2018 Conference Schedule

The 2018 schedule is available HERE as a pdf. Please check back regularly for updates. Printed schedules will be provided to all registrants at the conference.

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Writing the Rockies Schedule

 

19th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference
July 18-22, 2018

Wednesday, July 18

Session TimesEvent

12:00 – 6:00

Registration in the Taylor Hall Welcome Center. Late arrivals call Facilities Services at 970-901-0795 or, after midnight, Security at 970-209-1020.

12:00 – 6:00

Book Fair, managed by Townie Books of Crested Butte (Taylor Hall 100)

2:00 – 5:00

3:30 – 5:00

Book Fair Group Reading

GPCW Alumni Roundtable (Taylor Hall 229)

5:00

Welcome Reception and Banquet (University Center Ballroom)

6:45

Welcoming Remarks (University Center Ballroom)
David J. Rothman, Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Greg Salsbury, President

7:15

Conference Keynote: Professor Mark Todd, Founder of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing: “Writing from the Edge from Nowhere” (University Center Ballroom)

8:15

Poetry Keynote: Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield, “Let Love Rule: Craft, Commitment, and Collaboration in Poetry and the Arts” (University Center Theater)

9:30

GPCW Alumni Extravaganza Reading (The Overlook)

The Book Fair, managed by Townie Books of Crested Butte, runs from 9:00 – 6:00 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Taylor 100. The Book Fair Group Reading from 2:00 – 5:00 is managed by Townie Books and Mark Todd, Conference Coordinator.

All meals on the meal plan are served in the University Center. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served every day, Thursday through Sunday. Single-day passes do not include meals.

Manuscript Review: Attendees can sign up for a one-hour manuscript review with leading writers and teachers in all genres. To learn about reviewers and to sign up, see the website and CashNet, or go to the conference registration table in the Taylor Hall Welcome Center. $150 registration.

Pitch Sessions: Attendees can sign up for 20-minute pitch sessions with editors and publishers Mark Todd (Western Press Books) and Brian Calvert (High Country News). To learn more and sign up, see the website and CashNet, or go to the conference registration table in the Taylor Hall Welcome Center. $50 registration.

NB: “TH” is Taylor Hall; The Overlook is located in Escalante Hall on Western’s campus.

 

Thursday, July 19​

TimeCreative NonfictionGenre FictionPoetryPublishingScreenwriting

8:30 – 10:00

CNF Panel #1

“Why Environmental Journalism Is About More Than You Think.”
Brian Calvert, Moderator; Paige Blankenbuehler,
George Sibley. (TH 226)

Genre Fiction Panel #1

“Writing for Middle Grades & Young Adult Readers.”
Russell Davis, Moderator; Candace Nadon,
Heather Sappenfield,
Rick Wilber. (TH 200)

Poetry Panel #1

“The Long Poem Now.” David J. Rothman, Moderator; Jane Satterfield, Fred Turner. (TH 229)

 


 

Publishing Panel #1

“The Many Worlds of Publishing Now.”
Kevin J. Anderson, Moderator;
Darrin Pratt, Jan Schreiber. (TH 101)


 



 

 


 

10:15 – 12:15

CNF 3-Day Wkshps

#1: “Going Short.” Instructor: Kase Johnstun. (TH 201)

#2: “Building Story in Nature Writing.” Instructor: Karen Hausdoerffer. (TH 112D)

 



 

Genre Fiction 3-Day Wkshp
“Traveling Down the Road Not Taken: Writing Alternate
Histories from Ancient Byzantium to Virtual Reality.” Instructor: Rick Wilber. (TH 204)

Genre Fiction 3-Day Crit Sem
“Science Fiction and Creation Epics: A World-Building Primer.”
Leader: Frederick Turner (TH 226)

Poetry 1-Day Wkshp #1
“The Poet and the Hawk.” Instructor:
Alan J. Malnar. (TH 229)

Poetry 3-Day Wkshp
“Metrical Lines and Formal Wholes.”
Instructor: James Matthew Wilson.

Poetry 3-Day Crit Sem
“The Poetic Encounter: Experiencing the Forms,
Learning the Craft.” Leaders: Robert Jackson, Robert Maranto. (TH 113)
 

Publishing 3-Day Wkshp
“The Publishing Whirlwind: Tradition,
Hybrid, and Independent.” Instructor: Kevin J. Anderson. (TH 228)

 

 

 



 

Screenwriting 3-Day Wkshp
“Writing the TV Pilot.” Instructor: John Bowman. (TH 205)
 

 

 

 



 

12:15 – 1:00

Lunch (University Center)

1:15 – 2:00

   

Publishing Keynote

Kevin J. Anderson, “How To Be an Overnight Success in Twenty Years or Less.” (TH Studio Theater)

 

2:00 – 4:00

CNF 1-Day Wkshp #1

“Writing the Modern American West(s).” Instructor: Brian Calvert. (TH 204)

Genre Fiction 1-Day Wkshp #1

“Unclogging Our Pipes: How to Beat Writer's Block.” Instructor: Russell Davis. (TH 229)
 

  

Screenwriting 1-Day Wkshp #1

“Nothing Good Ever Comes Out of the Fog: How Theme Drives Stories.” Instructor: Trai Cartwright. (TH 205)
 

2:00 – 5:00

  

Poetry Symposium, Day 1 (TH 201)

1. Frederick Turner, “The Ingenious, Gentle, Generative Genius of Language Itself: Poetry and Etymology.”

2. Jane Satterfield, “Poetry, Pastoral and the Nonhuman.”

3. Jan Schreiber, “Short of Breath: Poems in a Narrow Compass.”

  

4:00 – 5:00: Coffee With Pros / The Editors and Publishers: Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Calvert, Darrin Pratt. (Mezzanine Level, Taylor Hall Welcome Center)

5:00 – 6:30: Dinner.

