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Concurrent Workshop Sessions

During the registration process, you’ll be required to choose ONE Concurrent Workshop per session.

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WORKSHOP 101: ALL PROSE GENRES
How to Write a Page Turner

Maybe you love language. Maybe you’ve honed your voice to a sharp point. Maybe you feel you can write dialogue and setting descriptions forever. But do your stories and book attempts sputter out? Do you sit down one day, open the document you’ve been working on, and find yourself wondering,...
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Diana Spechler
Diana Spechler

WORKSHOP 102: FICTION
Plunging In: Making the Opening Come Alive

A story’s opening is its single most important moment: you must catch your readers’ interest and concern or they will turn the page.  Leisurely beginnings, a proper “setup,” may work in a novel, but not in a story. This workshop will have two parts: First, we will examine models of...
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David Lynn
David Lynn

WORKSHOP 103: ALL PROSE GENRES
Backstory is Behavior

In this workshop, students will pursue an extensive exploration of the value of dramatic versus static character biographies. The focus will be on the creative use of transformative scenes from the character’s life — rather than the accumulation of lifeless background information — to develop the character’s physical, psychological, and sociological natures,...
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David Corbett
David Corbett

WORKSHOP 104: NONFICTION
Writing the Perfect Personal Essay

Discover what makes a strong, publishable personal essay, from the difficult opening paragraph to the compelling finale. Do you dig just deep enough to tell your story? Or do you prefer to go even deeper, into the heart and soul of your experiences, your beliefs? We’ll explore character and plot...
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Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim

WORKSHOP 105: MEMOIR
Your Memoir: A Novel that Happens to Be True

Do you want your memoir to be published and read by a wide audience? It has to be a great story. Not a biography. Learn the techniques of writing literary nonfiction. SEIZE readers with surprise on your first page. SELECT the most vivid characters from your story. KNOW your audience —...
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Gail Sheehy

WORKSHOP 106: SONGWRITING
Finding the Song in Your Story

What will be the songs and books that give voice to and witness the unique story of our times and our future? Are you a songwriter being called to tell a new story? Are you looking to find the song in your heart to sing? Your story to tell in...
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Stephanie Urbina Jones
Stephanie Urbina Jones

WORKSHOP 107: SCREENWRITING
Writing the One-Hour Pilot for Television

This workshop covers the basics of writing one-hour dramas for television, including what makes a pilot episode different from all other episodes and what the criteria are for a television pilot with legs. We’ll explore the basic structure of a one-hour drama, how to create a valid franchise that will...
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Julie Sayres
Julie Sayres

WORKSHOP 108: POETRY
Deep Revision: The Enormous “Pleasure of Taking Pains”

This class is the drop-down-deep Poetry Craft class you have been longing for! I have developed a set of, not rules: never “rules” – every rule in Poetry is meant to be broken by the one that do it beautifully: think of e. e. cummings – but a deliciously learnable...
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Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill

WORKSHOP 109: ALL PROSE GENRES
Fingerprinting Your Writing: Intercultural Voices and Experiences

In this workshop we will look into the untapped potential and fascinating implications of unique and personalized intercultural writing strategies and their posible effects. We will approach the richness of such writings — mostly poetry and some prose — to illustrate ways in which intercultural relations, tensions and expressions inhabit and cohabit...
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Claire Joysmith
Claire Joysmith

WORKSHOP 110: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
The Perfect Pitch Letter: Drafting an Enticing Query

You can’t get your foot in the door if you don’t put your best foot forward. The query letter is a writer’s first — and often only — opportunity to make a lasting impression. But, the hard truth is that agents receive far more query letters than they can possibly attend to,...
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Anna Knutson Geller
Anna Geller

WORKSHOP 111: PLEASURES OF READING
The Mayan Creation Epic: The Popol Vuh

Often referred to as the “oldest book in America,” the Popol Vuh is known by many names: The Book of the People, The Council Book, the Sacred Book of the Maya. But the K’iche’ etymology of the name offers an image richer than any of these approximations: the words Popol...
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Michael Bazzett
Michael Bazzett

WORKSHOP 201: ADVANCED FICTION
The Perfect Storm: How to Create Suspense in Literary Memoir and Fiction

