Saturday, December 8

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8:00 – 9:00am: Breakfast

9:00am: All Student Orientation in Salon 4

Required for ALL students

10:30: Guest Faculty Lecture: Katherine MacDonald (S)

Pitch, Please. How to be Great at Pitching and Get Yourself Hired.

Pitching is an essential part of working and succeeding as a screenwriter, but many writers struggle with this aspect of the job, and it keeps them from getting hired. But fear not! This lecture will teach you exactly how to structure a pitch and succeed in the room. We’ll walk through what to expect, what the studio executive is thinking (I’ll tell you the cold, hard truth),

how to turn your 110-page script into a twenty-minute pitch, and review the common pitfalls you must absolutely never do. When you’re done with this lecture, you will be ready to crush everything from your one-on-one meetings at residency to invite-only pitches at studios. Salon 5


10:30: Guest Faculty Lecture: Jamison Stoltz (F/N/P)

Everything That Happens From The Time You Sell Your Book Until It Comes Out.

We mean it. In this lecture, we’ll go through the whole process your work will go through from the moment it’s submitted to a publisher to the moment it comes out, including looking at contracts, publicity, marketing, and all points in between. Salon 6


1:15 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: Kaia Gallagher (NF)

The Search for Truth in Memoir and Biography

When authors write about their own lives through memoir or describe the lives of others in biography, readers expect the accounts to be truthful, yet memoirists and biographers vary in terms of the criteria they use to define what constitutes the truth.  Some authors apply journalistic standards for truth-telling while others are scrupulous about delineating what can be known and what is speculation.  A third category of writers seeks to undercover a more fundamental truth about life and living that exists beyond the facts of a story.   The guiding principle that applies to all writers is that they should be honest about the boundaries of what is a known versus an imagined reality while it is up to the reading audience to decide whether the authors have succeeded in revealing a deeper truth about our common humanity or not.


5:10: Graduate Lecture: Tom Provost (S)


One of the most difficult tasks for any writer is to efficiently set up a main character and, more importantly, get the audience to care about the character. Ultimately, if no one cares about your main character, they will not follow through and finish your narrative. Yet how do you get an audience invested in someone they’ve never met and know nothing about?  Introducing Your Character is an in-depth look at how screenwriters effectively – and quickly – reveal characters to an audience in a variety of ways.


8pm: Evening Program: Liz Gorinsky & Bridget Smith In Conversation on Genre Fiction