6:45 – 8:00: Readings: Kevin J. Anderson, Russell Davis, Karen Hausdoerffer, Kase Johnstun, Robert B. Shaw. (University Center Theater)

8:15 – 9:30: Screening #1: “Clapter: Enemy of the Satirist.” Presented by John Bowman. (University Center Theater)

9:45 – 11:00: Open Mic (The Overlook)

Friday, July 20
The Freedom of the Hills…

Breakfast. (University Center)

All day… Walks and hikes will be available in various parts of the valley, with scheduled van transportation, or participants are free to spend the day as they please.

Lunch: On your own.

4:00: Creative Nonfiction Keynote. Patrick Pexton, “How Writers Change History.” John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall, Quigley Hall

5:00: 3rd Annual New Opera Workshop World Premiere. Lottie Silks, by Jay Parrotta, with libretto by Enid Holden (MA ’17, Genre Fiction). Music Director, Ben Makino. Stage Director, Andrew Sellon. (John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall, Quigley Hall)

Note: All general conference registrations include admission for one person to the New Opera Workshop performance; individual tickets will also be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations) to the general public for $20/person, $10/student.

6:15: Dinner.

8:00: Special Presentation in collaboration with the Gunnison Arts Center. Comedy Is Hard, by Mike Reiss. Directed by William Spicer. (Gunnison Arts Center; the GAC is holding a block of 30 tickets for us. The theater is small--75 seats--so please reserve early. Tickets are $15 and are available here or at 970-641-4029.)

Saturday, July 21

TimeCreative NonfictionGenre FictionPoetryPublishingScreenwriting

8:30 – 10:00

 


 

 

 


 

 

Poetry Panel #2

THINK Journal and the State of Small Literary Magazines.”
Susan Spear, Moderator; Jodie Hollander, David J. Rothman. (TH 229)

Publishing 1-Day Wkshp #1

“The Surprisingly Nasty World of Children’s Books.” Instructor: Mike Reiss. (TH 200)

Screenwriting 1-Day Wkshp #2

“IP Is the Name of the Game.”
Instructor: J S Mayank. (TH 201)

 

10:15 – 12:15

CNF 3-Day Wkshps

#1: “Going Short.” Instructor: Kase Johnstun. (TH 201)

#2: “Building Story in Nature Writing.” Instructor: Karen Hausdoerffer. (TH 112D)




 

Genre Fiction 3-Day Wkshp
“Traveling Down the Road Not Taken: Writing Alternate
Histories from Ancient Byzantium to Virtual Reality.” Instructor: Rick Wilber. (TH 204)

Genre Fiction 3-Day Crit Sem
“Science Fiction and Creation Epics: A World-Building Primer.”
Leader: Frederick Turner (TH 226)
 

Poetry 1-Day Wkshp #2

“The Contemporary Ghazal.”
Instructor: Julie Kane. (TH 229)

Poetry 3-Day Wkshp
“Metrical Lines and Formal Wholes.”
Instructor: James Matthew Wilson. (TH 200)

Poetry 3-Day Crit Sem
“The Poetic Encounter: Experiencing the Forms,
Learning the Craft.” Leaders:
Robert Jackson, Robert Maranto. (TH 113)

 

Publishing 3-Day Wkshp
“The Publishing Whirlwind: Tradition,
Hybrid, and Independent.” Instructor: Kevin J. Anderson. (TH 228)

 

 

 


 

Screenwriting 3-Day Wkshp
“Writing the TV Pilot.” Instructor: John Bowman. (TH 205)

 

 

 

 



 

12:15 – 1:00

Lunch (University Center)

1:15 – 2:00

 

Genre Fiction Keynote

Rick Wilber, "It's All Lies! Fiction Writing Fiction in the Post-Truth Era.” (TH Studio Theater)

 

 

 

2:00 – 4:00

CNF 1-Day Wkshp #2

“Investigative Journalism Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
Patrick Pexton, Moderator;
Brian Calvert, Mark Reaman,
Toni Todd. (TH 229)

Genre Fiction 1-Day Wkshp #2

“Talk to Me: Developing Voice in Young Adult Fiction” Instructor: Candace Nadon. (TH 200)


 

  

Screenwriting Panel

“Getting it Done: Writing Habits, Tricks of Motivation,
and the Particular Ways Screenwriters Look for Inspiration.” J S
Mayank, Moderator; John Bowman, Trai Cartwright. (TH 205)

2:00 – 5:00

  

Poetry Symposium, Day 2 (TH 201)

1. William Tyson Hausdoerffer, “Whither the Pathways of Song: Vividness and Illusions of Motion in Epic Poetry.”

2. Emily Grosholz, “Exploring the Supernatural Lapse of Time Fairyland and General Relativity Theory: How Modern Poetry Plays with Space and Time.”

