Desert Nights, Rising Stars 2015 Schedule

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Thursday, Feb. 19th                              Friday, Feb. 20th                          Saturday, Feb. 21st

 

Thursday, February 19

 Activity

 Faculty Participating

 Summary of Activity

 Location

 Time

Registration

 All Piper Writers House 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM

Reading & Discussion

Vegard Steiro Amundsen, Else Barratt-Due, Ove Solum, & Kathrine Skretting (Moderator – Peter Lehman) Nordic Noir – Join us for an exciting discussion on the cultural importance of Nordic Crime Drama with our distinguished visiting faculty from Norway. Co-sponsored by the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture Carson Ballroom (Old Main) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Craft Classes

Allan Reeder The Art of the Sentence – Multi-genre Basha (Old Main) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
 Handout Rigoberto González The Pleasures of Ekphrastic Poetry – Poetry Thoren (University Club) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Mary Sojourner People, Not Puppets: Building Characters – Fiction Tooker (Old Main) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Jabari Asim Life in Hell: Conflict and Tension in Short Fiction – Fiction Traditions (University Club) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Nova Ren Suma Unforgettable Novel Openings – Young Adult  Heritage (University Club) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Reception

Join us for a catered reception with live music to kick off the conference! Carson Ballroom (Old Main) 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Welcome Address

Jewell Parker Rhodes Welcome 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Reading

Gail Tsukiyama 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Reading

Adam Johnson

Book Signing

7:00 PM
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Friday, February 20

Registration

Piper Writers House 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Coffee & Conversation

All Join us for a complimentary light breakfast and refreshments! Heritage (University Club) 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Morning Session A

 Handout Valerie Bandura Make ‘Em Laugh to Make ‘Em Cry: From Humor to Irony and All Shades Between – Poetry Traditions (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
G. Pascal Zachary The Exploration of Self Through Nonfiction – Nonfiction Basha (Old Main) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
 Handout Mark Athiakis You Write Books. Should You Review Them, Too? – Fiction Thoren (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Tom Leveen POW! BLAM! Writing Great Conflict – Young Adult Heritage (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Morning Session B

 Handout Anita Bunkley How Much Truth? How Much Fiction? – Historical Fiction Tooker (Old Main) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Varian Johnson Keeping it Real: The Lack of Ethnicity in Genre Fiction and Why We Should Care – Young Adult Basha (Old Main) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Handout Laraine Herring Writer’s Block: Your Greatest Teacher – Multi-genre  Traditions (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
 Melissa Pritchard From Vision to Revision: Perfecting Your Story – Fiction Thoren (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Michael A. Stackpole Advanced Characterization – SciFi/Fantasy Heritage (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Morning Session C

 Handout Vegard Steiro Amundsen & Else Barratt-Due Lucifer’s Town    Co-sponsored by the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture  Heritage (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 Handout Xu Xi “Globality” & Fiction in our Technologically Over-Connected Times - Fiction Traditions (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Barry Lyga No Rules, Just Write – Young Adult Basha (Old Main) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dexter Booth Reaching Youth Through Hip-Hop & Shakespeare – Poetry Thoren (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Handout Brooke Bessesen Crafting Contemporary Picture Books – Children’s Literature Tooker (Old Main) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch

Pre-ordered box lunches will be served from the patio behind Old Main. Old Main 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

MFA Reading

Hosted by Tara Ison Grab your lunch and come join us for a fast-paced & fresh look at the writing coming out of one of the top MFA programs in the country. Piper Writers House 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Afternoon Snack

 

Fresh Fruit, cookies, and refreshments served all afternoon

2nd Floor Foyer, University Club 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Afternoon Session A

Mary Sojourner

Deep Story in a Crazy Busy World- Fiction

Traditions (University Club) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Valerie Bandura & Jeredith Merrin Inner and Outer Worlds – Poetry Thoren (University Club) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Xu Xi & G. Pascal Zachary Mnemonics & Memoir –
Non-Fiction/Memoir
Basha (Old Main) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Varian Johnson & Bill Konigsberg Editor, Editor: Two YA Authors on Working with Editors & Publishing Houses – Young Adult Heritage (University Club) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Afternoon Session B

Allan Reeder, Jabari Asim, & Beth Staples (Moderator – Alex McElroy) Behind the Scenes: Publishing in Journals – Publishing Panel Thoren (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Michael Bourret, Erin Murphy, & George Witte (Moderator – Allegra Hyde) Editors and Agents – Publishing Panel Heritage (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Joseph Nassise “No Cardboard Cutouts Here: Creating Realistic Characters” – SciFi/Fantasy/Fiction Basha (Old Main) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Kathrine Skretting The Danish TV series “Forbrydelsen” Adapted as “The Killing”: Global markets, Local Adjustments, Cultural Differences. Co-sponsored by the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture - Nordic Noir Traditions (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Afternoon Session C

