2019 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

                     Sunday, June 23

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Daugherty-Palmer Commons

Check-in

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Daugherty-Palmer Commons

Dinner with your workshop participants and faculty mentors

7:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Daugherty-Palmer Commons

Welcome

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Daugherty-Palmer Commons

Lecture: Patricia Henley

Establishing a Writing Habit

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

River Center

Social Time


                     Monday, June 24

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Great Room

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Campus Center 226

Teachers’ Pedagogy Session (Teachers only, or by permission)

9:45 Am - 10:45 AM

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Craft Talk: Liz Arnold

“Fact and Feeling: Strategies Toward a Disciplined Lyric”

Lyric poetry is not pure lyricism. It’s a mix of many ways of speaking, ranging from near-prose to near-song, each level of intensity of language enhancing the power of the others. How to manage these various ways of speaking and their interactions will be the focus of this talk. Poets discussed will include Louise Glück, Emily Dickinson, George Oppen, and Frank Bidart.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Lecture: Crystal Brandt

“What Makes a Song Great?”

We’ve all been there: a music-loving friend guarantees that you will absolutely love their new favorite song as much as they do. Just listen to it, they say, cueing it up. What happens next — love, hate, ambivalence, or indifference — is the subject of this craft lecture. We’ll look at the space between the songwriter’s intention and the listener’s reception as we explore what makes a song great, how and why greatness happens, and who gets to decide.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Great Room

Lunch

1:15 PM

VARIOUS LOCATIONS (see below to find your workshop)

Workshops Begin

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Kent Hall 316

Fiction, Matt Burgess

This workshop will be descriptive rather than prescriptive. You will not have a group of people telling you how to rewrite your story. Instead, we will describe how your story is working—focusing on basic elements of narrative craft such as plot structures, characterization, and point-of-view—so that you can make your own best decisions on how to revise. We will also conduct short, in-class writing exercises designed to stretch your creative muscles, make you more comfortable with experimentation, and serve as raw material for future stories.

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Kent Hall 212

Fiction, Patricia Henley

Writing the Memorable Short Story

This workshop is about possibilities and choices short story writers make. You may bring a draft of a story already written or you may come with only an idea for a story. In early drafts, everything you write should feel malleable. We will focus on how to use the tools of craft—point-of-view, sensory description, character development, your sense of place, and structure--to make your story publishable and unforgettable.

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Kent Hall 317

Creative Nonfiction, Jeannie Vanasco

This workshop will be a supportive discussion and examination of participants’ writing, as well as an exploration of some of the major forms and styles within the genre.

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Anne Arundel N204

Songwriting, Crystal Brandt

Combine lyrics, melody, and performance and you’ve got a song. Add style, heart, and unity — all of those elements working together — and you’ve got the makings of a great song. In this workshop, we will work towards the latter by sharing original songs in a supportive and constructive space, listening for and reflecting on the poetry that lives between the words and music, and participating in exercises that will invigorate and sustain your individual songwriting practice. What can our favorite songs teach us about our own skill and effort, craft and connection? How can we use that information to build songs that preserve the integrity and energy of inspiration while fine-tuning structure and technique? Is there really a secret chord? We’ll explore these questions and more. All skill levels, voices, and genres welcome.  

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Anne Arundel N104

Poetry, Liz Arnold

In this workshop, you will read other students' poems as well as poems by past and present masters from a short anthology I will provide. The conversation will span centuries as student work is discussed in the context of the best poetry that's been written. You will learn how to make choices for your poems, and how revision is an ongoing process. You will write in a handful of forms in the evenings, and these newer poems will be discussed as well as poems you bring with you to the conference. My hope is that you will leave the workshop with a fuller appreciation of the possibilities for your writing than you had on entering it.

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

River Center Seminar Room

Youth Workshop, Matthew Henry Hall

In this workshop, high school aged conference attendees will explore poetry, fiction, personal narrative, and playwriting. Students will read and write in traditional forms such as sonnets, villanelles, short stories, standard memoirs, and plays as well as read and use less traditional forms and techniques— prose poems, automatic writing, cut-ups, magical realism and first-person journalism as well as writing scripts for television, movies, and graphic novels. This workshop’s fast-paced and wide-ranging literary tour will help young adult writers discover the literature, which truly inspire their lives and writing.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Great Room

 

Dinner

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Faculty Reading:

Nadeem Zaman

Jerry Gabriel

Jeannie Vanasco

Patricia Henley

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

River Center

Social Time


                 Tuesday, June 25

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Great Room

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Campus Center 226

Teachers’ Pedagogy Session (Teachers only, or by permission)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Craft Talk: Matt Burgess

“How to Plot a Novel”

As a group, over the course of an hour, with much second-guessing and argument, we will plot an original novel from start to finish.

