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New to our Conference this year is our offering of four extended and interactive workshops, 2-hours each. The workshops will be on the following topics: Flash Fiction, Nonfiction/Fiction, Social Media, and Memoir.

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SKYE BLAINE
Doing the Hard Work of Writing Memoir

GRANT
FAULKNER
The Art of Brevity

FRANCES CABALLO
1. Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day
2. How to Rock Social Media

REBECCA LAWTON
The Brilliant Narrator: Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction the Storyteller’s Way

You have the following choices on how to plan your day if you are interested in a workshop.

1)      Attend one 2-hour workshop in the morning and two general sessions in the afternoon;

2)      Attend two general sessions in the morning and one 2-hour workshop in the afternoon; or

3)      Attend two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and no general sessions.

Of course, you may decide not to attend any of the workshops and instead attend four general sessions throughout the day.

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EXTENDED WORKSHOPS

10:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

The Art of Brevity

In flash fiction, the whole is a part and the part is a whole. The form forces the writer to question each word, to reckon with Flaubert's mot juste, and move a story by hints and implications. Flash stories are built through gaps as much as the connective tissue of words, so what's left out of a story is often more important than what's included. A single sentence can serve the function that a paragraph or even a chapter might in a longer work.

In this workshop, Grant Faulkner, co-founder of 100 Word Story and San Francisco's Flash Fiction Collective, will discuss how a different type of creativity emerges within a hard compositional limit. Come prepared to write short pieces and explore the expansiveness of succinctness.

Faulkner

GRANT FAULKNER

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and the Los Angeles Review. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He recently published a book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. He's also published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, two of which are included in The Best Small Fictions 2016.

Grant has presented at events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Associated Writing Programs Conference, Book Expo America, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Oakland Book Festival, the Bay Area Book Festival, Poets & Writers Live, the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Commonwealth Club, the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, Writers Digest West, the Porchlight storytelling series, Litquake, Lit Crawl, the Mendocino Writers Conference, and the Arizona State Library Association’s YA Summit.

Additionally, Grant is co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, a member of the Oakland Book Festival’s Literary Council, a member of the National Writing Project Writers Council, and a member of Lit Camp’s Advisory Council.

Becca Lawton

REBECCA LAWTON

Rebecca Lawton is an award-winning writer, fluvial geologist, and former Colorado River guide. She is the author and co-author of seven books and has published in Aeon, Brevity, Hakai, Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, Undark, and many other journals. Her collection of creative nonfiction, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller.

10:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

The Brilliant Narrator: Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction the Storyteller’s Way

In this workshop, we’ll borrow techniques from our favorite fiction writers to craft our own compelling fiction and creative nonfiction. We’ll read sample stories that sizzle, talk about what draws us in, and write pieces of our own. Bring a work in progress or start something new. All levels and genres welcome.

2:50 - 5 p.m.

Doing the Hard Work of Writing Memoir

Facing our past may not be easy. Putting it down on paper is harder still. And honing our work so that it moves and touches others is a mighty task. And yet, this work is fruitful and gratifying. Healing, even. 

We must undertake excavation, dusting each remnant, then mining other memories to snuggle alongside. We aren't simply recalling facts: we need to frame each scene so readers cannot set the memoir down. We must face our vulnerabilities and then expose those to readers. Where are we strong? Where are we weak? Bring your courage and curiosity. Let’s play!

Skye Blaine

SKYE BLAINE

Skye Blaine writes memoir, fiction, poetry, and blogs, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2003. Her novel, Unleashed, was just released.

Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, published in 2015, has won three prizes. She is included in seven anthologies, and in national magazines: “Yes” and “Catalyst.” She teaches creative writing to older adults as Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty.

Frances-Caballo

FRANCES CABALLO

Frances Caballo is an author and social media manager for writers. She’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, and a blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written six social media books for authors including, Social Media Just for Writers and The Author's Guide to Goodreads: How to Engage with Readers and Market Your Books. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, and finding new readers. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences.

2:50 - 5 p.m.

1. Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day, and 2. How to Rock Social Media

Authors often complain that they don’t have time for social media. Once you turn to the Internet, it’s easy to lose track of time as you read your friends’ posts, check on who’s following you on Twitter, or leave a comment or two in one of your LinkedIn Groups. In this session, Frances Caballo will bust the myth that social media has to be a time-consuming endeavor. She will share her four-step strategy that will help you to economize your time while enabling you to meet your marketing goals. In this session you will:

• Learn about the applications and websites that will find great information for you.
• Find a scheduling application that fits your budget.
• Learn the basic principles of social sharing.
• Discover applications that will analyze your results for you.
• Learn how to elevate your conversation on the social web.

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