Desert Nights, Rising Stars 2015 Schedule

**The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Please be sure to check back often**

 

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 – 12:30 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 Traditions (University Club) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Rigoberto Gonzalez The Pleasures of Ekphrastic Poetry – Poetry Thoren (University Club) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Paul Cook How Stories Work: Writing the Perfect Story – Fiction Heritage (University Club) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Jabari Asim Life in Hell: Conflict and Tension in Short Fiction – Fiction Basha (Old Main) 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
 Nova Ren Suma  Unforgettable Novel Openings - Young Adult  Tooker (Old Main) 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

Craft Classes

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

Craft Classes

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
Laraine Herring Writer’s Block: Your Greatest Teacher - Multi-genre Heritage (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Rose Solari Rounding it Out: Writing Believable Characters – Fiction Thoren (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
 Melissa Pritchard From Vision to Revision: Perfecting Your Story – Fiction  Traditions (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

 Craft Classes

Vegard Steiro Amundsen & Else Barratt-Due Lucifer’s TownCo-sponsored by the ASU Center for Film Media and Popular Culture Tooker (Old Main) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Xu Xi “Globality” & Fiction in our Technologically Over-Connected Times - Fiction Heritage (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
Brooke Bessesen Crafting Contemporary Picture Books – Children’s Literature Traditions (University Club) 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 MFA Director 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. Carson Ballroom (Old Main) 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

Conversations

Laraine Herring & Mary Sojourner

Deep Story in a Crazy Busy World- Fiction

 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Valerie Bandura & Jeredith Merrin Inner and Outer Worlds - Poetry  1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
 Xu Xi & G. Pascal Zachary Mnemonics & Memoir -
Non-Fiction/Memoir
 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Varian Johnson & Bill Konigsberg  Editor, Editor: Two Y.A. Authors on Working with Editors & Publishing Houses  1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Publishing Trends & Craft Classes

Erin Quinn Author, Editor, Agent Relationships Traditions (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Allan Reeder, Jabari Asim, and Beth Staples Behind the Scene: Publishing in Journals - Publishing Panel Thoren (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Michael Bourret & George Witte Editors and Agents - Publishing Panel Basha (Old Main) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Anita Bunkley Publishing: The “Short” Pitch -Publishing Panel Heritage (University Club) 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 Tooker (Old Main) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panels

Valerie Bandura, Dexter Booth, & Rose Solari

Poetry Revisions: Inspiration to Completion - Poetry

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Matt Bell, Melissa Pritchard, & Gail Tsukiyama The Privilege of Art: Writing for Dangerous Times - Fiction  3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
 Tom Leveen & Barry Lyga AUA: Ask Us Anything – Tom and Barry Spill Their Guts - Young Adult  3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Varian Johnson & Nova Ren Suma  What’s the Point: POV in YA Fiction – Young Adult 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Reading

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

Craft Classes

Laraine Herring Your Drafting Process: How’s It Working For Ya? -Multi-genre Heritage (University Club) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Jim 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 Thoren (University Club)  8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Mary Sojourner People, Not Puppets: Building Characters – Fiction Basha (Old Main)  8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Craft Classes

Rose Solari Love Poems: Making, Not Faking – Poetry  Heritage (University Club)  9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Erin Quinn Be the World: World Building in Genre Fiction – Fiction Thoren (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
George Witte Big Publisher, Small Press, or Self-Publish? – Publishing Basha (Old Main) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Brooke Bessesen You Must Find the Story: Crafting Narrative Nonfiction For Children – Children’s Literature Traditions (University Club) 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Craft Classes

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
Xu Xi How Much Of ‘Me’ Should Be In There? – Memoir Heritage (University Club) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Michael A. Stackpole  21 Days to a Novel – SciFi / Fantasy Basha (Old Main) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Matt Bell  First-time Publishing Revisions - Fiction 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 MFA Director 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. Carson Ballroom (Old Main) 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

Conversations

Tara Ison & Melissa Pritchard

Genre Be Damned!: Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone

Basha (Old Main) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Erin Murphy & Brooke Bessesen

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

Thoren (University Club)  1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Dexter Booth & Rigoberto Gonzalez African American and Latino Poets: Roles and Responsibilities in the New Millennium Traditions (University Club)  1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
 Tom Leveen The Realities of Writing Life – Publishing Tooker (Old Main) 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Publishing Trends & Craft Classes

Michael Bourret Pitch Perfect – Publishing (Limited Space: 25 Seats) Tooker (Old Main) 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
Heritage (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
G. Pascal Zachary E-Books: The New Publishing Medium – Publishing Thoren (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Xu Xi First Time Working with Publishers -  Publishing Basha (Old Main) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Jeredith Merrin & Rigoberto Gonzalez The Poetics of Play: Creating Joy through Poetry Traditions (University Club) 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panels

Tom Leveen

Writing Dialogue Thoren (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

George Witte

One Editor’s Perspective: What Editors Do, How We Decide Which Books to Publish, and How We Work with Authors - Publishing  Basha (Old Main) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Bill Konigsberg, Jim Blasingame, & Barry Lyga Why Boys Don’t Read, and Other Myths - Young Adult Traditions (University Club) 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Dexter Booth & Beth Staples Young People in the Writing World – Multi Genre Heritage (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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