Why are readers taking tepid and shallow commercial novels to the beach rather than the novels of Henry James? Why does literary fiction — from the great books of Western culture to the current winner of the Man Booker prize — read like homework? Where’s the profound book that’s also a page-turner?...
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Susan Brown
Susan Brown

WORKSHOP 202: ALL PROSE GENRES
Improv for Writers

Do you want to find a way around writer’s block, silence your inner critic, or become more comfortable in front of audiences? Improv techniques will help. In this lively, interactive workshop, Martha Barnette, co-host of the popular public radio show “A Way with Words,” will show how writers can benefit...
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Martha Barnette
Martha Barnette

WORKSHOP 203: MEMOIR
Writing The Unspoken: Truth and Consequences of Breaking the Silence

Personal narratives that reveal uncomfortable truths about difficult subjects such as personal trauma, various types of abuse, illness, and family dysfunction seem highly vulnerable to risking various forms of backlash — including silencing, critical shaming, or loss of friends and family involved in these narratives. We will address both the radiant...
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Lori Horvitz
Lori Horvitz

WORKSHOP 204: WRITING CRIME
Writing Crime

What makes a great crime story? This workshop will explore the ways that crime can structure a narrative, shape its voice, and produce characters that leap off the page. Like crime itself, crime fiction starts not with motive or means or methods of detection, but with desire. Crime is where...
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Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky

PANEL 205, WITH NAOMI KLEIN
Incorporating a Message in your Piece: Explicit or Implicit

We’re excited to announce our newest addition to the 2017 San Miguel Writers’ Conference, a panel featuring Naomi Klein. On February 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM we will be presenting “Incorporating a Message in your Piece: Explicit or Implicit.” The panel will be moderated by Jay Vogt and include Naomi...
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Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein
Tawni Waters
Tawni Waters
Iraj Isaac Rahmim
Iraj Isaac Rahmim
Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill
Jay Vogt
Jay Vogt

WORKSHOP 206: PERSONAL WRITING
Journaling: Investigating Your Witness Protection Program

How do we have faith in our creative choices? How long do we want to silence the inner voice that has the key to our creativity? How do we get our most authentic voice into our work? As writers, we often have much of our truest, creative self in a...
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Elizabeth Powell
Elizabeth Powell

WORKSHOP 207: ALL PROSE GENRES
How to Write a Page Turner

Maybe you love language. Maybe you’ve honed your voice to a sharp point. Maybe you feel you can write dialogue and setting descriptions forever. But do your stories and book attempts sputter out? Do you sit down one day, open the document you’ve been working on, and find yourself wondering,...
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Diana Spechler
Diana Spechler

WORKSHOP 208: POETRY
What the Painting Says: Writing Poems Inspired by Works of Art

This workshop focuses on ways in which contemporary poets respond to other works of art. We will look at traditions and innovations in this long standing practice and seek out new strategies to assist in the creation of new work. We will use poems by Komunyakaa, Levis, Harvey, Flynn and...
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James Hoch
James Hoch

WORKSHOP 209: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
Understanding E-books: What All Authors Need to Know

Want to publish a professional-quality e-book (to be read on Kindle or a similar reader) but don’t know where to start? This workshop will walk you through the basics of e-book development and distribution. It’s a brief and painless overview of the e-book production process, including design basics and tips...
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Renee and Mark D’Antoni
Renee and Mark D’Antoni

WORKSHOP 210: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
Perfect Pitch: How to Successfully Pitch Your Project to an Agent in Fifteen Minutes

Have you signed up for a pitch session with an agent? Great! But how do you take advantage of the limited time? In this practical, hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss what the agents at the conference expect, want (and don’t want!) in a pitch session. You’ll refine and practice what you...
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Louisa Rogers
Louisa Rogers

WORKSHOP 211: PLEASURES OF READING
Am I celebrating Diversity? Or am I part of the problem?

