Sunday, December 9

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Books will be sold today

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00-10:30: Guest Faculty Lecture: Dara Hyde (All)

Writing the Query Letter.

It’s a mystical thing. It just determines your fate. Nothing to worry about. But fear not! Agent Dara Hyde is here to tell you how to do it!

Salon 5


9:00-10:30: Guest Faculty Lecture: Jackie McKinley (S)

Writing the 30 Minute Sitcom.

There’s a whole other set of rules you need to know in order to develop and write for a successful network sitcom. In this talk, we’ll go through the elements of a successful 30 minute script…which is really about, you know, 22 minutes. Salon 6


9:00-10:30: Faculty Lecture: Anthony McCann (P)

Poetry and Politics: A Conversation.

This conversation will be an effort towards mapping out for ourselves where literature and politics are distinct from each other, and where they are not. Really, this is an endless task, but—perhaps foolishly!— we’ll try together anyway. To stimulate our discussion we’ll look at a number of more and less overtly “political” poems from recent times and centuries past. We’ll also talk about our own struggles and experiences with trying to understand the political life of literary art. Salon 3


10:30-12:00: Guest Faculty Lecture: Karen Howes (PL)

Creating Dramatic Conflict through Character

The way to writing a great stage play or film script begins with creating tri-dimensional characters as the fundamental material through which dramatic movement and conflict move a story from inciting incident to its inevitable end.  But dramatic movement doesn’t come from building rounded characters per se. In fact, true dramatic conflict comes from setting up  contradictions within characters and their circumstances that enable a to-the-death struggle between primal forces. Ultimately, we will explore how to create “perfect” dramatic conflict through character. Salon 5

10:30-12:00: Faculty Lecture: Deanne Stillman (NF)

Dispatch from a War Zone:

Hanging out with outlaws, rebels, bikers, cowboys and Indians on America’s cultural, sexual and historical battlefields – and coming back with the tale. How, why, and the necessity of packing the Bill of Rights when going out and doing the first person research needed to make your nonfiction work. Salon 3

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-4:15 Cross-Genre Workshops

Birnbaum: Hibiscus

Crane: Begonia

Essbaum: Jasmine

Malkin: Lantana

McCann: Gardenia

Roberge: Iris

Rabkin: Lavender

Schimmel: Larkspur

Stillman: Primrose

Ulin: Plumeria


4:30: Graduate Lecture: Emily Duren (NF)

The Death Exemption

In memoir, the death of a main character is often the starting point of the narrative, rather than it’s climax. As a culture averse to spoilers in nearly every form, what is it that keeps us engaged with these pieces? In this lecture, we’ll examine Columbine, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Suicide Index, and exactly what it is that sets them apart.

5:15: Graduate Lecture: Ashley Santana (F)

Identifying Feminine Archetypes in Horror Literature

It has been argued that horror stories can be used as a commentary on real life fears that may be taboo or socially difficult to discuss. A strong female force is one of these fears. In this lecture, we’ll look at traditional horror troupes—witches, ghosts, vampires, the haunted house, and werewolves—see how the engine driving each of them is feminine and note how the ability to identify real life fears in horror stories assists in writing supernatural horror literature.



8:00: Screening of Foster Boy with filmmakers Jay Deratany  & John Schimmel