2018 Other Words Writing Workshops
"Eventually You Have to Cross Some River"
In this workshop we will explore water as metaphor, for cleansing, for transition, for motion and time. Travel writing and water has always been closely linked, whether it be through the writings of Joseph Conrad, Paul Thereux, or Mark Twain. The very basic concept of "crossing over" or "riding it out" is explored in our own writing and the use of the journey theme.
Participants should bring a few pages of original work in which the character experiences some epiphany, some internal transition. We will explore the relationship between travel, transition, and renaissance.
Bob Kunzinger is the author of eight volumes of essays, most of which surround his travels. His work has been published in a variety of publications including the Washington Post, World War Two History, St Anthony Messenger, Kestrel, Southern Humanities Review, Matador Review, and many more. Several of his essays have been noted by Best American Essays and he is currently at work on a book of essays about crossing Siberia with his son. And, yes, there was a flood while they were there. Water plays a prominent part in Bob's writing and life.
He is a professor of arts and humanities in Virginia and lives along the Chesapeake Bay.
Pablo Cartaya--YA Fiction
Writing the Y/A Book
Writing for children and young adults is one of the great fields of literature. When done well, it has the potential to reach a wide audience and extend far beyond a publication date. But writing in this field is difficult. Nuances must be adhered to. Authenticity respected. This 75-minute workshop will aim to demystify some of the rules of the field, highlight the dearth of novels out there, and give writing prompts to channel the writer's inner youth. Wizards, Aliens, and warlock stories are certainly welcomed but we're also looking for writers hoping to write contemporary stories of teens trying to make their way through a complicated and sometimes difficult world. In any case, come prepared to write.
Pablo Cartaya is an Award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator. He is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and the forthcoming Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. His next two novels will debut on the new Kokila Penguin/Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults. Pablo has acted on stage and television (notably co-starring on NBC’s "Will & Grace") and frequently gives talks around the country on writing, reading, and multilingualism. Awards and Honors include: American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honor, American Booksellers Association E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist, Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade Audiobook of the Year (for narration and title), Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start, and the 2018 Thurber House Writer-in-Residence. Visit him at: pablocartaya.com / Twitter: @phcartaya
Beginnings, Middles, Ends. Or is it the other way around?
This workshop focuses on the old adage "Start with an image" to explore the energies of beginnings and endings and the stuff in the middle. Participants will generate new work and discuss the strategies of metaphor, the emotional depth of images, and the energies of leaving and approaching a lyric image.
Gerry LaFemina’s latest book is the poetry collection The Story of Ash (Anhinga Press.) He is also the author of a novel, a collection of short stories, and numerous award-winning collections of poetry, including The Parakeets of Brooklyn, Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist (prose poems), Vanishing Horizon, and Little Heretic. His collection of essays on poets and prosody, Palpable Magic, came out in 2015 from Stephen F Austin University Press and his textbook, Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically is out this year from Kendall Hunt. He teaches at Frostburg State University and serves as a Poetry Mentor in the MFA Program at Carlow University.
Fiction Workshop, "How To Write A Killer Ending"
Feeling stuck in the middle of a story? This workshop investigates the art of narrative subversion in short fiction, a plotting technique which has been used by short story writers from Ernest Hemingway and Flannery O'Connor to Junot Diaz, ZZ Packer, and Colum McCann. Bring with you a completed short story, an outline, or even just an idea--and something to write on or with. Join us and discover how to re-think the destinations of your fiction.
Jessica Anthony is the author of The Convalescent (McSweeney’s/Grove), an ALA Adult Notable Book and Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and Chopsticks (Penguin/Razorbill), a multimedia novel created in collaboration with designer Rodrigo Corral. Chopsticks, called a “21st Century Novel” by the Los Angeles Times, was an Amazon Book of the Month and won App of the Year. Anthony’s short stories can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, The Idaho Review, and elsewhere. She has recently received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation for Innovative Literature, the Bogliasco Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission, and teaches for the University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA program.