What is a writer to do if you are interested in writing outside the box of your racial and cultural and gender traditions? Are you celebrating or exploiting, and where is the border between the two? How can the “general reader” distinguish between the authentic and manipulative, and how do...
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Richard Michelson
Richard Michelson

WORKSHOP 301: FICTION
Dialog as Action — Not Conversation

Dialog in fiction must serve numerous purposes — enhance characterization, advance the plot, provide information, suggest subtext — all of which demonstrate the fundamental truth that dialog is not mere conversation. It is action. In this workshop, we’ll establish how to root dialog in the core objectives and obstacles within the scene,...
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David Corbett
David Corbett

WORKSHOP 302: FICTION
What Editors Really Want: How to Sharpen the Dramatic Stakes of Your Fiction

All editors say no far more often than yes. But they also are always on the hunt for stories and novels where the situations seem fresh and striking, where dramatic conflict crackles, and stakes are high. The longtime editor of the Kenyon Review, one of the nation’s most revered magazines,...
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David Lynn
David Lynn

WORKSHOP 303: ALL PROSE GENRES
Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes

All of us have treasured scenes from movies or books that have imprinted themselves upon our souls forever. They make us laugh, cry or root for the hero/heroine. Scene is the element of craft that captures the heart of the reader. This session will clarify the difference between narrative summary...
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Susan Pohlman
Susan Pohlman

WORKSHOP 304: MEMOIR
Writing the Unspoken: Truth and Consequences of Breaking the Silence

Personal narratives that reveal uncomfortable truths about difficult subjects such as personal trauma, various types of abuse, illness, and family dysfunction seem highly vulnerable to risking various forms of backlash — including silencing, critical shaming, or loss of friends and family involved in these narratives. We will address both the radiant...
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Lori Horvitz
Lori Horvitz

PANEL 305
Special Challenges of Memoir Writing

How does memoir differ from fiction and from other types of non-fiction? How do these differences affect what you will write? Do all the facts have to be exactly accurate? What if you want to write about something you don’t remember? How can you manage family members who might take...
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Kenneth Woodward
Kenneth Woodward
Jamie Brickhouse
Jamie Brickhouse
Marian Botsford Fraser
Marian Botsford Fraser
Jay Vogt
Jay Vogt
Gail Sheehy

WORKSHOP 306: POETRY
The Sweet Governance of Form: Using Traditional Poetic Forms as Vessels

Sometimes our most powerful feelings and most radical thoughts are the most difficult to contain in language. It may be that using a traditional poetic form as a vessel into which you can pour that over-powering material is just what you need to help you bring the material to its...
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Cecilia Woloch
Cecilia Woloch

WORKSHOP 307: ALL PROSE GENRES
Devotion to Writing: Cultivating A Daily Writing Practice

How do we sustain ourselves as writers despite the daily pressures, fears, and doubts which often derail us before we even begin? This workshop offers tools to help you break the silence of the page and begin cultivating a daily writing practice. Using principles traditionally associated with monastic practices — gratitude,...
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Justen Ahren
Justen Ahren

WORKSHOP 308: SCREENWRITING
Adaptation: Adapting Source Materials for the Screen

Consider this: In 1896 Thomas Edison’s “The Kiss”, only 18 seconds long, was one of the first films commercially shown to the public. And it was adapted from a play. In 1927, “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature length talkie, was an adaptation of a play based on a short...
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Mark Schwartz
Mark Evan Schwartz

WORKSHOP 309: TRAVEL WRITING
Beyond the Narrative: Crafting Travel Writing That Earns an Income

The phrase “travel writing” brings up images of weeks-long trips and evocative stories that run for pages or stretch out over a whole book. Where most of the money is earned, however, is in service articles that address a need and blog posts that serve a clear audience wanting answers....
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Tim Leffel
Tim Leffel

WORKSHOP 310: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
The Independent Publishing Revolution

According to the Huffington Post, less than 2% of submitted manuscripts are accepted for publication by traditional publishing houses. The other 98%, no matter how well-written or topically relevant, are doomed to rejection. But there’s a revolution quietly taking place in the publishing world that’s eventually going to change the...
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Judith Gille
Judith Gille

WORKSHOP 311: PLEASURES OF READING
We can all be Latinos in our Hearts: Experiencing the Beauty, Wisdom, and Power of this Ancient Culture

Pleasures of Reading Like the resilient sparrow, Latinos reach across our hemisphere to Spain, the Philippines and even Africa. Coming from 24 countries, Latinos are diversity — a rich salsa of cultures, countries, and ethnicities. They come in many colors: white, brown, red, chocolate, or latte. Latinos are a fusion people —...
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Juana Bordas
Juana Bordas

