Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Intro to Short Writing Fiction

"Good guys wear black." - Harley T-shirt & manga maxim

I started writing and riding at around the same time. Six, maybe seven. Filling my tiny top spiral with stories, brapping about on a little 50cc pit bike, a yellow Suzy I shared with my brother. Forty years later, I'm still doing both, and I'm struck by how similar they are. Seriously. Ten writing/riding rules that will change (and maybe save) your life. Plus Johnny Cash and how "Boy Named Sue" is the only story model you'll ever need.

TBD 10:10am to 11:10am

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Creating a Book of Linked Short Stories

Linked short stories fall somewhere between a book of stories and a novel, while retaining some of the best qualities of both. They can move in time and in place and from character to character more freely than a novel, and can provide a richer, more complicated canvas than a book of short stories.

In our workshop we will create the outlines for two books of linked short stories, one character based and one place based. By the end of the class, students will have a better sense of what they can do to plot out a book of linked short stories, or how they can proceed forward from a story they have already written.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

The Essence of Character

What is a character driven story? How do you create a character powerful enough to drive a plot? This one hour craft talk and discussion goes beyond the lists of facts to offer a method for creating a dynamic character.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Mark Twain on Writing

Novelist William Dean Howells proclaimed that the writer born Samuel Langhorne Clemens was “the Lincoln of our literature.” Ernest Hemingway certainly viewed Mark Twain as a liberating force, famously stating that “all American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” And comedian-activist Dick Gregory said that Twain was “was so far ahead of his time that he shouldn't even be talked about on the same day as other people.” Think of the benefits of knowing this literary master’s secrets? But in fact, Twain kept no secrets when it came to the writing process. He was extremely generous with his thoughts on style, literary habits, and the writer’s role in society. Indeed, Twain constantly was writing about writing. Mark Dawidziak, the author or editor of five Twain-centric books, including Mark My Words: Mark Twain On Writing, will talk about how Twain’s lively advice can help guide and inspire writers more than 108 years after his death.

TBD 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Fiction

Revising for Plot

You have your first or two down and you know what story you want to tell, but your plot isn’t working yet. The session offers an explanation and examples of necessary plot points that will make your story click into place. Craft talk and exercises.

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Fiction

Hooking Your Readers from the First Page -- and Why It Matters

Chris Bohjalian says that his fiction has changed enormously in the digital age -- and it has changed for a variety of reasons.  But the big one?  The spectacular renaissance in TV and Film.  The Sopranos.  Breaking Bad.  Fargo.  Sociologists and anthropologists have chronicled the way our attention spans have changed, but so have our expectations of narrative: Bohjalian believes that even literary fiction must begin with a bang (at least a metaphoric one).  And so in this workshop, he will explore with the writers how to begin a novel or a short story -- and how to hook your readers from the first page.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Fiction

Truth and Lies: Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction

If your life is central to your story, but you’re unsure whether the material makes more sense to craft as a memoir or as a roman-a-clef, this workshop is for you.  We’ll discuss some key differences between the genres, especially in terms of voice and structure.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm