Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

Playwriting Without Tears and With Fewer Fears

This workshop will discuss some of the guiding principles for writing plays. The workshop includes ways to develop character, creating dialogue and generating situations for scripts. While theatre is the focus of this workshop, the skills and techniques discussed can be applied to screenwriting and other forms of performance.

TBD 10:50am to 11:50am

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Genre Fiction

“Shakespeare in Love: From the Renaissance to the Bestseller Lists”

A talk about Shakespeare's plays and how to use the Bard to structure and sell all kinds of bestselling literature, including YA, literature, romance, sci-fi, mystery, and more. Focused on romance writers, but useful for other writers as well.

TBD 10:50am to 11:50am

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Fiction

Talk This Way

Fiction writers often have a hard time writing dialogue-- take it from a playwright. Let's cram as many tips and strategies for constructing good and distinct dialogue for your characters into this hour as possible.

TBD 10:50am to 11:50pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Poetry

Working Words

The workshop focuses on expanding the writer's word choice.  Poets often use a few words over and over.  One way to break this pattern is to use different words--ones that have not been used.  This workshop uses an exercise to generate new poems and as a tool that the students can take with them.
For beginners.

TBD 10:50am to 11:50am

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Why Funny Is Funny

Comedy writing is not a talent reserved only for those who are naturally funny. That’s because why funny content is funny is not mysterious or subjective. Instead, funny is funny for two simple reasons. Both of which can be easily identified and diagrammed. This means writing funny is learnable. It’s a skill that can be honed and relied upon every time you sit down to write. And if you are already writing funny, these two simple reasons will allow to you to write humor with greater confidence and freedom. This fast-paced, one-hour workshop will also reveal why anything and everything can be communicated in a funny way. Whatever is on your mind or in your heart — heartwarming, serious, profound, even tragic— will be more moving and memorable, even inspiring, for having
been presented in a way that makes your reader or audience laugh! If you want to be a writer of funny, this workshop should be your first stop.
TBD 10:50am to 11:50am

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Genre Fiction

“The Fabulous, Sexy Novella."

As the New York Times pointed out, novellas are “experiencing a resurgence, driven by a proliferation of digital options that offer not only new creative opportunities but exposure and revenue as well.” A novella can influence readership numbers and future sales; it’s one of the most effective tools available to a writer. This workshop will address novella structure, collaborations, pricing, challenges, and the elements of successful and unsuccessful novellas. 

 

TBD 1:55pm to 3:25pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Business of Writing

How to Locating, Luring & Landing the Right Agent

In many ways it’s harder to find a great agent than it is to write a great book.  Between his 15 years as a professional actor and 15 years as a professional writer, David Henry Sterry has convinced over 50 agents to represent him.  He is a Professional Agent Hunter.  And of course Arielle Eckstut that has been a literary agent for over 20 years, so she gives the perspective from behind the desk.  Using exhaustive research methods, surgically pinpointed query letters, and gentle but persistent follow-up techniques, they will show you in easy-to-follow steps exactly how to find, approach, and bag the literary agent who’s right for you.

TBD 1:55pm to 3:25pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Poetry

Basic and Bold—The Uses of Contemporary Poetry

This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets, many of whom are writers of color, and their different strategies to generate new work.  

The Workshop will be in two parts:

#1.  Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they unfamiliar.

#2.  We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work.

We will use poems as catalyst for new works. Poems by Bojan Louis, Gregory Pardlo, Jennifer Bartlett, Marilyn Chin, Maureen Owen, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Sally Mao Wen, and  David Rivard may be included. Participants must be prepared to read and write, write and write.

At the end of this workshop, it is my hope that participants will have created poems that they feel good about and have learned about.
For advanced poets. 

TBD 1:55pm to 3:25pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

Writing the Other

Write what you know? Nah. This 90-minute workshop gives you tools you need to write about people with vastly different experiences from your own.