WORKSHOP 401: FICTION
The Mechanics of Scene

A strong voice is necessary but not sufficient to create a compelling story. The rubber meets the road in the individual scenes that build the narrative step by step. In this workshop we’ll cover how to use objective, obstacle, and action to generate tension and create the dramatic thrust of...
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David Corbett
David Corbett

WORKSHOP 402: FICTION
Introduction to Deep Story Design

Writers want to write stories that work, stories that satisfy audiences, stories that come alive with meaning. This is true whether they’re writing novels, screenplays, or memoirs. Mastering the principles of story structure and the stages of character development is essential for writers who want to design stories with depth...
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April Bosshard
April Bosshard

WORKSHOP 403: SCREENWRITING
Adaptation: Adapting Source Materials for the Screen

Consider this: In 1896 Thomas Edison’s “The Kiss”, only 18 seconds long, was one of the first films commercially shown to the public. And it was adapted from a play. In 1927, “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature length talkie, was an adaptation of a play based on a short...
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Mark Schwartz
Mark Evan Schwartz

WORKSHOP 404: NONFICTION
Writing the Perfect Personal Essay

Discover what makes a strong, publishable personal essay, from the difficult opening paragraph to the compelling finale. Do you dig just deep enough to tell your story? Or do you prefer to go even deeper, into the heart and soul of your experiences, your beliefs? We’ll explore character and plot...
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Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim

WORKSHOP 405: MEMOIR
Truth Has Consequences: Whose Life is it Anyway?

The challenges of writing memoir are unique. Memoir is, first and foremost, a profoundly personal experience, a complex synergy between memory and imagination. But the narrative of a memoir is not merely personal; a memoir invariably embraces, recounts, intrudes upon, exploits, possibly even violates the memories and experiences of others....
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Marian Botsford Fraser
Marian Botsford Fraser

WORKSHOP 406: PERSONAL WRITING
Writing Through the Darkness of Grief, Loss and Transition

Grief and stress are natural responses to the loss of someone or something meaningful: a person, a relationship, a friendship, a pet, a job, or a home. Writing can be a powerful means of helping us during the darkness that accompanies a difficult transition to a place of peace and...
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Ronald Alexander
Ronald Alexander

WORKSHOP 407: ALL PROSE GENRES
Precise Language: Beyond the Almost Right Word

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word,” Mark Twain wrote, “is the difference between lighting and a lightning bug.” For writers, language is both hammer and nail — a tool, and the steel that binds imagery and character. Finding the right word is a matter of accuracy...
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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan

WORKSHOP 408: POETRY
Understanding Perspective in Poetry

This workshop will look at how an angle of perspective allows for the emotion of a particular poem to unfold. We will look at how perspective, point of view and conceit play vital roles in shaping the emotional quality of our experiences. By shifting perspective, the writer is able to...
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James Hoch
James Hoch

WORKSHOP 409: FICTION
Bleeding Shades of Gray: Writing Compelling Issue-Driven Fiction

One need only read issue-driven masterpieces like The Cider House Rules and The Bluest Eye to understand the power heartfelt moral conviction can lend to fictional works. A truly passionate author’s enthusiasm transfers to the page, making the writing crackle with life. Writing about social and political issues certainly isn’t...
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Tawni Waters
Tawni Waters

PANEL 410
Do You Need an Agent and How to Connect with One

The variety of options for getting your book published these days can be dizzying. Is the tried-and-true method of connecting with an agent who will sell your book to a traditional publisher — and then shepherd it through all the next steps — the right path for you? How and when can...
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Katharine Sands
Katharine Sands
Anna Knutson Geller
Anna Geller
Marilyn Allen
Marilyn Allen
Bonnie Nadell
Bonnie Nadell
Jay Vogt
Jay Vogt
April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt

WORKSHOP 411: PLEASURES OF READING
A Multi-Cultural History of Spiritual Poetry

This session presents a history of inspirational poetry from many spiritual traditions. Included are: Ancient Chinese poet Lao Tzu; Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz; Ancient and modern India including Bhagavad Gita and Bengali Rabindranaht Tagore; Japanese Zen poetry of Badhi and others, Euoroean mystic saints Saint Theresa of Avila; Native...
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Urmila Schmit-Cohen
Urmila Schmit-Cohen

