Writers’ Day 2013: Register Today!
Writers' Day | April 6, 2013
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | SNHU
To celebrate NHWP's twenty-fifth anniversary, we have put together a Writers' Day conference that will blow your socks off. Writers' Day has evolved into the largest writing conference in New Hampshire, attracting the best local talent: bestselling authors, award winners, laureates, and more. In 2013, in addition to acclaimed author Andre Dubus III joining us as the keynote speaker, we are deeply humbled and honored to have several other returning keynote speakers, and many of our favorite past instructors. Come enjoy this spectacular day at Southern New Hampshire University's Manchester campus with us!
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Only $89 per night. Valid through March 29, 2013.
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NHWP Member Regular: $155 (Jan. 15 to March 15)
NHWP Member Last-Minute: $175 (March 15 to April 6)
Nonmember: $205 (includes automatic one-year membership)
Pitch Session: +$25 (must be registered for Writers' Day to participate)
Keynote address by Andre Dubus III
Book signing with Andre Dubus III
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Session 1 (A-H)
Can writing save you? Acclaimed author Andre Dubus III believes so. In this intimate gathering, Dubus will speak about the path that led him to become a writer--one that pulled him out of a life of violence and allowed him to find his voice through the arts.
Flash fiction, microstory, sudden fiction, short-shorts–whatever you call this form, it has gained in popularity over the past few years. Many new venues for this form are developing, as both performance and publication. But short does not mean easy, and in some ways the craft of cramming a complete story into 500 or 1000 or 2000 words is as exacting as that of writing a novel. How many characters are enough? Too many? Can you violate the unities of time and space? Join longtime Literary Flash judge Jim Kelly in an exploration of flash fiction and come prepared to write your own story over the course of this workshop.
James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-two languages. His most recent book is Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology co-edited with John Kessel. Kelly writes a column on the Internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. His most recent publishing venture is the ezine James Patrick Kelly’s Strangeways. You can listen to Kelly read his stories on the Free Reads Podcast HERE. Kelly was a former keynote speaker at Writers' Day.
Ernest Hebert is the author of eleven books including the six-novel Darby series about a fictional New Hampshire town trying to hold on to its identity. His latest novel is Never Back Down, whose setting is Hebert's hometown of Keene, New Hampshire. Hebert is professor of English and director of creative writing at Dartmouth College. He was a former keynote speaker at Writers' Day.
Well-crafted suspense makes a novel unputdownable. In this workshop we will talk about how to build arcs of suspense, action, and reflection to hook and hold the reader captive up to the final page. We'll dissect examples; exercises involve both planning and writing.
Hallie Ephron writes suspense novels that she hopes will keep readers up nights. Reviewers call Come and Find Me "a lightning-quick read" that "keeps you turning the pages ... to the very last" and Never Tell a Lie "deliciously creepy" (starred PW review). In April, 2013, William Morrow launches her new novel, There Was an Old Woman. Tess Gerritsen says: "Superb suspense and unforgettable characters make this an absolute must-read. There Was an Old Woman is so good, I devoured this in one ravenous gulp!" Visit Ephron's website: www.HallieEphron.com.
Digital media is constantly evolving. Get the latest on the trends and strategies of the major players in the market: Apple, Amazon, Adobe. We'll look at tablets, ePubs, and eReaders, and discuss their similarities and differences. We'll review production tools, conversion pricing and quality concerns. This session will give you an understanding of the basic concepts of digital media and the current major trends in the market. You will have a clear idea of the medium and the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding suitability and appropriateness of different digital media formats to your genre and current best practices for maximizing digital sales.
Dan Nigloschy is the executive director of the Independent Publishers of New England, a non-profit trade association providing New England publishers with opportunities for education, networking, and cooperative marketing. Nigloschy is also co-founder, and CEO of Media Entities, a software developer located in Waltham, Massachussets, and serving the needs of publishers. Nigloschy has spent twenty-five years involved in developing and marketing pre-press products to newspaper, magazine, and book publishers in the United States and Europe. He worked for DuPont, where he headed up the European newspaper systems sales team for six years, out of London, Paris, and Frankfurt. In addition, Nigloschy has worked specifically in digital media, since 2002 developing XML publishing systems for print and digital publishing media. Media Entities clients range from top ten publishers to much smaller independents. Media Entities clients include, Scholastic, JS Wiley, WH Sadlier, McGraw Hill, Follett, Lloyds of London, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Meredith Hall’s first book, a memoir titled Without a Map (Beacon Press 2007) was a New York Times Best Seller, and was named Kirkus's Best Book of 2007, BookSense's Pick of the Year, and Elle magazine’s Reader’s Pick for 2007. Without a Map was also included on Oprah’s Top Ten Memoirs to Read list in 2009. Hall’s first essay won the 2005 Pushcart Prize and was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2005. She was awarded the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, and received the Maine Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Five Points, and many other journals and anthologies. Hall writes reviews for the Washington Post and Boston Globe. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire. Hall was the keynote speaker at Writers’ Day in 2009.
