JUNE 23, 2021
Welcome – Tim Sandlin
Keynote Address – Megan Griswold
Keynote Address – Kathi Appelt
Nonfiction Workshop – Megan Griswold and Molly Loomis
Workshop – Kathi Appelt
Fiction Workshop – Tiffanie DeBartolo and Scott Shumaker
Social Gathering with Pets
JUNE 24, 2021
Keynote Address – Téa Obreht
Agent Panel – Jennifer Herrera, Allison Hunter, Milaga Baldi and Kimberly Cameron
4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Workshop – Téa Obreht and Dan Sheehan
Workshop – Juan Morales – Genre Blur: Writing Dreams in Poems, Flash, and Hybrid Forms
Whether they be nightmares, cryptic messages, inward journeys, or sifting through the data our mind processes while we sleep, dreams can be our teachers, help us open our imagination, and stretch our lyrical muscles. In this generative workshop, we will write delve into the works of authors like Naguib Mahfouz, James Tate, Langston Hughes, Aracelis Girmay, Robinson Jeffers, and others to show how the dreamscape can help our writing blur genres and can awaken the past, present, and future.
Evening Poetry Workshop – Works in Progress with poetry readings by Matt Daly, Jonathan Fink, Juan Morales and Laurie Kutchins.
JUNE 25, 2021
Yoga for Writers with Connie Wieneke
Guest Fiction Writer – Ruth Ozeki
Editors Panel – Maddie Caldwell and Tiffanie Shelton
4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
2 p.m. FICTION
Fiction Workshop – Patti Sherlock: Words in Their Mouths
This workshop will review simple tips for writing dialogue, and introduce some advanced tricks, too. Participants will do practice exercises.
Poetry Workshop – Jonathan Fink
Craft Workshop – Catherine McKenzie
JUNE 26, 2021
Yoga for Writers
Y.A. Guest Speaker – Alicia D. Williams
Keynote – Dan Sheehan
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Nonfiction Workshop – Kevin Grange: Everything You Need to Know about Writing in One Paragraph
Y.A. Workshop – Alicia D. Williams
Evening Workshop – Tab Murphy
JUNE 27, 2021
Keynote Address – Andrea Barnet: Finding the Bones of Your Story: How to Know What to Cut and What to Keep.
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Workshop – Andrea Barnet: Writing From the Inside Out: How to Channel your characters.
Workshop – Matt Daly: We Are Not Alone
Collaborative poetry as an anti-isolation tonic
Maybe the last year tried to convince us that the myth of the solitary writer moodily clacking away on a keyboard is not a myth. Let’s do some debunking together. We have all probably learned a lot about writing poetry by closely reading poems by other poets. What do we learn when our close reading of a poet’s words obliges us to write the next line? What happens when we engage with other poets in a shared act of composition? How might the transformation of poetry-writing into a collaborative art form allow us to recover from an isolated year? We’ll find out.