WORKSHOP 501: FICTION
The Hidden Magic of Character Development

We know that characters are meant to grow and change in a story, but how and when does that happen? In this mini-workshop, writers learn how to design a character’s “arc” — that personal journey of transformation that lends meaning to narrative — using three powerful techniques that help bring characters...
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April Bosshard
April Bosshard

WORKSHOP 502: FICTION
Is It Autobiographical? Strategies for Writing Fiction Inspired by Experience

What is the true essential nature of fiction a writer feels driven to write when it is based largely on his or her own experience? Is the story transposed from actual events? Is it a memoir cloaked as fiction? Is it a traumatic experience being revisited? A revenge piece? Why...
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Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber

WORKSHOP 503: ALL PROSE GENRES
Precise Language: Beyond the Almost Right Word

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word,” Mark Twain wrote, “is the difference between lighting and a lightning bug.” For writers, language is both hammer and nail — a tool, and the steel that binds imagery and character. Finding the right word is a matter of accuracy...
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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan

WORKSHOP 504: NONFICTION
Personal Essay: How to Use Your Story to Tell a Larger Story

The market for the personal essay is large and varied, ranging from small, university-based literary journals to the most popular of magazines. As a form of interior journalism, the personal essay allows the writer to excavate her past, to dig into the darker corners, and inform and thrill by creating...
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Iraj Isaac Rahmim
Iraj Isaac Rahmim

WORKSHOP 505: MEMOIR
I Remember: Unlocking Memories to Lay the Foundation of Your Memoir

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 workshop Jamie Brickhouse, author of the critically-acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and my Mother, will show writers how...
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Jamie Brickhouse
Jamie Brickhouse

WORKSHOP 506: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
How To Pitch Magazines

Do you find yourself reading articles in magazines or on the Internet and thinking, “I want to do that”? Writing nonfiction for publication is within your reach. In fact, every writer in every magazine was once unpublished and had to break in. I’ll teach you how to get started. In...
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Diana Spechler
Diana Spechler

WORKSHOP 507: ALL PROSE GENRES
Theories of Creativity and Writing: Expand Your Horizons

What is “creativity” really? How do we create? This workshop goes beyond borders and boundaries to introduce various theories on creativity based on current brain research. Drawing on the work of Gabriele Rico and Writing the Natural Way, David Eagleman and his PBS special on the brain, Austin Kleon and...
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Kathleen Hudson
Kathleen Hudson

WORKSHOP 508: POETRY
The Poem Incited: Generating New Work

In this workshop participants will focus on ways to generate new poems — through exercises in sound, formal strategies, and imitation. While time will be allotted to share and discuss the work we’ve composed, the emphasis in this workshop is on starting new poems, and participants should expect to leave the...
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Janet McAdams
Janet McAdams

WORKSHOP 509: TRAVEL MEMOIR
Travel Memoir: Your Journey is the Story

A travel memoir is a travel writing genre all its own. It is not a guidebook, trip diary or marketing piece. Rather, it is a delicate mixture of recollection and reflection that reveals how a journey, or a series of journeys, transformed the writer. Our journeys are the stories of...
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Susan Pohlman
Susan Pohlman

WORKSHOP 510: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
Fifty Shades of Publishing: All the Ways You Can Publish a Winning Book

In this illuminating workshop, Literary Change Agent and author advocate April Eberhardt examines the state of publishing today along with the implications and opportunities for authors. She presents five different paths to publication, including a candid discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Discover what partnership publishing is, along...
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April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt

WORKSHOP 511: PLEASURES OF READING
Dancing in . . . Drinking in . . . Drenched in . . . Poetry! An Ecstatic PlayShop: for Everyone who Reads . . . Loves . . . or would like to Love . . . well, maybe Date . . . or just meet for coffee . . . ok, flirt with, well . . . check out . . . POETRY!!!