"...What in the vernacular is called the voice of the Muse is, in
reality, the dictate of language." ~ Joseph Brodsky
The imaginative vision possible through poetry exists not in the dressing up of ideas, feelings or events for which the poet tries to find words, but in the exploration of language "not merely a record, but a gesture always trying to escape itself, escape our human condition towards something universal." In this workshop, we will experiment with ways to generate poems using this principle--that is, starting anywhere, we will follow the language to new combinations and sounds, new inspiration, and to a more generous and generative method. You will leave this class with a new work-in-progress.
Deborah Brown’s book of poems, Walking the Dog’s Shadow, is the 2010 winner of the A. J. Poulin Jr. Award from BOA Editions, as well as New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry, 2011. Brown is a translator, with Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, of Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli and an editor, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, of Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics. Her poems have appeared in Margie, Rattle, the Alaska Quarterly, Stand, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Brown is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester, where she won an award for excellence in teaching.
This workshop will look at creating scenes that will ratchet up the young reader's attention, heighten intrigue, deepen your characters, and build your story. We will also be analyzing scenes of young adult literature, as well as clips from movies that relate to the young adult audience. And we will practice writing scenes that have all the right building blocks and ingredients for those teen readers.
Diane Les Becquets, director of the SNHU’s MFA program and associate professor of English, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “writer to watch” after her debut novel, The Stones of Mourning Creek (a YA Kirkus Star Review). Since then she has published two other novels: Love, Cajun Style (Bloomsbury, a Booklist Star Review) and Season of Ice (Bloomsbury), which was the recipient of a PEN American Fellowship. Other awards Les Becquets has received include BBYA Blue Ribbon Award, ALA Best Book of the Year, Foreward Independent Bookseller Gold Winner Book of the Year, Volunteer State Book Award Selection, and Garden State Book Award finalist. Her nonfiction essays have been published in Idaho Review, Amoskeag, and several anthologies. She has served as a judge for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and has taught writing workshops at venues across the country, including the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, the New Hampshire Writers' Project, the Department of Forestry, Writers Conference at Ocean Park, Writers in Paradise, the Arkansas Writers Festival, the Telluride Arts Organization, and shelters for Katrina victims.
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Session 2 (I-P)
2I: Fifty Shades of Genre Writing Panel (BANQUET HALL)
Genre writing sometimes gets a bum rap compared to “literary” works, but face it, everyone reads it, and it is oftentimes the most lucrative career path for serious writers. Whether your passion is for romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or pulp fiction, join an esteemed panel of writers and editors to learn more about the state of genre writing. Bring your questions, and discover why “genre” is not a four-letter word.
Rick Broussard has been a short order cook, managed communications for a prison ministry, operated a letterpress printing shop, helped build and run a family restaurant, shoveled giblets in a chicken processing plant and worked in the Gulf of Mexico on a drilling barge. His career in journalism began as a freelance writer and editor in Atlanta. As editor of New Hampshire Magazine for the past 19 years, he has interviewed presidents, rock stars, nationally famous writers and artists and hundreds of local authorities and characters. He is co-founder and the treasurer of the NH Theatre Awards and he's a co-founder and former chairman of the Building on Hope committee which oversaw the quarter-million-dollar restoration of an Easter Seals NH group home for boys in 2010. This year (2012) Building on Hope completed an even larger project for the Girls Inc. of Greater Manchester facility. Broussard is a charter board member of New Hampshire Made, Inc. and he sits on the New Energy Foundation board. He is a member of the board of advisers for the NH Humanities Council, an adviser for the Palace Theatre Trust and a member of the N.H. Travel Council, He also serves as entertainment chair for New Hampshire Magazine's annual Best of New Hampshire Party. On the side, he has been editing a series of anthologies of pulp fiction short stories all set in New Hampshire. The first one, titled Live Free or Undead, tapped into the horror genre while the second, Live Free or Die, Die, Die featured stories of murder and mystery. He's currently finishing up his selections for the third volume of the series titled Live Free or Sci-Fi. Broussard lives in a 200-year-old house in Concord with his wife and with three kids who come and go from various colleges. The family tends a large organic garden and a small flock of pampered suburban chickens.
