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Writing & Poetry / Writers Week

The Summer Program Writing Workshops offer writers at all levels a full immersion experience, a week-long opportunity to deepen your understanding of story and language. Faculty is composed of authors with both long publishing records and extensive teaching experience, eager to help you begin, continue or complete your books, poems, stories and essays.


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Writers Week Overview

Writers Week

July 6- 10, 2015

Coordinators: Samantha Dunn, Amy Friedman, Ed Skoog

For decades Idyllwild Arts has been a gathering place for some of the world's finest poets and writers—among them Ray Bradbury, Norman Corwin, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Maxine Kumin, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine and Natasha Trethewey. We'll continue and expand that fine tradition with our FIRST ANNUAL WRITERS WEEK, a gathering of talented writers from Idyllwild Arts and beyond.

This is your opportunity to learn from, listen to and hang out with some of our country's premier literary artists. This year for the first time, we'll be offering some exciting new events in addition to our poetry, fiction and memoir workshops.

WRITERS WEEK will feature our guest literary lights offering:

• Daily craft talks
• Public readings
• Opportunities to meet and schmooze
• 4 Merit Fellowships
(sponsored by current and previous participants in our writing programs, including two Bentley-Buckman Poetry Fellowships)
• An option to continue working throughout the year with a faculty member
• A farewell dinner with musical guest stars and readings

Please join us for our celebratory, inspiring week. Idyllwild Arts is a haven for writers and that haven is becoming even more dynamic.


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FACULTY

Luis Rodriguez is the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, appointed by Mayor Garcetti in the fall of 2014. His published works include memoir, poetry and fiction. He is best known for his 1993 Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA which has sold close to half a million copies. He travels throughout the United States and abroad, bringing his powerful story to schools, conferences, prisons and libraries. And he is also the founder and editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder and president of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstores.


Natalie Diaz was raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She won a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2012 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine, a 2012 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Artist Fellowship, the 2014 Holmes National Poetry Prize, and a United Artists Ford Fellowship. She is on the IAIA Low Residency MFA faculty. Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and works with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award, and the bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life, as well as Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which Dunn co-edited. A winner of the Maggie Award for Best Personal Essay in a Consumer Publication, she is a widely published journalist regularly featured in O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Ms., among others. A member of the Writers' Guild, Samantha teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and is program advisor for The Mark at PEN USA. www.samanthadune.net

Amy Friedman is a writer, editor, ghostwriter and teacher, author of several memoirs, Kick the Dog and Shoot the Cat, Nothing Sacred: A Conversation with Feminism, Desperado's Wife, and most recently her co-authored memoir with Anne Willan, One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. Amy also writes the long-running, world-wide syndicated newspaper column for children, Tell Me A Story. Amy has published hundreds of stories, columns and articles, and her work appears in numerous anthologies. She also teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension, at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center and in private workshops throughout Southern California. www.amyfriedman.net

Ed Skoog (MFA, Creative Writing, University of Montana) is author of Mister Skylight, a collection of poems (Copper Canyon, 2009) and Rough Day (Copper Canyon, 2013) winner of the 2014 Washington State Book Award for Poetry, as well as many stories and poems in literary magazines such as The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, andNarrative. He has been awarded fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The Lannan Foundation. He has been a writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House, George Washington University, and The University of Montana. He is a past chair of creative writing at Idyllwild Arts Academy.


SPECIAL GUESTS

Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. His poems appear in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and in several recent anthologies, including in Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale U.P., 2013) and Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review (Iowa Review, 2012). The recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, Black is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego.


Victoria Chang's third book of poems, The Boss, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. It was published in 2013 by McSweeney's. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Nation, and other places. She lives in Southern California and works in business.



Kim Krizan is an Academy Award-nominated writer best known for having created the characters in the Before film series with her writing on Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. She is an Anais Nin scholar and wrote the introduction to Mirages, Nin's most recent unexpurgated diary. Kim's tongue-in-cheek history of femme fatales, Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale, is currently available on Amazon. Her studies and teaching have focused on the psychology of creativity, and she considers it a joy to unleash the magic of her students' unique voices.


Shanna Mahin is a high school dropout with a fierce desire to disprove her 9th grade English teacher's prediction of “a lifetime of wasted potential.” She mourns his passing for a variety of reasons, including the missed opportunity to point out her PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship, her MacDowell Colony and Norman Mailer Colony Fellowships, among others, and the publication of her first novel, Oh! You Pretty Things. out now from Dutton – which received a great review in the New York Times. RIP, Mr. Shriver.


David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novella Labyrinth. His other books include The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and the Library of America's Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is book critic of the Los Angeles Times.



Writers Week: Making it Up: The Art of Writing Fiction

Making It Up: The Art of Writing Fiction

Samantha Dunn

July 6–10 Course # AAWF Ø2

One-week session

"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, "Mark Twain supposedly said. This workshop will explore the art and craft of fiction, using a multitude of exercises to tap and enhance your own deep sources of creativity. If you have a vivid imagination, or if you are a storyteller who likes to embellish, or you want to look at your tales with a new perspective, the class will provide you with the tools to paint with words. Whether you are a beginner or are a prolific writer, you will walk away from this workshop with a better understanding of the structural elements that underpin all great stories. You will also be armed with new techniques for creating characters who come to life on the page, for creating vivid worlds with your words, and how to keep generating story ideas. All levels of writer will be able to apply the lessons.

