Monday, December 10

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Books will be sold today.

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00-10:30: Guest Faculty Lecture: Jay Deratany (S)

The Making Of An Indie Feature

In this talk, Jay Deratany will discuss how Foster Boy went from idea to the pages of Variety to the big screen…and how your independent feature could be next. Salon 5

9:00-10:30: Guest Faculty Lecture: Bill Ratner (NF)

So You Want To Be On The Moth

The biggest trend in nonfiction isn’t in print…it’s in live storytelling, with shows like The Moth popping up all over the country (including the Coachella Valley Storytellers Series, which UCR hosts…) the idea of oral storytelling has been taken to a new level. In this talk, Bill Ratner – who has appeared on The Moth a number of times – will show you how to take a personal story and get it ready for the stage. Salon 6

9:00-10:30: Faculty Lecture: Jill Alexander Essbuam (P)

Holy Shit: Writing the Ineffable without Effing Up

Yes, Jesus loves you. But, let’s be frank: He hates your crappy religious writing. And it’s far easier to write badly about matters of faith than it is to write well.  For how do you speak the unspeakable or describe the undescribable?  Is it possible to write about spiritual matters that matters, spiritually?  If so, how do we go about it without lapsing into pablum, mawkish bromides, or (Lord have mercy) sentimentality?  This lecture will investigate the ‘sins’ unique to spiritual writing by looking at contemporary selections from writers of various faiths.  Indeed, it is possible to write with religious conviction (even if what convicts you is that there is nothing that convicts you) in such a manner that the great, eternal mystery of faith isn’t sacrificed to the attempt of its tangible expression. Salon 3


10:30-12:00: Guest Faculty Lecture: Maret Orliss (All)

The Good Literary Citizen

Being a successful writer goes beyond the writing. It also means being a good literary citizen and having a public presence so that publishers, agents, editors, media, event professionals, and other authors can find you. Right now is not only the time for you to be working on your writing – it’s the time for you to work on finding your place in the literary community, so that when your book does get published, you have an audience waiting, both to buy it and to help promote it.

This presentation will address the best practices and the mistakes to avoid when it comes to author websites, social media accounts/interactions, networking, pitching yourself and more. We’ll also discuss what being a good literary citizen means and how you can support fellow writers while creating your own place in the community. Salon 5

10:30-12:00: Guest Faculty Lecture: Tiffany Hawk (All)

How To Find A Literary Agent

You work on your book for years, finally whip it into publishable shape, but before you can get it into bookstores, you need a literary agent. Unfortunately, that’s often an overwhelming and painful process filled with rejection. I’ve been there! I know how much it sucks, but if I – a UCRPDLRMFA just like you – can make it out the other side to see my book on the front tables of Barnes & Noble, so can you. These days I’m also a writing coach and editor, and a lot of aspiring authors come to me when they’re at their wits end with agents and don’t know what else to try. Drawing on my background as a magazine editor who got pitched all day long, I’ve developed a system that has helped my clients get drastically better results. I’ll teach this step-by-step strategy for pitching the right agents, the right way, and then we’ll talk all things query letter. This will be a hands-on experience so bring a pen and notebook. I want you to leave feeling calm and confident so when it’s time to pitch agents, you’ll present yourself like (and be treated like) a pro. Salon 6 

10:30-12:00: Guest Faculty Lecture: Andy Blumenthal (S)

Time Sharing

Movies work via time. Editors engineer timed pieces of film, short and long, delivering pictures in rhythms, emotional and structural. Literature, while a dissimilar medium, is apt to share similar wants for tempo, pulse, pacing. This discussion will point out movie maneuvers that may intersect with your writing endeavors. Salon 3


12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-4:15: Main Genre Workshops

Crane/Essbaum: Begonia

Goldberg: Hibiscus

Malkin:  Lantana

McCann: Gardenia

Otis:  Larkspur

Rabkin & Schimmel:  Lavender

Roberge: Iris

Smith:  Primrose

Stillman/Ulin: Plumeria & Salon 8

(Deanne & David will meet separately with their students on Saturday and Sunday, together on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday)

Waters:  Jasmine


4:30:  Graduate Lecture: Daniela Montes (F)

Novellas in YA Literature

Novellas are some of the hardest things to publish, so why does it seem every YA series has a novella spin-off? We will discuss what these novellas have in common, if they are successful at telling a story, and how authors use them for marketing.


5:10: Graduate Lecture: Chih Wang (F)

Techniques and Effects of Nonlinear Narratives

Presenting your story’s events out of chronological order can create suspense, further develop your characters, and when used thoughtfully, reflect themes found in your novel. We will look at how to effectively use nonlinear narratives to control pacing and emotional impact, and how to help readers keep track of where they are chronologically in the story.





8:00: Evening Program: Student Reading in R Bar