Writer's Retreat Agenda

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Saturday, February 9 from 10:30am - 4:30pm

10:30-11:20 Jason Heller, Nonfiction and Truth
Nonfiction seeks to reveal deeper truths about our world and ourselves. How do essays and memoirs work as both expressions of the truth and stories that are allowed artistic license?

11:30-12:20 Mario Acevedo, Short Story or Novel?
Fiction is malleable, remarkable able to be stretched or compressed to fit the size of the idea behind it. Is your idea best suited for a short story or a novel—or something in between?

12:20-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:20 Amanda Eike Koehler, Editors and Submissions
Submitting work to editors can be one of the most intimidating aspects of getting published. What should you know about editors, how they work, and what they’re looking for—and how do you make the best impression?

2:30-3:20 Molly Tanzer, Telling Stories in the Past
Setting stories in the past, whether recent or distant, is one of the most popular kinds of fiction. How do writers research, illuminate, and immerse the reader in another era by using historical fiction?

3:30-4:30 Q&A Session
Jason Heller, Mario Acevedo, Amanda Eike Koehler, and Molly Tanzer

Sunday, February 10 from 1:30pm - 5:15pm

1:30-2:20 R. Alan Brooks, Why Comics?
Comic books and graphic novels have taken their place as one the most exciting literary forms. Why should you consider telling your story, be it fiction or nonfiction, in the medium of sequential art?

2:30-3:20 Carrie Vaughn, Writing for Young Adults
Books for young adults have become universally read in the past few years. What does it take to craft stories that successfully feature teenage protagonists and situations? 

3:30-4:20 Stephen Graham Jones, Writing in the Dark
Horror, crime, suspense, and dark fantasy stories have been a staple of literature for centuries. How can we utilize the negativity of the world around us, and inside us, to make positively chilling fiction?

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