3. Ned Balbo: “Mysteriously Silent on the Subject of Cheese: What’s Wrong with How We Think about Poetry.”

  

4:00 – 5:30

    

Screening #2

“Highlights from the Upcoming 2018 CB Film Festival.” Presented by Michael Brody. (University Center Theater)

5:00 – 7:00: Dinner.

7:30 – 9:00:  Multitudes: An Evening with Walt Whitman. Written by Kim Nuzzo and Valerie Haugen-Nuzzo. Performed by Kim Nuzzo. One admission per WtR registrant. Tickets will also be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations) to the general public for $15/person, $10/student. (Taylor Hall Studio Theater)

9:30 – 11:00: Open Mic. (The Overlook)

Sunday, July 22

TimeCreative NonfictionGenre FictionPoetryPublishingScreenwriting

8:30 – 10:00

 

 

 

 

Poetry Panel #3

“Translating Homer Today.” Tyson Hausdoerffer,
Moderator; Aaron Poochigian, Fred Turner. (TH 229)

 

 

 

 

10:15 – 12:15

CNF 3-Day Wkshps

#1: “Going Short.” Instructor: Kase Johnstun. (TH 201)

#2: “Building Story in Nature Writing.” Instructor: Karen Hausdoerffer. (TH 112D)


 

 


 

 

Genre Fiction 3-Day Wkshp
“Traveling Down the Road Not Taken: Writing Alternate
Histories from Ancient Byzantium to Virtual Reality.” Instructor: Rick Wilber. (TH 204)

Genre Fiction 3-Day Crit Sem
“Science Fiction and Creation Epics: A World-Building Primer.”
Leader: Frederick Turner (TH 226)


 

 

 

Poetry 1-Day Wkshp #3

“The Art of the Book Review.” Instructor: Emily Grosholz. (TH 229)

Poetry 3-Day Wkshp
“Metrical Lines and Formal Wholes.”
Instructor: James Matthew Wilson. (TH 200)

Poetry 3-Day Crit Sem
“The Poetic Encounter: Experiencing the Forms,
Learning the Craft.” Leaders:
Robert Jackson, Robert Maranto. (TH 113)

Publishing 3-Day Wkshp
“The Publishing Whirlwind: Tradition,
Hybrid, and Independent.” Instructor: Kevin J. Anderson. (TH 228)


 

 

 

 


 

 

Screenwriting 3-Day Wkshp
“Writing the TV Pilot.” Instructor: John Bowman. (TH 205)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

12:15 – 1:00

Lunch (University Center)

1:15 – 2:00

 

 

 

 

Screenwriting Keynote

John Bowman, “Can Television Bring America Together?” (University Center Theater)

2:00 – 4:00

CNF 1-Day Wkshp #2

“The Art of the Op-Ed.” Instructor: Patrick Pexton. (TH 200)

Genre Fiction 1-Day Wkshp #3

“The Stories We Crave.” Instructor: Heather Sappenfield. (TH 204)

 

Publishing 1-Day Wkshp #2

“Working the Margin: Understanding the Finances of Book Publishing.” Instructor: Darrin Pratt. (TH 205)

 

2:00 – 5:00

  

Poetry Symposium, Day 3 (TH 201)

1. David J. Rothman, “Harmonious Madness.”

2. Robert Shaw, “Wilbur’s Way: Tradition and Innovation in Richard Wilbur’s Poetry.”

3. James Matthew Wilson, "Defining Poetry by Its Ends: Memory, Metaphor, Meter."

  

4:00 – 5:30

    

Screening #3

How Murray Saved Christmas. Presented by Mike Reiss. (University Center Theater)

8:30 – 10:00 AM: The GPCW Alumni Panel: “Life After Western.” Steve Visel (MFA ’16, Genre Fiction), GPCW Alumni Relations Coordinator and Moderator, with Chris Barili (MFA ‘16, Genre Fiction), Kaye Lynne Booth (MFA ‘16, Genre Fiction and Screenwriting), Cole Claassen (MFA '17, Screenwriting), Cara Guerrieri (MFA ’12, Genre Fiction), and Susan Spear (MFA ‘12, Poetry). (Taylor Hall 205)

4:00 – 5:00: Coffee With Pros / The Writers: Kase Johnstun, Patrick Pexton, Heather Sappenfield, Rick Wilber. (Mezzanine Level, Taylor Hall Welcome Center)

5:00 – 7:00: Dinner.

7:30 – 9:00: Readings: Ned Balbo, Patrick Pexton, Heather Sappenfield, Jane Satterfield, Rick Wilber. (The Overlook)­­­­­­­­­

9:00 – ??: Closing Bash. (The Overlook)