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. — Emily Dickinson Poems say all the surprising things we didn’t know we needed to say! They whisper, bellow, shout, weep, soar, coo. They are HeartSong, MindMingle: cognitive, scrumptious, quiet, rivers running...
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Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill

WORKSHOP 601: ALL PROSE GENRES
Improv for Writers

Do you want to find a way around writer’s block, silence your inner critic, or become more comfortable in front of audiences? Improv techniques will help. In this lively, interactive workshop, Martha Barnette, co-host of the popular public radio show “A Way with Words,” will show how writers can benefit...
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Martha Barnette
Martha Barnette

WORKSHOP 602: ALL PROSE GENRES
Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes

All of us have treasured scenes from movies or books that have imprinted themselves upon our souls forever. They make us laugh, cry or root for the hero/heroine. Scene is the element of craft that captures the heart of the reader. This session will clarify the difference between narrative summary...
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Susan Pohlman
Susan Pohlman

WORKSHOP 603: ADVANCED FICTION
Writing the Unreliable Narrator

What makes a narrator unreliable? What are the varieties of unreliability, and how do we as readers sometimes recognize the author’s intended “truth” of a story by listening for what lies beneath the manifest story being told? How does the authorial voice differ from the narrator’s voice? Participants will consider...
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Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber

WORKSHOP 604: NONFICTION
Writing for the Change You Want to See: Let Your Work Make a Difference!

Every poem is a thank you letter, an IOU and a complaint to the management. — Alice Waters Let’s write from a place that allows for the biggest hoop, the largest hope! Be a Voice for the Change you wish for! What we name, what we write, (whether for or against:)...
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Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill

WORKSHOP 605: MEMOIR
Memoir: Sensing the Way to Begin

So many of us know that we have stories that deserve to be written. But how to begin? In my experience, both as a writer and a professor of memoir/creative nonfiction, there is always a memory that won’t let you go. Often these are memories considered too trivial, too confusing,...
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Elizabeth Hanly
Elizabeth Hanly

WORKSHOP 606: CHILDREN
Poetry for Children, Teens, and Adults: Commonalities and Differences

Great poetry is great poetry, whether aimed at children, teens or adults. We all share a common humanity and with any luck, will experience all three phases of life. Yet some of our finest poets are unable to bridge the divide, while others write magnificently for different audiences. Exploring the...
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Richard Michelson
Richard Michelson

WORKSHOP 607: ALL PROSE GENRES
Awaken your Author within: Connecting to your Creative Muse

Awaken the author within and connect with your inner muse through a process called Shamanic Breathwork Journeys. You will be introduced to your Future Self, the one who has already successfully written your book. This process will invite you into your own heart, through shamanic journeying with the breath, to...
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Jeremy Pajer
Jeremy Pajer

WORKSHOP 608: POETRY
Composing the Poetry Chapbook

A poetry chapbook — a slim, pocket-size volume, usually 25 or so pages in length — is often a poet’s “first step” toward publishing a full-length book, and sometimes a “stepping stone” between books for already well-published poets. A chapbook may also be a work of art in itself, portable and beautiful,...
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Cecilia Woloch
Cecilia Woloch

WORKSHOP 609: ALL PROSE GENRES
Visual Storytelling: Single Photos and Photo Essays

A picture is worth a thousand words. In this workshop we’ll explore the power of a photograph to create a story in the mind of the viewer. Like fiction, an image has a structure that portrays a setting, creates a mood, elicits emotion and imparts a message. We will explore...
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Sandra Laurin
Sandra Laurin

WORKSHOP 610: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
Fifty Shades of Publishing: All the Ways You Can Publish a Winning Book

In this illuminating workshop, Literary Change Agent and author advocate April Eberhardt examines the state of publishing today along with the implications and opportunities for authors. She presents five different paths to publication, including a candid discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Discover what partnership publishing is, along...
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April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt

WORKSHOP 611: ALL PROSE GENRES
And If Life Were Inherently Without Meaning . . . Dada and Le Théâtre De L‘Absurde

What could possibly link the Marx Brothers, Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco? What could possibly link the nihilist spirit of Dada, Albert Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus and the Theater of the Absurd? I shall answer these questions, and many more, in my presentation on this very particular form of drama,...
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Béa Aaronson, PhD
Béa Aaronson, PhD

