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Session / Presenter
Location / Time / Track
Jun 06
Sat - 2020
Crisis Creates Us: YA Story Structure and Mapping
Daniel José Older
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
Writing Genre Fiction
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Presenter: Daniel José OlderTrack: Writing Genre Fiction

How can taking a bird's eye view of the story help us make sense out of the complicated work of structure? In this workshop, we'll engage with turning points and the central heart of what gives a narrative meaning, exploring strategic approaches and discussing our own work and experiences with the process. Students are encouraged to bring a story of their own to diagram out and analyze.

Jun 06
Sat - 2020
I’m Published! Now What?
Jeffrey Scott Copeland
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
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Presenter: Jeffrey Scott CopelandTrack: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

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 06
Sat - 2020
Pitchapalooza
The Book Doctors
TBD
11:50am to 1:30pm
General Session
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Presenter: The Book DoctorsTrack: General Session

Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler). Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute! Dozens of writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally-published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza, including Raul the Third, Ylonda Caviness, Stacy McAnulty, Judith Fertig, Gloria Chao, Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu. At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book.

Jun 06
Sat - 2020
Writing Authentically Online
Meg Fee
TBD
1:40pm to 3:10pm
Writing for New Media
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Presenter: Meg FeeTrack: Writing for New Media

In 2015, I published a small collection of essays online - on my blog. That digital download led to a direct twitter message from an independent publisher. That direct message than led to an agent and an eventual book deal. The story of how I published my first book is a bit of a Cinderella-story of the Digital Age, but it’s also not singular to me. This workshop will cover how to successfully transition from a blog to a book, and how to do it in a way that feels purposeful. You don’t need to have a massive following to attract attention, you simply need to write in your authentic voice. Writing truthfully online today (whether it’s on a blog or instagram) is harder and more important than ever before - and ultimately it is the thing that will attract followers, engagement, and - yes - book deals.

Jun 06
Sat - 2020
I Remember: Unlocking Memories to Lay the Foundation of Your Memoir
Jamie Brickhouse
TBD
3:20pm to 4:50pm
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
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Presenter: Jamie BrickhouseTrack: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Memory and fact are two different animals. The meat of literary memoir is the author’s salient memories around the facts of the story he is telling. In this introduction to memoir, Jamie Brickhouse, author of the critically-acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and my Mother (St. Martin’s Press; “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir; Amazon “Best Book of May 2015,” Book Chase “Top 10 Nonfiction of 2015” ) shows writers how to unlock their deepest memories—the buried, nearly forgotten, and painful—to allow those memories to flower on the page. Taking a lead from Joe Brainard’s literary and artistic cult classic, I Remember, students will discover that laying “I remembers” on the page before writing prose, is akin to an artist priming a canvas before painting. The first half of the workshop will explore the art and craft of channeling and writing about memory as Brickhouse discusses examples from classic memoirs (The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr, The Night of the Gun by David Carr, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion) and a range of how-to books on memoir and writing (The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss by Jessica Handler, The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Victoria Gornick) and his own writing experience. He will also explore how to lift the “burden of too much information”—to weed out the memories, passages, and scenes from a life so that only the essential ones germane to the story you’re telling remain. The second half will be participatory, and students will write their own memories through a series of “I remember” exercises and then transform some of those into prose. Participants will discover that the memories which materialize from their stream of conscious—the ones that cannot be ignored—are the ones that must be written about, and are usually the ones that create literary gold. Brickhouse will lead guided discussions around the students’ work in a supportive, encouraging and laid-back atmosphere. Students will receive a reading list, as well as additional writing prompts and exercises.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
The Craft of Writing Literary Nonfiction: A “How-To” Workshop
Jeffrey Scott Copeland
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
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Presenter: Jeffrey Scott CopelandTrack: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

This session will cover the following – and more:

  • The “Code” of Literary Nonfiction
  • Where and how to find/mine ideas for stories
  • How and where to conduct the research for Literary Nonfiction stories
  • Methods of creating the “Storyboard” for Literary Nonfiction (and many other genres as well)
  • How to avoid the pitfalls particular to this genre (there are many!)

Whether participants are beginners or experienced in writing Literary Nonfiction, all will receive practical suggestions/tips/advice that will help them as they develop their skills in this area.

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
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
Storytelling for Writers: Turning Prose on the Page to Stories on the Stage
Jamie Brickhouse
TBD
1:10pm to 2:40pm
Writing for Performance
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Presenter: Jamie BrickhouseTrack: Writing for Performance

Deeply personal, honest, funny true stories can be therapeutic and cathartic for the storyteller, but the storyteller’s catharsis isn’t the point. By performing a story for an audience, the storyteller must create an emotional experience in the audience. Jamie Brickhouse—a nationally recognized (PBS-TV), 4-time Moth champion, National Storytelling Network Grand Slam champion, New York Times published memoirist, and award-winning solo show performer—reveals how it’s done. In this introduction to personal narrative storytelling, he demonstrates how to adapt stories from your memoirs and personal essays that are dynamic, compelling, engaging, funny, suspenseful, moving, and ultimately universal and cathartic. He adapted his memoir Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex and My Mother into a multi-award-winning show that he continues to tour across the country. His second solo show, I Favor My Daddy, is based on his memoir-in-progress and is also multi-award-winning. Using examples from his own work, that of other stellar tellers and tools taken from writing his memoirs, he reveals the art and craft to unlocking and adaptive personal narrative prose into stories that are entertaining, profound, funny and moving. Participants should come with one chapter, story, or personal essay they want to workshop for performance and will leave the class with the tools for a stage-ready story.