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Half-Day Workshops: Spring Conference 2008
Saturday, April 26

To register for separate morning and afternoon classes, choose from among the half-day sessions listed below. Select one class for the morning session, and another for the afternoon session.

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Morning Classes, 9:00 - 10:30 am (choose one)

FICTION WORKSHOP: Cart and Horse: A Discussion of Plot and Character in Fiction, with Travis Mulhauser

David Huddle wrote that of all the elements of fiction, "character is the company of other human beings, the experience of living." Clearly no blueprint exists for creating the next Holden Caulfield, but in this workshop we'll discuss and apply techniques that can help you build characters that will ultimately drive your fiction.

PUBLISHING WORKSHOP: The Writer/Author Divide, with Ed Southern

Writers have to be comfortable with solitude in order to write. Authors have to be comfortable with crowds at book signings and other public events. How does one person play both roles?

POETRY WORKSHOP: Our Daily Bread: Writing a Manuscript One Poem at a Time, with Anjail Rashida Ahmad


I tell my writing students that there is no such thing as writer’s block unless we choose to give in to it by not writing. So if the muse is no longer stopping by, what can we do to conjure her creative stream? The cure: build your manuscript by writing one poem a day. In this workshop we will explore methods for keeping the pen moving even when you might not feel inspired. You will go away with the means to generate enough new material for a collection of poems by building on what we begin here.It has been said that our willingness to write anything can lead to the creation of great poetry.


Publisher Panel, 10:45 - 12:15 pm

PUBLISHER PANEL, with Ed Southern (moderator), former vice president for sales and marketing, John F. Blair, Publishers


Lunch with an Author:, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch on your own OR "Lunch With an Author": A new chance for the Network to network. From 8 - 9 am, registrants can sign up to join a group of no more than 10 who will take one of our faculty members out to lunch for some good company and informal conversation. Participants will split the cost of their author's lunch, as well as paying for their own meal.

Afternoon Classes, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (choose one)

FICTION WORKSHOP: The Craft of Fiction, with Craig Nova *This class is full


The Craft of Fiction will cover structure, language, character, plot, and other elements. The emphasis will be on using these items as tools to discover what it is the author wants to say and how to make a story better.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Lose Your Mind, Come To Your Senses, with Mark Smith-Soto

Nothing diminishes the impact of our words more than the presentation of ideas, attitudes and expressions of emotion that are not rooted in the immediacy of sensory impressions. In this workshop, we will explore ways to infuse the breath of life into the language of our poetry.



This workshop will include a discussion of the range of the genre, examples of ways creative nonfiction can be structured, and such issues as truth and fiction in creative nonfiction. It will also include suggestions for reading and an in-workshop writing exercise.

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