Handout

Valerie Bandura, Jeredith Merrin, & Rose Solari (Moderator – Dustin Pearson)

Poetry Revisions: Inspiration to Completion – Poetry

Thoren (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Matt Bell, Melissa Pritchard, & Gail Tsukiyama (Moderator – Dana Diehl) The Privilege of Art: Writing for Dangerous Times – Fiction Heritage (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Michael A. Stackpole, Robert E. Vardeman, & Paul Cook (Moderator -Joey Eschrich, Center for Science and the Imagination) From Panem to Mordor: Villainous Cities and Societies in Science Fiction – Speculative Fiction Basha (Old Main) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Varian Johnson & Nova Ren Suma What’s the Point: POV in Y.A. Fiction – Young Adult Traditions (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Reading

Carson Ballroom (Old Main)
George Witte 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rigoberto González
Matt Bell

Book Signing

6:45 PM
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Saturday, February 21

Coffee & Conversation

All With complimentary light breakfast and refreshments Heritage (University Club) 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Morning Session A

James Blasingame It’s All About Voice – Young Adult  Traditions (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
G. Pascal Zachary Dramatic Narrative: Using time and Chronological Reconstruction – Nonfiction Basha (Old Main) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Michael A. Stackpole 21 Days to a Novel – SciFi/Fiction Heritage (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Handout Rose Solari Love Poems: Making, Not Faking – Poetry  Thoren (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Morning Session B

Handout Erin Quinn & Anita Bunkley (Moderator – Kris Tualla) Writing Sex in Historic Context – Fiction Basha (Old Main) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
George Witte Big Publisher, Small Press, or Self-Publish? – Publishing Heritage (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
 Handout Brooke Bessesen You Must Find the Story: Crafting Narrative Nonfiction For Children – Children’s Literature Thoren (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Paul Cook How Stories Work: Writing the Perfect Story – SciFi/Fiction Traditions (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Morning Session C

Dexter Booth Myth in a Technology Infused World – Poetry Thoren (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Erin Murphy You Don’t Need A NYT Bestseller – Children’s Literature Traditions (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 Handout Xu Xi How Much Of ‘Me’ Should Be In There? – Memoir Heritage (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Matt Bell First-time Publishing Revisions – Fiction Basha (Old Main) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch

Pre-ordered box lunches will be served from the patio behind Old Main. Old Main 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

MFA Reading

Hosted by Tara Ison Grab your lunch and come join us for a fast-paced & fresh look at the writing coming out of one of the top MFA programs in the country. Piper Writers House 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Afternoon Snack

 

Fresh Fruit, cookies, and refreshments served all afternoon

2nd Floor Foyer, University Club 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Afternoon Session A

Tara Ison & Melissa Pritchard

Genre Be Damned!: Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone - Fiction

Basha (Old Main) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Erin Murphy & Brooke Bessesen

Will it Fly?: Determining the Merit of New Ideas – YA & Children’s Literature

Thoren (University Club) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Dexter Booth & Rigoberto González African American and Latino Poets: Roles and Responsibilities in the New Millennium – Poetry Traditions (University Club) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Robert E. Vardeman Writing—Fast! – Speculative Fiction/Commerical Fiction Heritage (University Club) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Laraine Herring,Mary Sojourner & Mark Athitakis (Moderator – Kevin Lichty) The Realities of Writing Life – Publishing Tooker (Old Main) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Afternoon Session B

Michael Bourret Pitch Perfect – Publishing Heritage (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Vegard Steiro Amundsen The Godly Power of Dramatic Irony
Co-sponsored by the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture - Nordic Noir
Traditions (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Tom Leveen & Barry Lyga AUA: Ask Us Anything – Tom and Barry Spill Their Guts – Young Adult Basha (Old Main) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
 Handout Jeredith Merrin & Rigoberto Gonzalez The Poetics of Play: Creating Joy Through Poetry – Poetry Thoren
(University Club)
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Afternoon Session C

George Witte

One Editor’s Perspective: What Editors Do, How We Decide Which Books to Publish, and How We Work with Authors – Publishing Heritage (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Bill Konigsberg, Tom Leveen, & Barry Lyga (Moderator – James Blasingame) Why Boys Don’t Read, and Other Myths – Young Adult Basha
(Old Main)
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Erin Quinn Emotional Prose – How to Instill Emotion in Every Word – Fiction Traditions (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Joseph Nassise “Unlock Your Novel’s Success: Story Structure in Fiction” – SciFi/Fantasy/Fiction Thoren (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Closing & Reading

Reading Carson Ballroom (Old Main)
Valerie Bandura 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rose Solari
Jeredith Merrin

Book Signing

Carson Ballroom (Old Main) 6:45 PM
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