TBD 1:55pm to 3:25pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Writing the Memoir that’s (at Least a Little Bit) Funny

If you are a memoirist or a writer of any sort of first person non-fiction, this workshop should be your next stop after attending Jonathan’s “Why Funny Is Funny.” What we’ll focus on: So many best-selling memoirs are, not coincidentally, humorous. So we will focus on what it takes to write your life in a way that makes your reader smile or even laugh out loud. First, we’ll look at how to present the funny adventures and anecdotes from your life in such a way that no one thinks, “Well, I guess you had to be there.” Secondly, we’ll map out how to present the adversities (even tragedies) from your life story, with humor, but without being crass or jokey. Because, as we will discuss, the opposite is possible: When correctly presented, the moment we laugh can be the moment when meaning is most illuminated.
TBD 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Fiction

Creating Fiction from Nonfiction

Bad news: There are business reasons for would-be journalists and non-fiction writers to turn back --- journalism jobs are scarce, publishers have trouble selling non-fiction. Good news: There are business reasons for those writers to turn to fiction. 1) Great stories have all the characteristics of fiction: character, plot, conflict. 2) Great stories have what distracted readers crave: velocity. 3) Consider Balzac, champion of realism, as a non-fiction writer of novels.

After 40 years as a journalist, I now write plays and novels. My play tells the little known story of the final years of Henri Matisse, the 2nd most famous artist of the last century. My new novel is another little known story: the life-changing White House love affair of John F. Kennedy, the most famous President of the last century. Both exhaustively researched, both aimed at the literary and mass audience.

In this session, participants will share stories they might want to write as non-fiction, and we’ll discuss their viability as fiction.

TBD 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Business of Writing

Author Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: Bring Your Facebook A-Game

When resources are limited, content marketing is an effective way to attract readers to your books. With 1.32 billion daily users, Facebook is the world’s most widely used platform. As such, it’s a great place to find and engage with your target reader audience. For free! It can be a time-consuming proposition, but there are a lot of creative ways you can connect to potential readers for exactly zero dollars! And for those operating on a shoestring marketing budget, it’s a great place to create a foundation for your fandom.

TBD 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Poetry

The Unexpected Image

Every writer has personal obsessions, whether they realize it or not. Repeated metaphors, images, conflicts, etc. can all go in to making a poet's distinct body of work; however, it's also important to be aware and in control of personal cliches. In this class we will examine the obsessions of a few published writers, and will try to identify our own obsessions. We will use a series of exercises that help the writer play, experiment, and push past the boundaries of what they are used to writing. As Robert Frost said: “All metaphor breaks down somewhere. That is the beauty of it. It is touch and go with the metaphor, and until you have lived with it long enough you don’t know when it is going. You don’t know how much you can get out of it and when it will cease to yield. It is a very living thing. It is as life itself.” Laptops are recommend.

TBD 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Genre Fiction

How To Boil Water: Ways to Actively Build Your World Without Exposition

Using active scenes, gripping paragraphs, and vivid depictions of the impossible, authors pull readers into secondary worlds while avoiding large chunks of expository text when possible. This workshop will discuss and deploy tools for doing this in your work. Also expect a rousing discussion of research, line of supply, and verisimilitude. (appropriate for adult, YA, and children's authors)

TBD 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

“Once More, With Feeling”: Reading Your Poetry

Reading poetry out loud in front of real live people can be nerve-wracking, but its rewards are numerous: engaging with your readership, dynamic feedback on work, community-building. This workshop, aimed at intrepid readers, will provide techniques for reading and performing through tips, in-class exercises, and examples.

TBD 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Genre Fiction

Who Gets to be the Hero? Imagining a More Just Future Through Diverse Children's Literature

Bigotry and oppression can be seen as crises of imagination. While the manifestations of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, etc. are real and physical, their roots are, at least partially, storied. In other words, they originate from the way we narrate ourselves and our communities. Who counts as a real American? How do we conceptualize what our neighborhoods look like? Who is a criminal, a terrorist, a threat? And who, in turn, gets to be a hero?   In the words of the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

Children’s literature has a critical role in shaping and transforming our collective imaginations – and that role has too long been fulfilled through inaccurate and bigoted narratives, as well as through a lack of narratives. Marginalized communities have been trivialized, demonized, and made invisible. However, movements such as #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices in young people’s literature are changing this historical reality. This talk will address the need for diverse and inclusive stories for young people – not just so that marginalized readers can see themselves reflected positively in literature from the beginning of their reading lives – but so that we can collectively engage in acts of radical imagination – bending the arc of all our futures toward justice.

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Fiction

Making the Imaginative Leap

Colum McCann will guide a small workshop group on the journey towards writing outside of our immediate experience.  How does the writer gather the courage to go elsewhere?  How does he/she make the imaginative leap into a character that seems so different to oneself?  How and where does a writer draw the lines?  How does he/she garner the language to go into uncharted territory?  The workshop will include in-depth discussion of craft and, if possible given time constraints, one short writing exercise.  

