalist James Pogue will step you through how you go about writing a story where you’re involved.

Room: Salon 6

9:00am – 10:30am

Guest Faculty Lecture: Antoine Wilson (F)

That’s Your Point of View. Is point of view the single most significant aspect of craft in prose narrative? Probably. This lecture will explore the variety of choices available to the writer, as well as describing some of the strengths and pitfalls of each approach.

Room: Salon 3

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Eric Morago (P)

Assembling A Cohesive Chapbook of Poetry. How do you find the right poems for your book? How do you put them all together to make a cohesive whole? How do you know if you even got remotely right? In this lecture, publisher & poet Eric Morago will step you from a bundle of disconnected poems to a unified book.

Room: Salon 3

10:30am – 12:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Mickey Birnbaum (PL)

Talk’s Not Cheap: Crafting the Monologue The monologue is one of the most powerful tools of dramatic writing, both in theater and film. Why, then, is the contemporary monologue so often merely dull narration, unnecessary exposition, or lame patter? A great monologue can reveal character, raise dramatic stakes, and turbo-charge language. In this lecture, we’ll explore techniques of monologue composition and analyze some of the great contemporary monologues in plays and movies, including examples from Ingmar Bergman, Paddy Chayefsky, Jim Cartwright, and Sam Shepard. If we have time, we may even talk about the most famous monologue of all. You know which one I mean.

Room: Salon 5

10:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Faculty Lecture: Carrie Isgett (S)

Finding Representation…Keeping Representation.  What are screenwriting agents and managers looking for right now? What about tomorrow? How do you approach them, how likely are they to respond, and what will win them over. And then…how to keep them interested.

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
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

 

4:30pm

Graduate Lecture: Kerry Keith (F)

DUAL & MULTIPLE NARRATIVES

Should you choose dual or multiple narratives or timelines to tell your story? Join me in hearing about the advantages and disadvantages of using two or more points-of-view or two or more timelines or worlds. You’ll learn how to make sure your choice enhances the story and doesn’t detract from it. We’ll study structure, how to intersect stories effectively, when to switch between perspectives, and how to use flashbacks properly. We’ll also explore different points-of-view and how they work in a dual or multiple narrative or timeline. Plus tips on pacing, labeling, and how to keep the story clear and the reader engaged.

Room: Salon 5

 

*Dark Night