The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Sounding Boards: A Writing Game Where Everybody Does Everything All The Time But Also Nothing None of the Time with Justin Noga

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Tooker, Old Main (view map)
Collaboration, Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Community, Creative Practice, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Writing Process

About the Session

Wherever we write, more often than not we’re stuck in our own head. How do we get unstuck? How can we find a good person to talk to about writing? How can we be that good person to talk to? That’s exactly is why we have developed a board game to give us some practice. Based in part on the renga—a Japanese form of collaborative poetry—this game places writers into groups in guided cross-pollinating writing activities. Alongside discussions on the ins and outs of collaborative writing, as well as critiquing techniques, we’ll hopefully find new paths to keep the energy up, and to build stronger writing communities. (Fiction, but poets welcome.)

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Justin Noga

Justin Noga is a fiction writer from Akron, Ohio, and is a second-year MFA student at Arizona State University. He teaches composition and creative writing at ASU, taught for the Piper Writers Studio at the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing in Summer 2018, and was the recipient of the 2018 Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship for the National University of Singapore. His work has been published in Conjunctions. He lives with a whippet/terrier with a Napoleon complex.