Schedule of Events for the
Thirteenth Annual North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Descriptions of the workshops are given below


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Pre-Conference Manuscript Critiques — Not Open to the General Public
      4:00-5:00pm   For those attendees who, in advance, have submitted manuscripts and paid for critiques, twenty-minute, one-on-one critique sessions will take place between 4:00 and 5:00pm (see details of this opportunity). All other attendees should plan on arriving at the conference at about 5:30pm.
       
Conference Begins at 5:30pm
  5:30pm   Attendee registration
  6:00   Welcome
  6:05   Panel Discussion (All Presenters): Collaboration and Community
  7:00   Readings by Rebecca Lawton, Zara Raab and Jim Dodge followed by Q & A

 


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

Catered Lunch
      8:15am   Registration and continental breakfast
  8:45   Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Jean Hegland
  9:30   Break
 
  9:45-11:15   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(A) Rebecca Lawton (B) Zara Raab (C) Julie Crabtree (D) Jim Dodge
Conflict: Adding Tension to Every Page The Sonnet under the Table: Revising for Form Finding Flow: Unlocking the Story and Finding the Words to Tell Truth's Consequences: Writing in the Fourth Genre
 
  11:30am-1:00pm   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(E) Julie Crabtree (F) Kim Wyatt (G) Rebecca Lawton (H) Jean Hegland
From Frustration to Publication Long Story Short: Writing Flash Fiction and Micro Essays Nature: Make It Yours Some Perspectives on Point of View
 
  1:00-2:00   Break for Catered Lunch
 
  2:00-3:30   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(J) Jean Hegland (K) Kim Wyatt (M) Zara Raab
How to Create and Maintain a Successful Writers' Group Publishing 101 for Writers Reading and Writing from the Book of Yourself
 
  3:40-4:30   Open Mic (by sign-up; first come, first served; original work; 5-minute limit)
 
  4:30-5:00   Book Sales and Wrap-up

 


Descriptions of the Workshops

Jean Hegland, Keynote Speaker
H) Some Perspectives on Point of View
Point of view is a significant aspect of every sentence in any story. We will examine the relative merits and pitfalls of various points of view, discuss how to choose the best point of view for a particular story, and experiment with how to use that point of view. (Somewhat hands-on)

J) How to Create and Maintain a Successful Writers’ Group
In this workshop, we will discuss the logistical details and practical decisions involved in joining or forming the writers’ group that is right for you. We will practice effective strategies for responding to other writers’ work in valuable ways. (Somewhat hands-on)

Julie Crabtree
C) Finding Flow: Unlocking the Story and Finding the Words to Tell
In this workshop we will discuss writer’s flow as a mental state and how it can help overcome writer’s block and inspire creativity. Attendees will participate in a spontaneous writing exercise to create an extemporary short story. (Somewhat hands-on)

E) From Frustration to Publication
We will focus on the author’s journey to become a published writer and the ups and downs along the way. This journey will resonate with aspiring writers and allow the would-be writer to draw a renewed sense of faith in self and the power of persistence. Includes Q&A. (Not hands-on)

Jim Dodge
D) Truth's Consequences: Writing in the Fourth Genre
Get started on a piece of your own while discovering more about Creative Non-Fiction: not just a form of memoir, it is actually amenable to all story telling that derives its particular power of charm from the realms of verifiable facts and sources. (Somewhat hands-on)

Rebecca Lawton
A) Conflict: Adding Tension to Every Page
We will review the work of masters of the page-turner, learn techniques to add our own conflict without changing our story line, and come away with prescriptions for writing the break-out, conflict-filled work. (Somewhat hands-on)

G) Nature: Make It Yours
Join this workshop to study how the best nature writers use their powers of observation, a light hand, and fresh metaphor to bring this inspirational part of our world into a story. We will also be writing some of our own details, utilizing the eight essential aspects of story. (Mostly hands-on)

Zara Raab
B) The Sonnet under the Table: Revising for Form
We will revise a poem paying special attention to metrics and word music, formal properties of verse and the varieties and purposes of rhyme. Students may bring in a poem in draft form, or write something in class. (Somewhat hands-on)

M) Reading and Writing from the Book of Yourself
Participants will be guided through meditation to contact their inner sensations, thoughts, and feelings in an effort to steer their writing away from ideology and toward their own lyric experiences. This experience will culminate with writing prose or a poem. (Mostly hands-on)

Kim Wyatt
F) Long Story Short: Writing Flash Fiction and Micro Essays
Also called smoke-longs, sudden fiction, and palm-size stories, short forms have captured attention. In this session, we’ll experiment with brevity, examples of inventive shorts, we’ll discuss craft elements and then, using prompts, we’ll write. (Mostly hands-on)

K) Publishing 101 for Writers
Although the publishing landscape is shifting, some things don’t change. We will discuss what you need to know to begin submitting your work, identifying your target market, writing a query letter that will get you noticed, preparing your manuscript, and avoiding common mistakes. (Somewhat hands-on)


To register for the 2013 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference,
including specifying which workshops (above) that you'll attend,
please proceed to the Registration Form, print it out, complete it and mail it to us.

 

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South Fork of the Smith River (from Steven Memorial Bridge) - image courtesy J.M.Renner
South Fork of the Smith River (from Steven Memorial Bridge) - image courtesy J.M.Renner