11:00 AM - Noon

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Craft Talk: Nadeem Zaman

“Conflict Makes The Story”

The heartbeat and lifeblood of stories is conflict. Conflict comes in several forms. Conflicts can be external, conflicts can be internal. Conflicts are part of our everyday existence. So it is with fiction; in the case of this craft talk short fiction (although the methods may just as easily be applied to longer works). Whether conflicts manifest in a shouting match at a family gathering, burrow deep in our consciousness and create inner struggles of conscience, or cause irreconcilable strife between partners, the stories of our lives are rich with conflict.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Great Room

Lunch

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Workshops Begin

Kent 316

Kent 212

Kent 317

River Center Seminar Room

Anne Arundel N204

Anne Arundel N104

Fiction, Matt Burgess

Fiction, Patricia Henley

Creative Nonfiction, Jeannie Vanasco

Youth Workshop, Matthew Henry Hall

Songwriting, Crystal Brandt

Poetry, Liz Arnold

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Great Room

Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Blackistone Room

Participant Reading

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

River Center

Social Time

 


                     Wednesday, June 26

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Great Room

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Campus Center 226

Teachers’ Pedagogy Session (Teachers only, or by permission)

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Workshops Begin

Kent 316

Kent 212

Kent 317

River Center Seminar Room

Anne Arundel N204

Anne Arundel N104

Fiction, Matt Burgess

Fiction, Patricia Henley

Creative Nonfiction, Jeannie Vanasco

Youth Workshop, Matthew Henry Hall

Songwriting, Crystal Brandt

Poetry, Liz Arnold

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Great Room

Lunch

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free Time/Excursions

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Great Room

Dinner

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Blackistone Room,

Anne Arundel Hall

Faculty Reading

Liz Arnold

Matt Burgess

Crystal Brandt

Matthew Henry Hall

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

River Center

Social Time

 


                   Thursday, June 27

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Great Room

Breakfast

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Cole Cinema

Publishing Panel Discussion

Lea Beresford, senior editor at Bloomsbury

Susanna Einstein, agent at Einstein Literary Management

Mark Drew, editor at the Gettysburg Review 

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Aldom Lounge

Publishing Meetings

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Campus Center 226

Teachers’ Pedagogy Session (Teachers only, or by permission)

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Great Room

Lunch

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Workshops Begin

Kent 316

Kent 212

Kent 317

River Center Seminar Room

Anne Arundel N204

Anne Arundel N104

Fiction, Matt Burgess

Fiction, Patricia Henley

Creative Nonfiction, Jeannie Vanasco

Youth Workshop, Matthew Henry Hall

Songwriting, Crystal Brandt

Poetry, Liz Arnold

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Great Room

Dinner

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Blackistone Room,

Anne Arundel Hall

Craft Talk, Jeannie Vanasco

“Experimenting with Metanarratives in Creative Nonfiction”

When and how do we describe our writing process within our writing? When fiction writers do it, their works are usually referred to as metafictions and postmodern. But in nonfiction, “meta-ness” is basically just reflection or “telling.” In this seminar, we’ll examine nonfiction works—from memoiristic to journalistic—that refer to their own making. We'll also experiment with writing about our own works in progress.

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

River Center

Social Time

 


                    Friday, June 28

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Great Room

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Campus Center 226

Teachers’ Pedagogy Session (Teachers only, or by permission)

9:45 AM - 10:45AM

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Craft Talk, Matthew Henry Hall

“Improv + Writing”

What can writers learn from improv? Find out at this extremely interactive Craft Talk. First, we will go over the basics of improv. Volunteers then will get a chance to do basic improv warm-ups, then two-person scenes. As we go, we’ll discuss as a group the benefits of these activities for writers. Note: Participation in the improv exercises is not required but will (most likely) be extremely fun.

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Blackistone Room,

Anne Arundel Hall

Craft Talk: Patricia Henley

Telling It Like It Is: Writing in the First-Person”

 

Alice Munro once told an interviewer that she keeps revising until her stories sound like autobiography. That’s something I loved about her early stories when I started writing. And Wally Lamb says: “I like to write first-person because I like to become the character I am writing about.” Too many times, first-person stories are rejected or fall flat because the writer hasn’t truly inhabited the character. We tend to write our first drafts of first person stories as if the writer is the character. In this talk, Patricia will provide examples from first person stories and novels wherein the characters jump off the page into the reader’s heart. Come prepared to do some writing.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Great Room

Lunch

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Workshops Begin

Kent 316

Kent 212

Kent 317

River Center Seminar Room

Anne Arundel N204

Anne Arundel N104

Fiction, Matt Burgess

Fiction, Patricia Henley

Creative Nonfiction, Jeannie Vanasco

Youth Workshop, Matthew Henry Hall

Songwriting, Crystal Brandt

Poetry, Liz Arnold

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Cole Cinema

All Faculty Q&A 

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Great Room

Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Blackistone Room,

Anne Arundel Hall

Music by Crystal Brandt & Matthew Henry Hall

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lawn in front of Townhouse Greens

River Concert Series

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

River Center

Social Time


                    Saturday, June 29

TIME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Daugherty-Palmer Commons

Continental Breakfast and Goodbyes