Date
Session / Presenter
Location / Time
Jun 06
Sat - 2020
I’m Published! Now What?
Jeffrey Scott Copeland
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
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Presenter: Jeffrey Scott Copeland

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
I Remember: Unlocking Memories to Lay the Foundation of Your Memoir
Jamie Brickhouse
TBD
3:20pm to 4:50pm
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Presenter: Jamie Brickhouse

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
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Presenter: Jeffrey Scott Copeland

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.