Elaine Isaak dropped out of art school to found a sculpture business and to follow her bliss: writing. A graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, Elaine is the author of fantasy novels The Singer's Crown, The Eunuch's Heir, and The Bastard Queen and the epic novella Tales of Bladesend. Her short stories and articles have appeared in a variety of publications like Live Free or Undead and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Flush Fiction. A mother of two, Isaak works as a part-time rock-climbing instructor. She enjoys taiko (Japanese drumming), weaving, and exotic cooking—when she has the time! Visit www.ElaineIsaak.com to read sample chapters and find out why you do not want to be her hero.
James Patrick Kelly
Linda Landrigan is editor in chief of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Landrigan also edited the commemorative anthology Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense, published in 2006 by Pegasus Books. She graduated from New College in Sarasota, Florida, and received her master's degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her husband, John Landrigan, is a former NHWP board member.
Increasingly, today’s authors use social media to promote themselves and their work--without spending a dime. Join us as we demystify it all, sharing strategies for blogging, vlogging, Flickr, Twitter, podcasting, live video casting, YouTube, Skype, Facebook, and more. Learn the right tools and strategies to build buzz in your writing career.
John Herman is an artist, writer, teacher, and web adventurer. A go-to media guru, Herman serves as a media consultant, covering the wide range of topics in the intersection of technology and culture. He founded and hosts NH Media Makers. Recent speaking topics have included TEDx, live web streaming (for Boston University’s College of Communication), collaborative art on the Web (for Pecha Kucha), social media for writers (for NHWP’s annual Writers’ Day conference), and media literacy in the twenty-first century (for the Woods Hole Film Festival). Herman was the first NHWP Literary Flash winner and is a member of NHWP’s board.
People read fiction and nonfiction very differently--but how do we know the difference? What are the clues? Why does it matter? And how does a writer choose which direction--memoir or novel or story or essay--to go in? We'll roil around in the slippery subject of truth-telling and truth-disguising until we're exhausted.
Nicholson Baker is the author of ten novels and four works of nonfiction, including The Mezzanine, Vox, Human Smoke, House of Holes, and Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, and the New York Review of Books. A book of essays, The Way the World Works, was published in 2012. He lives with his family in Maine. Baker was the 2010 keynote speaker at Writers’ Day.
“You should write a book!” Maybe you’ve heard that for years. Maybe you’ve even begun to write your book. Maybe you’re realizing that book manuscripts get unwieldy, fast. One out of ten writers never finish their manuscript because most first-time book writers get lost without good structure and planning. Learn the key ingredients to build a successful book structure in any genre--memoir, fiction, or nonfiction--via a simple three-act system. Learn why Aristotle called it the “perfect structure” and why humans need a beginning, middle, and end for emotional catharsis. This simple and successful book-writing process can take your book idea to publication.
Mary Carroll Moore has helped over 2000 writers get to the finish line. Moore’s Your Book Starts Here won the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Award for People’s Choice; she is the author of twelve other published books in three genres and a PEN/Faulkner nominee. She has taught for NHWP, the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center near New York City. A former syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Moore has had over 200 of her essays, short stories, articles, and poems appear in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the United States. She was a McKnight Fellowship for Creative Prose finalist, and has won such competitions as Glimmer Train Press awards and the Loft Mentor Series.
You’ve just written the next DaVinci Code or Fifty Shades of Grey best seller. That was the easy part. If you don’t tell the world about it, those boxes of unsold books will become tomorrow’s bargain-bin dollar discounts at a flea market. What if you learned secret industry buzzwords that opened doors to free media coverage? Radio and TV broadcasters are always looking for great stories and colorful guests for their shows but they get inundated with requests for free publicity. WZID radio host and writer Mike Morin not only sells his writing but books authors for his New Hampshire in the Morning show on the state’s most listened-to station. He is one of very few people who works the process from both sides. Morin will share the systems to getting the attention of guys like him as well as demystify the whole publicity process. Several authors will be selected for short mock interviews to illustrate how to deliver a good interactive performance with a host.