While writing fiction is often about finding the truth of the story, come prepared to make stuff up. And to write! Class time will be about practicing what we learn—bring plenty of pens and blank notebooks. By the end of the week, everyone will have at least one well-honed piece of fiction presentable for public consumption. We will meet for four hours each day, with afternoons devoted to Writers Week craft talks and events.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome.

Tuition: $725

Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award, and the bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life, as well as Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which Dunn co-edited. A winner of the Maggie Award for Best Personal Essay in a Consumer Publication, she is a widely published journalist regularly featured in O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Ms., among others. A member of the Writers' Guild, Samantha teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and is program advisor for The Mark at PEN USA. www.samanthadunn.net




Writers Week: Poetry

Poetry

Natalie Diaz, Luis J. Rodriguez, Ed Skoog

July 6–10 Course # AAWP Ø2

One-week session

Each faculty member conducts a ten-person workshop, meeting for three-hour sessions each morning. Participants will send in advance five poems they wish to have discussed. Small class size ensures that each participant receives individual attention and advice about developing as a poet. Participants may also choose to sign up for small group meetings with guest writers. Faculty and guests will give talks on a wide range of issues, from matters of craft to perspectives on publishing.

The poetry workshops are open to anyone with an interest in writing poetry, following the long-held Idyllwild Arts tradition of building a diverse community of voices to enrich the conversation, from enthusiastic beginners to emerging and established poets. Five days of workshops, craft talks, readings, and lively discussion under the pines will focus on helping participants refine their work, explore new ideas and write new poems. Amid opportunities for writing new poems and hearing other faculty and guest's perspectives, the workshops are the center of the week's focus.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome.

Tuition: $725

Enrollment limited to 30 students (10 students per workshop/teacher.)

Luis Rodriguez is the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, appointed by Mayor Garcetti in the fall of 2014. His published works include memoir, poetry and fiction. He is best known for his 1993 Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA which has sold close to half a million copies. He travels throughout the United States and abroad, bringing his powerful story to schools, conferences, prisons and libraries. And he is also the founder and editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder and president of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstores.


Natalie Diaz was raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She won a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2012 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine, a 2012 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Artist Fellowship, the 2014 Holmes National Poetry Prize, and a United Artists Ford Fellowship. She is on the IAIA Low Residency MFA faculty. Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and works with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

Ed Skoog (MFA, Creative Writing, University of Montana) is author of Mister Skylight, a collection of poems (Copper Canyon, 2009) and Rough Day (Copper Canyon, 2013) winner of the 2014 Washington State Book Award for Poetry, as well as many stories and poems in literary magazines such as The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, and Narrative. He has been awarded fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The Lannan Foundation. He has been a writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House, George Washington University, and The University of Montana. He is a past chair of creative writing at Idyllwild Arts Academy.


Writers Week: Writing Memoir

Writing Memoir

Amy Friedman

July 6–10 Course # AAWE Ø2

One-week session

This is a workshop for those who are just beginning and those whose work is well under way (or stalled), for those who are writing memoir, personal essay or any other work of creative nonfiction. The instructor will help you to develop and craft your story, and we'll study elements that help to create a powerful narrative as well as when, where and how to employ reflection in your work. Excerpts from published work will help serve as inspiration, and we'll use prompts and other exercises for in-class writing. A portion of our workshop will be devoted to reading your work aloud, with feedback from your fellow students and the instructor. We will spend some time on marketing and proposal writing. The goal is to complete a full essay and/or at least one chapter by week's end. We will meet for four hours each day, with afternoons devoted to Writers Week craft talks and events.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome.

Tuition: $725

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Amy Friedman is a writer, editor, ghostwriter and teacher, author of several memoirs, Kick the Dog and Shoot the Cat, Nothing Sacred: A Conversation with Feminism, Desperado's Wife, and most recently her co-authored memoir with Anne Willan, One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. Amy also writes the long-running, world-wide syndicated newspaper column for children, Tell Me A Story. Amy has published hundreds of stories, columns and articles, and her work appears in numerous anthologies. She also teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension, at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center and in private workshops throughout Southern California. www.amyfriedman.net


Special Add-On Course! Year-Long Manuscript Critique

Year Long Manuscript Critique

A Special "Add-On" Course

Natalie Diaz, Samantha Dunn, Ed Skoog

Course # AAWM Ø2

If you enroll in a Writers Week workshop, you may continue to work on your craft throughout the year with an instructor/mentor who will help you work towards a manuscript. Whether you are early in the writing process or already have a rough draft, this year long mentorship will help you set clear goals, as well as write and revise with intention. With this add-on, you will set up a plan and goals, as well as a mutually agreed upon schedule with the instructor/mentor to include

• Two one-hour Skype meetings
• Six bi-monthly email meetings
• Final meeting in person during Writers Week 2016 (or ½ hour private skype if unable to attend)

Poets will read 10 pages for each bi-monthly virtual meeting; prose writers will read up to 20 pages for each.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome.

Tuition: $600

Enrollment limited.





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