WORKSHOP 701: FICTION
The End Is The End is the End — Or is it?: Chekhov’s Influence on Story Endings

So often we focus our efforts on the beginning of stories and sometimes let the ends take care of themselves. We offer a wrap-up or kind of finish that shows “change.” But, is there another way to an effective ending? Chekhov, often thought of as a master of the ending,...
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Ronald Alexander
Ronald Alexander

WORKSHOP 702: ALL PROSE GENRES
The Book You Were Born to Sell

The book you were born to sell begins with a single paragraph. This no-holds barred workshop will center on creating opening lines that will grab agents, editors and readers by the throat and hold them. The workshop will be limited to writers with books in progress and will focus on...
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Antoinette May
Antoinette May

WORKSHOP 703: ALL PROSE GENRES
Introduction to Scrivener Software for Serious Writers: Escape from the Slavery of WORD

Microsoft Word and its ilk are a step above the typewriter, but haven’t you always longed for more? Wouldn’t you love an application that can store and organize your research, photos, URLs, character profiles, timelines, and evolving drafts of the manuscript itself? Scrivener does just that. This software can store...
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Merilyn Simonds
Merilyn Simonds

WORKSHOP 704: NONFICTION
Personal Essay: How to Use Your Story to Tell a Larger Story

The market for the personal essay is large and varied, ranging from small, university-based literary journals to the most popular of magazines. As a form of interior journalism, the personal essay allows the writer to excavate her past, to dig into the darker corners, and inform and thrill by creating...
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Iraj Isaac Rahmim
Iraj Isaac Rahmim

WORKSHOP 705: MEMOIR
Who’s the Me I’m Writing About?

What kind of story are you living in? Is it a story of adventure, of love lost or won, a voyage of discovery, a quest, a story of survival or of conversion? Focusing on questions such as these invites the memoirist to locate the specifics of what is being remembered...
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Kenneth Woodward
Kenneth Woodward

WORKSHOP 706: CREATIVE NONFICTION
Digging Deep and Daring to Share: Let’s Workshop Your Nonfiction Writings

With all the information you’re taking in about memoir and personal essays at the conference, why not throw something back to the world? Please come to this workshop with a piece of creative nonfiction (2–4 pages but you’re welcome to bring more in case we have a small class). Whether...
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Laurie Gough
Laurie Gough

WORKSHOP 707: GRAPHIC NOVEL/MEMOIR
The Graphic Novel/Memoir

Once obscure in the literary world, the graphic novel is now a thriving and hip genre, blending text and images to tell a story. No longer just “comic books,” the genre is now taught in colleges, and respected worldwide. Combined with memoir writing the graphic novel approach creates a new...
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Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark

WORKSHOP 708: POETRY
What Your Body Has to Do with Writing

We live in our bodies. Our bodies hold us, our organs, brains, muscles, bones and blood, our ability to breathe, move, think, feel. We know our bodies, some of us better than others. The fact is: There are poems waiting to come out of our bodies and their experiences. This...
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Susan Landgraf
Susan Landgraf

WORKSHOP 709: ALL PROSE GENRES
Writing from the Senses: Igniting Creativity and Revitalizing Your Writing

The smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven, the texture of a well-worn coat, the reprise of a once-loved song — the sensory details of everyday experience can add richness and spark to what we write. Delightful sensory prompts will help you tap into your best material, enriching memory and...
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Laura Deutsch
Laura Deutsch

PANEL 710
Strategies for Publishing Your Work in Literary Journals

When editors comb through the so-called slush pile of submissions to their magazine, what are they looking for? What makes a poem or story or essay stand out? What makes it publishable? In this roundtable panel, four editors of the Kenyon Review will discuss strategies for submitting your work to...
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Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
Janet McAdams
Janet McAdams
David Lynn
David Lynn

WORKSHOP 711: PLEASURES OF READING
What’s So Funny? The Literature of Crazy Wisdom

In every human culture through the ages, certain archetypal figures appear to expose us to ourselves. Come and sample the crazy wisdom of these jesters, tricksters and holy fools as they reveal that we live in a world of illusion, that the emperor has no clothes, and that much of...
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Wes “Scoop” Nisker
Wes “Scoop” Nisker