Mike Morin has taken his four decades in broadcasting and put them into a new memoir called Fifty Shades of Radio: True Stories of a Morning Radio Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired (Plaidswede Publishing). Nine years ago, Morin also began writing humor columns for the Nashua Telegraph, New Hampshire Business Review, and New Hampshire Magazine. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. He’s been a TV weatherman and co-hosted a candlepin bowling TV show for nine years in New Hampshire and Boston. Along the way, his hundreds of celebrity interviews for radio and print include Presidents Obama and Clinton, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Heaton, Vanessa Williams, Paris Hilton, Robert B. Parker, dozens of Food Network celebrity chefs, and many others.
Joni B. Cole is the author of the acclaimed collection of personal essays, Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. Co-founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she also wrote Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive (“I can't imagine a better guide to [writing's] rewards and perils than this fine book,” American Book Review) and created the three-volume “This Day” series, including Water Cooler Diaries: Women across America Share Their Day at Work. Joni is a contributor to The Writer magazine, and a frequent presenter at writing conferences around the country. For more info: www.jonibcole.com.
New poems. One of the things that all poets, regardless of their working level, have in common is the need to generate new work. This session will include discussion, examples, and a quick exercise to jump-start the generative process. Feel free to bring examples of your own to share. The goal of this class is to provide the participants with ideas, tools, and exercises to generate drafts.
Maudelle Driskell, who is the executive director of the Frost Place, lives in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, awarded by Poetry magazine and the Modern Language Association. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, CAIRN, New Orleans Review, Cortland Review, Inch, All Shook Up, and The Made Thing among others. She is a past winner of the Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival, and she has been a featured reader at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, a reader in The Hyla Brook Series, and a featured reader of the New Hampshire Poetry Society. She was featured in Poets of The New Millennium at Vanderbilt University. Driskell has taught creative writing in the Emory University Extended Learning Program, Georgia State University, Clayton State College, and Darton College.
The best children’s books stay with us well into adulthood. Done well, they blend fantastical elements with the universal challenges that every child can relate to. This workshop will cover the topic of middle-grade and young adult fantasy, with an emphasis on tips, techniques and practical advice for creating works of fantasy that are timeless in their appeal. Topics will include voice, character development, world-building, how to not write “down” to your reader, and how to create a stand-alone novel with “series potential.” The workshop will also touch on the unique world of children’s literary agents and editors, and the special role of gatekeepers in the children’s market. Bring your dreams, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for the types of books that capture the hearts of kids and parents alike.
Paul J. Durham was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He works as an entertainment lawyer and has served as a trustee of the not-for-profit New Hampshire Writers Project, an organization that helps get unpublished authors published and published authors read. Durham now lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Please select ONE of the following salad or sandwich boxed lunches (you will be prompted during the registration process):
Cobb Salad: Strips of turkey breast, diced tomatoes, chopped hard boiled egg, diced celery, scallions, and bacon crumbles served over a bed of romaine lettuce with bleu cheese dressing. Includes pita bread, two freshly baked cookies, and a bottled water.
Greek Salad: Mixed Greens with tabbouleh, red pepper, and feta cheese. Includes pita bread, two freshly baked cookies, and a bottled water.
Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad Wrap: Julienne of grilled breast of chicken on a bed of romaine lettuce topped with croutons, grated parmesan cheese, and traditional caesar dressing. Includes pita bread, two freshly baked cookies, and a bottled water.
Turkey, Cheddar BLT Wrap: Turkey, bacon and cheddar with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato wrapped in a flour tortilla. Includes pasta salad, two freshly baked cookies, and a bottled water.
Sweet Beef on Ciabatta: Roast Beef, caramelized onions, leaf lettuce, and fresh tomato slices, finished with a dijon mayonnaise on ciabatta. Includes pasta salad, two freshly baked cookies, and a bottled water.
Roasted Veggie Club Sandwich: Roasted eggplant, zucchini and red peppers with fresh mozzarella and artichoke tapenade on ciabatta. Includes pasta salad, two freshly baked cookies, and a bottled water.
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Pitch or Networking
Choice of EITHER Pitch Sessions OR Networking.