Red Oak N&S 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Business of Writing

Applying Best Practices in Marketing to your Author Brand

Marketing doesn’t have to be daunting. In this fun, fast-paced session, a marketing professional will demystify what it means to have an author brand, how it’s much more than a logo and web presence, and why it’s foundationally important to do the thinking behind what you want to stand for. We'll discuss how to apply archetypes to define your unique brand and the components of an author's brand framework. We'll also romp through some real-life examples to show the importance of consistency in visual branding. 

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing for New Media

Gutter Magic: What Makes Comics Comics, and How to Use Them to Tell Your Story

Comics have become so ubiquitous and so fashionable that it can be easy to  overlook what it (or should it be “they?”) actually is (or, maybe, “are”). In this workshop we will look at the components that make up comics and how they work together to create a unique, and deceptively complex, reading experience. Then we’ll talk about how to use that knowledge to tell the story you want to tell.

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Poetry

Poetry as Translation

Translation is a sibling practice to poetry, and extremely instructive in making us better writers. When translating, we pay better attention to language because we are continually asked to think about what could be and forced to choose what will be. Translation creates heightened awareness of our responsibilities as writers as we grapple with how we relay a narrative and what details we include or leave out. In this class we’ll review poetic translations – including non-traditional examples such as English-to-English translations – and engage in exercises that think broadly about what translation means. Participants will come away with a sense of how translation can hone their craft and add a sense of play to their writing. Workshop participants do not need any familiarity with non-English languages, but a laptop or access to Google Translate is recommended.  

 

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Business of Writing

Know Your Competition

It’s essential to understand what your competitors are doing and how they are engaging with their audience. Interaction is key when trying to attract readers, so watching the people who have had proven successes with book promotion is key to developing your own goals and objectives. While it might be tempting for you to focus on building your brand, it’s even more important to determine how they are approaching the market. Knowing what they are doing and where they are playing online – platforms they most frequently use, marketing tactics they employ, content of their messaging, degree of audience engagement– can make a big difference when you are creating a strategy to build your own audience and business.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Genre Fiction

Widgets and Bridges -- Why Engineering Matters in Science Fiction and Fantasy

While physics and dragonology may get a lot of fictional attention, there's serious fun, and excellent writing to be had in engineering -- from widgets and timers to bridges and wings, we'll look at how engineering can work to strengthen plot, underpin character, and expand a book's impact. (appropriate for adult, YA, and children's authors)

  

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Poetry

Breaking the Habit

How can we expand our poetic vocabulary to include new and different syntax, structure, and voice? This workshop is aimed at beginners, but will be beneficial to anyone stuck in a rut of their design. We’ll look to poems as models and inspiration, play games, and participate in writing exercises all with one objective: break habits that are holding our writing back.   
For beginner poets. 

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Genre Fiction

First Page Workshop: Writing for Young People, Writing for Justice

This workshop is aimed at intermediate or advanced writers of chapter books and novels for young people. In this workshop, we will collectively examine middle grade and YA novels that have historically done injustice to marginalized communities – as well as texts that have sought to represent our diverse worlds with greater sensitivity, solidarity, and accuracy. Simultaneously, this workshop will take the perspective that writing for young people is less about “teaching a good lesson” and more “telling a good story” – and that in fact, telling good stories involves representing our communities in all their rich diversity.

Writers will be asked to bring a “first page” of writing for young people, without their names on it. We will workshop these first pages aloud – gathering collective input on their openings, voice, world building and representation. We will also discuss practical matters such as querying agents, understanding market trends and seeking publication.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Business of Writing

Craft Marketing Plans like an Author-preneur

Marketing is simply the art (and science) of finding and connecting with your audience. In this fun, fast-paced session, Carol will demystify how professional marketers devise marketing plans. As with most success, it starts with setting quantifiable objectives. Carol will cover five principles, along with examples and how to apply them to your book launch:

  • Readers have options, so authors need to relentlessly pursue a near perfect product
  • Entrepreneurs recruit more promoters than detractors
  • Reach then convert
  • Plan early; then test, learn and adjust
  • Marketing is an act of creativity. Approach with an open mindset
TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing for New Media

Sounds Good!: Writing Audio Fiction in the Age of Podcasting

The rising popularity of podcasts has created a new golden age of audio drama. But the way these dramas are delivered and consumed – on demand, through headphones, and when you’re walking, driving, or cleaning the living room – has turned this old medium into something new. In this workshop we’ll talk about the limitations and opportunities created by telling a story only using sound, and how to take advantage of those when developing your story and writing your script.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm