Literary Conference

“The Workshop Edition”

April 15 and 16, 2021

Location:
Goodstein Foundation Library, rooms 215A and 215B

The Workshop Edition

Featuring

  • Matt Daly
  • Alyson Hagy
  • Lori Howe
  • Dave Zoby

Schedule

Thursday, April 15

9 a.m.-noon

POETRY — “WRITING FROM OUR LIVED EXPERIENCE” — LORI HOWE

  • Location: Room 215A, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • In this three-hour workshop, participants may choose among poems by James Scott Smith, Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, and Wendell Berry. Each of these poems is the foundation for a prompt inviting participants to write their own poem “after” the original poet and poem. This scaffolding offers participants the chance to dive into writing a poem by providing a nonintrusive structure to follow as closely or loosely as each poet desires. In the first hour, we read and discuss; in the second hour, we write; and in the third hour, we read and workshop, offering each other substantive feedback.
9:30 a.m.-noon

FICTION — “TALKING & LISTENING: HOW TO STRENGTHEN DIALOGUE IN FICTION” — ALYSON HAGY

  • Location: Room 215B, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Writers tend to think of good dialogue as a snappy, focused ping-pong match where two or more characters share the stage equally. But what if the best dialogue in fiction is actually structured around listening rather than talking? In this class, we’ll put that idea to the test with exercises and discussion.
1:30-3:15 and 3:30-4:45 p.m.

POETRY — “REFLECTION AND RESILIENCE: WRITING PRACTICES FOR CLINICIANS” — MATT DALY

  • Location: Room 215, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • In this two-part workshop, Matt Daly leads participants through a series of writing activities he developed and taught for the Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program. This workshop combines several reflective and creative writing techniques to develop empathic relationships with patients. Through reflections, writing, and reading, participants will learn how the intimacy of journal/diary writing and the craft of making poems work to create an environment where people heal.

Friday, April 16

9:30 a.m.-noon

FICTION — “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO WRITE A GREAT FIRST CHAPTER FOR YOUR NOVEL” — ALYSON HAGY

  • Location: Room 215B, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • For most of us, it’s easier to begin a novel than finish one. This workshop will focus on exercises designed to help writers organize just what they need when it comes to character, plot, and setting to structure a first chapter that will keep readers turning the pages, and provide momentum for a completed first draft.
10 a.m.-noon

NONFICTION — “FINDING YOUR WAY, SHAPING YOUR VOICE” — DAVE ZOBY

  • Location: Room 215A, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Dave Zoby will lead a two-hour workshop that deals with creating your own voice in your writing. He will discuss how a writer evolves their voice and creates a unique style in their nonfiction. Deciding what you want to write, and where you want to publish, will be discussed. There will be a short reading of David Foster Wallace’s “Consider the Lobster,” provided by the instructor, and an opportunity to write some original prose.
1-4 p.m.

POETRY — “THE CADRALOR” — LORI HOWE

  • Location: Room 215B, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Notes on the new poetic form, the cadralor:
    • The cadralor is an image-based, nonnarrative poem consisting of five numbered, contextually unrelated stanzas, each of which: a) is ten lines or fewer; b) constrains itself to the same number of lines as the other stanzas; and c) can stand on its own as a full, successful poem. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, illuminating the gleaming thread that runs through the other stanzas and bringing them together as a kind of love poem. By “love poem,” we mean that the gleaming thread answers the compelling question, “for what do you yearn?” Optional: To get a sense of the form and read sample poems in advance, please visit https://gleampoets.org and explore the inaugural issue of Gleam: Journal of the Cadralor.
    • In this three-hour workshop Howe, co-creator of the cadralor, will have participants read and discuss cadralor poems, write cadralor stanzas, and collaborate with other participants to bring individual stanzas together to embody the poetic form. As a cadralor is, essentially, five short, contextually unrelated poems, the process of writing individual stanzas and collaboratively combining them helps to illuminate the crafting of a successful cadralor, and demonstrates how the thread of yearning creates epiphany. In the first hour, we read and discuss; in the second hour, we write; and in the third hour, we combine stanzas to create free-standing cadralore and enjoy a reading.
2-4 p.m.

NONFICTION — “DEEP MEMOIR: GOING BEYOND THE USUAL” — DAVE ZOBY

  • Location: Room 215A, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Memoir writing requires the author to be honest with the audience, and honest with the intent of the piece. Zoby will lead a two-hour workshop that discusses the difference between an average memoir, and one that goes beyond the expected. He will discuss the “fourth genre,” creative nonfiction, and talk about some of his experiences with writing in this form. Students encounter short readings, an excerpt or short essay by Joan Didion, and have an opportunity to write at the end of the class.

Contact Us

Cara Rodriguez

conference director