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Session / Presenter
Location / Time / Track
Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Writing About Grief, Loss, and Trauma
Jessica Handler
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
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Presenter: Jessica HandlerTrack: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Robert Frost wrote, “no tears for the writer, no tears for the reader,” but how do we create effective story from emotionally difficult material? Writing well about loss requires more than capturing slippery memory on the page - the act of reflection must advance the narrative.

In this prompt-driven workshop, we will examine elements of renowned trauma memoirs and undertake writing exercises that will help us examine how both sorrow and joy are put to work in powerful creative nonfiction.

Participants will explore strategies for writing about loss and trauma in pursuit of insight, wholeness, and connection to readers. We will end our time together with a new understanding of the little-known continuation of Frost’s quote: “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

Open to writers of all levels.

Participants will:

· Examine the nuts and bolts of notable examples of memoir and essay about loss, grief, and trauma to understand the writers’ craft;

· Generate new material from writing prompts designed to explore memory from new angles;

· Explore the narrative balance of research, memory, and imagination;

· Develop confidence in their right to write their version of events.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Marketing as Mindset
Carol VanDenHende
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
The Business of Writing
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Presenter: Carol VanDenHendeTrack: The Business of Writing

To market your work, you need an author brand, visual identity and well-crafted marketing plans. After the hard work of writing a book, why do these marketing tasks seem daunting? Come to this workshop to learn from 20+ years of marketing and strategy experience. Find out why marketing isn’t manipulation. Overcome the most common marketing blockers using four simple mindset shifts. Join us to experience why authors say: “You inspire me and fire me up every time. I can't wait to market my book and my why!”

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Topical Songwriting Using Traditional and Regional Styles
Jez Lowe
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
Writing for Performance
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Presenter: Jez LoweTrack: Writing for Performance

Musician and songwriter Jez Lowe has found much of his inspiration during his 40 year performing career within the folk music of his native North Eastern England, an area rich in industrial history and with its own unique style in both folk song and dance music – a blend of Irish, Scots, Scandinavian and English traditions. As he has instinctively embraced the benefits of such strong inspiration, Jez has nevertheless endeavoured to cast a contemporary and modern outlook across all his work, striving to confront the issues of today while acknowledging the struggles and triumphs of the past. This is an approach that has readily been adopted by many of his more celebrated fellow-travellers, and one which Jez will be encouraging his audience to try for themselves, by tapping into their own regional and musical heritage, and relishing the results.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
[Master Class Poetry – 90 minutes] Imagistic Endurance
Jenny Johnson
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
Writing Poetry
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Presenter: Jenny JohnsonTrack: Writing Poetry

What is your relationship to looking? What are your strategies for conveying what you
see, picture, or imagine through language? How long do you hold the gaze in your work?
And what might happen if you held it longer, if you kept looking, if you chose not to look
away? We will turn to a range of models for tips on seeing—Robin Wall Kimmerer’s
sustained attention to moss in Gathering Moss, and poems by Kamilah Aisha Moon and
Tommye Blount. Of course, we will do some writing, too.

NOTE: Before class students will read a short essay by Robin Wall Kimmerer called, "Learning to See."

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Context: Power, Politics and Worldbuilding in Fantasy Lit
Daniel José Older
TBD
1:10pm to 2:40pm
Writing Genre Fiction
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Presenter: Daniel José OlderTrack: Writing Genre Fiction

Place matters. How do we create meaningful worlds around the action of our stories? This interactive seminar uses the organizing concept of institutional power mapping to conceptualize nuanced literary landscapes. We will explore different kinds of power and how they can play out in a narrative structure.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
I’m Published! Now What?
Jeffrey Scott Copeland
TBD
1:10pm to 2:40pm
The Business of Writing
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Presenter: Jeffrey Scott CopelandTrack: The Business of Writing

One of the greatest milestones of a writer’s life happens when word comes that a piece long worked on – quite often with blood, sweat, and tears thoroughly mixed together – will be published. The day is a culmination of all the background research, composing, revising, editing, and formatting. The pure joy and overwhelming euphoria, and satisfaction of accomplishment (add drum roll and fireworks here) all come together to make the experience one never to be forgotten. However, this period all too soon gives way as hard reality sets in, most typically in the form of this question: “I’m published! Now what?” The “Now what?” that follows is often the most important consideration of all. The “Now what?” is also, in today’s publishing world, the long road to achieving successful book readings, events, and promotions. For many new and experienced writers this road can be full of potholes and unexpected twists and turns, not to mention a fair amount of mystery and confusion. This session will help writers develop a positive start on this journey by providing tried-and-true practical advice (gathered from conducting over 300 book readings/events worldwide) that will help them achieve successful book readings, events, and promotions – which will all help your book be heard AND, as a result, increase sales.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Face-To-Face Course
Gregory Pardlo
TBD
1:10pm to 2:40pm
Writing Poetry
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Presenter: Gregory PardloTrack: Writing Poetry

Find new uses for lines, images, and even whole poems you might otherwise throw away. Cliché is perhaps the only thing a poem cannot abide. Clichés are not just trite or overused phrases. They are the images, ideas, and narratives that make up the shared body of knowledge we call “common sense”. In the writing process, we poets often reach for clichés and common sense thinking in times of crisis or discomfort instead of boldly depicting the thing that likely inspired the poem in the first place. Language that is flat and unimaginative can signal, paradoxically, the very passages in a poem that are the most emotionally fraught. Rather than simply discarding them, we might consider ways to honor the original sentiments buried within that stale language. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for getting at the useful emotionally raw material fossiled into such otherwise disposable language. We will dig through your printouts of failed poems, we will scroll through forgotten files on your laptop, and we will use this material to generate new work that is moving, surprising, and maybe even a little discomforting, but above all fresh.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Exploring the Unsayable Through Sound [Basic Poetry]
Jenny Johnson
TBD
2:50pm to 3:50pm
Writing Poetry
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Presenter: Jenny JohnsonTrack: Writing Poetry

Writing poems that are sound-driven can allow us a way into writing about that which feels hard
to say or express. In this class, we will consider how sound effects meaning, considering what
Robert Pinsky calls a poem’s “audible web.” We will turn to poems by Ross Gay and Jennifer
Chang as models. Then, we will do a writing exercise where you will have a chance to
experiment with sound, letting it be your guide as you explore a subject matter that you’re
struggling to tackle.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Goodreads For Authors
Eva Lesko Natiello
TBD
2:50pm to 3:50pm
The Business of Writing
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Presenter: Eva Lesko NatielloTrack: The Business of Writing

Are you maximizing all the opportunities Goodreads offers authors?

When time and resources are limited, authors need to focus on marketing strategies with the biggest opportunity for impact. Enter Goodreads: the unparalleled social media hang-out for readers. Learn in this session everything that’s available to authors and how to maximize your efforts to reach readers. Discover how to optimize your author page, interact with readers, run a giveaway, market away from your book, and much more. With over 65 million book-loving members, you can’t afford to ignore Goodreads!

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
The Archaeology of Fiction: Revision and Discovery
Aimee Lurye LaBrie
TBD
2:50pm to 3:50pm
Writing Genre Fiction
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Presenter: Aimee Lurye LaBrieTrack: Writing Genre Fiction

You've finished a first draft of your short story or manuscript. Now, the pleasure (and pain?) of revision begins. Learn how to move your story from its creative genesis into a more fully realized form. By exploring the threads of theme and conflict that likely already exist in your draft, you can begin to find the heart of the story. We'll look at examples of early drafts from published authors to discover their strategies for revision. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of an incomplete draft for in-class exercises focused on taking your work to the next level.