David Corey has worked in the book-publishing industry for two decades, from editing and acquisitions to marketing, publicity, and sales, at such houses as W. W. Norton and Tuttle Publishing. A freelance writing and literature instructor, Corey is a graduate of Emerson College’s master’s program in writing, literature, and publishing. He teaches classes and seminars on both the craft and business of writing for Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Writers' Project. He is currently the director of marketing and sales for the University Press of New England in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Kermit Hummel is editorial director of the Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton that is located in Woodstock, Vermont. Prior to joining Countryman, Hummel ran divisions of HarperCollins Publishers and St. Martin’s Press in New York City.
Janet Silver, the Literary Director of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, brings more than thirty years of experience as an editor and publishing executive to her work as an agent. She joined ZSH after 25 years at the former Houghton Mifflin Company, where she was Vice President and Publisher. Silver's agency clients are award-winning writers of the highest caliber literary fiction and nonfiction, including memoir, biography, history, science, philosophy, and literature. In nonfiction, her clients include Cheryl Strayed, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. She also represents Brian Christian, author of The Most Human Human: What AI Teaches Us About Being Alive, which was named a "Best Book of the Year" by The New Yorker and featured on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and NPR's "Radiolab." Among the award-winning novelists Silver represents are Monique Truong, author of the acclaimed bestseller The Book of Salt and most recently Bitter in the Mouth; Michael Byers, author of the The Coast of Good Intentions, Long for This World, and Percival's Planet; and Christopher Castellani, whose third novel, All This Talk of Love, appears in 2013. Many writers on Silver's list have been featured in prestigious publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. Silver's clients benefit from both her extensive inside knowledge of the publishing process and her highly regarded, in-depth editorial insight. At Houghton Mifflin, she edited works by such celebrated authors as Philip Roth, Tim O'Brien, Cynthia Ozick, Jonathan Safran Foer, Anita Desai, and John Edgar Wideman, and she launched the careers of many acclaimed young writers, including Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl; and Jhumpa Lahiri, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. As publisher, Silver oversaw the release of such groundbreaking bestsellers as Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion and Jerome Groopman's How Doctors Think. Janet Silver holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago. She has lectured on the publishing industry nationwide and has been featured in Poets and Writers, Boston Magazine, and "The Emily Rooney Show" on WGBH TV. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the advisory board of Ploughshares magazine.
This year, we will be dividing the networking sessions according to the regions where we host Writers' Night Out events. This will give you the opportunity to meet and mingle with people in your area and also give you a taste of Writers' Night Out (sans vino, unfortunately :)). Please click the box and then select your region.
3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
4Q: Agents and Editors Panel (BANQUET HALL)
What does it take to get a book editor or literary agent’s attention? Should you be considering self-publishing? A small press? What is a book auction? In this Q&A session, you will get tips about the publishing industry from the ones in the know. Gain insights into the changing world of publishing and learn what is on the minds of your fellow writers. Bring your questions! Panelists: Rick Broussard, Ann Collette, Kermit Hummel, and Janet Silver.
Books and maps have a longstanding kinship with each other, from Robinson Crusoe's frontispiece to Jorge Luis Borges's map that expands to become as sprawling and chaotic as the territory of which it was intended to make sense. In this session, we'll fling our GPS systems out the window and take a fresh look at maps as a form of storytelling, as well as versatile storytelling devices. Moreover, we'll become amateur cartographers, probing into our own works of fiction or memoir till we've discovered uncharted territory and begun to survey the jagged emotional topographies of our characters' lives and our own.
Tim Horvath is the author of the collection Understories (Bellevue Literary Press), and Circulation, a novella that contains maps (sunnyoutside press). His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Conjunctions, Fiction, Alimentum, and New South, and he is an editor himself for Camera Obscura, which Library Journal selected as one of the ten best journals of 2010. He has received a Yaddo Fellowship, won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award, and teaches in the BFA Program in Creative Writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Grub Street. His website is www.timhorvath.com.
Let's talk about art for art's sake. Let's explore the idea that what we find true is what we also find beautiful, and vice versa. After all, fiction is true; it is imaginative truth, which is often enough more powerful than mere fact. We'll have an open discussion about the implications of the premises that when we sit down to make fiction, we are sitting down to write sentences that are true, and when we write sentences that are true, we write sentences that are also therefore beautiful.
Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His second novel, Enon, will be published in September of 2013 by Random House. Harding was the 2011 keynote speaker at Writers’ Day.
Ten minute plays are simpler to present than full-length works, involve less risk for their producing organizations, and offer a great opportunity for dramatists to get their plays up on their feet and in front of audiences. Trouble is, they're not any easier to write. A good ten-minute play has all of the elements of a longer piece, only compressed into ten short pages. Where to begin? This program will help you to understand how everyday human interactions are ripe for dramatization: the session will also offer some helpful pointers on structuring your play, developing characters quickly and making your dialogue sparkle. Attendees will leave with the beginnings of a new ten-minute play, a sharpened understanding of dramatic writing and new insight into their own creative process.
Robert Macadaeg is a New Hampshire-based playwright. His plays have been produced from Boston to California and in-between. His ten-minute play Woozy Woo was produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and later published in its anthology 30 Ten Minute Plays for 2 Actors. In 2012, his ninety-minute two-hander Arlington received a Spotlight Award from the Portsmouth Herald for best original script. Macadaeg studied journalism at the University of Michigan and later earned an MFA in Playwriting at Brandeis University.
Whether an author is determined to land a deal with a major trade publishing house, or if he or she has the entrepreneurial spirit to go it alone in the world of self-publishing, often the secret to success is a "writer's platform." Writer's platform refers to the specific contacts, affiliations, expertise, forums, and pre-existing audiences an author has at her/his disposal. And nowadays, a well-defined writer's platform can be the difference between getting published or having a manuscript turned down. For celebrities, best-selling authors, and known experts in a particular field, the writer's platform is defined by their position. However, for most writers--both established and aspiring--the platform must be built. Topics covered will include understanding the role of social media, identifying and building an audience, networking, crafting your message, maintaining professional contacts and calling in favors when the time comes, and developing a willingness to become your own best publicist.
Mary Johnson is the author of An Unquenchable Thirst, named one of the best nonfiction books of 2011 by Kirkus Review. At age nineteen, Johnson joined the Missionaries of Charity, also known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. During her twenty years as a sister, Johnson spent fifteen of those stationed in Rome, where she lived and worked with Mother Teresa. After leaving the sisters in 1997, she completed a BA in English at Lamar University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. Johnson's work has been widely featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Salon.com, Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, National Public Radio, and The Rosie Show, among others. Johnson blogs for the Huffington Post and serves as creative director of retreats for A Room of Her Own Foundation.
Free verse makes its appeal not only to the ear but to the eye. It is a post-Gutenberg invention that depends on the distribution of words on the page. Their placement is at the center of a poet's craft, determining the poem's meaning. Through verse models and class exercises, we will examine the connection between line-breaking and vocal tone, the visual interplay of the line and the sentence, and the implications of a poem's shape. Our main consideration will be how to make a poem look like what it says.
U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has called Wesley McNair “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” The author of nine volumes of poems, including Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems, he has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA fellowships, and four honorary degrees for literary distinction. In 2006 McNair was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000 as one of “America’s finest living artists.” Other honors include the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, an Emmy Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal. He was recently invited for the second time to read his poetry at the Library of Congress, and he has served four times on the nominating committee for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. McNair's latest book, his nineteenth, is The Words I Chose, a memoir telling the story of how he became a poet. McNair was the keynote speaker at Writers’ Day in 2008.
Hint: Once again, it comes back to voice. Bring three to five very short statements of a book idea. For example: “Seven children pull a big sled up an icy hill and slide down.” We’ll write to explore those ideas and see how each of our special, particular, peculiar and marvelous voices not only make the story our own but make it work for young readers. Bring, also, your questions about the publishing process, and we’ll pool our knowledge.
Rebecca Rule’s tenth book and first picture book is The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! Her other books include Moved and Seconded: New Hampshire Town Meeting, Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire, and Headin’ for the Rhubarb: A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda). Rule was a former keynote speaker at Writers' Day.
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Literary Flash: Three Minutes to Fame Final (BANQUET HALL)
Don’t miss this excellent learning experience. Watch the regional flash-fiction winners compete for the crown of 2013 Literary Flash Champion, and listen to the insightful, brilliant, and oftentimes witty feedback from the judges. This is a unique and entertaining end to a wonderful day! The judges are Joni B. Cole, James Patrick Kelly, and Rebecca Rule.