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Writing and 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.

*2016 Workshops listed below*

**2017 Workshop descriptions Coming Soon!**


***Online registration opens early 2017***

Writers Week Overview

Writers Week

July 11-15

Overview

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, Luis J. Rodriguez, David St. John and Natasha Trethewey. That fine tradition continues with our second annual Writers Week, a gathering of talented writers from Idyllwild Arts and beyond.

Learn from, listen to and hang out with some of the country's premier literary artists. In addition to poetry, fiction and nonfiction workshops, the week will feature special guests and events including:

• Daily craft talks

• Public readings

• Opportunities to meet and schmooze

• Six Merit Fellowships opportunities (sponsored by current and previous writing program participants, including four Bentley-Buckman Writer Fellowships)

• Option to continue working throughout the year with a faculty member

• Farewell dinner with musical guest stars and readings


Writers Week Fellowship Applicants

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FACULTY

Victoria Chang's third book of poems, The Boss, published by McSweeney’s in 2013, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New Republic, and other places. She also published a picture book with Marla Frazee, the bestseller Is Mommy? by Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster in 2015.
@VChangPoet or www.victoriachangpoet.com


Jaswinder Bolina is author of Phantom Camera, winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His recent poems are collected in the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America (2014). They have also appeared in numerous literary journals and in The Best American Poetry series. His essays have appeared at The Poetry Foundation dot org, The Huffington Post, and in anthologies including Poets on Teaching. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Miami.


Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, PEN West Fiction finalist; the bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life; and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her work has been anthologized in Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles and other outlets. Her work as a journalist is regularly featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. among others. Samantha teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and is program advisor for The Mark at PEN USA. www.samanthadunn.net


Amy Friedman is a writer, editor and writing teacher. Her most recent books include Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir and, as co-author with Anne Willan, One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. Amy has written for many publications and has taught memoir and personal essay in Los Angeles in private workshops, at UCLA Extension and at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center. www.amyfriedman.net



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


SPECIAL GUESTS

Bruce Bauman is an instructor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program and the senior editor of Black Clock literary magazine. Library Journal called Bauman’s new novel, Broken Sleep, “[A] plangent tour de force of epic proportions…” and KPCC’s David Kipen said “[it] is a funny novel, but it’s also an incredibly serious emotional novel in a way we don’t get nowadays so much.” Booklist called Bauman’s first novel, And The Word Was, “a magnificent debut, smart and intense, but accessible and riveting.”


Tonaya Craft is the managing editor of Copper Canyon Press. She received an MFA in poetry from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College in 2006. Previously a senior editor at Tin House magazine, Craft has worked with Olena Kalytiak Davis, David Gates, Denis Johnson, Ted Kooser, Dorianne Laux, W.S. Merwin, Lucia Perillo, Antonya Nelson, and Kevin Young, among others. She has enjoyed helping many new voices find print, and lives in Portland, OR., with her 6-year-old daughter and a unicorn balloon hat.


Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, a native of Ghana, is an author, editor, journalist, ghostwriter, speechwriter, public speaker and lecturer. She has written two memoirs, Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression (W.W. Norton & Co.), and Truer Than the Red, White and Blue: An African Childhood, American Style (2016). She is editor of three anthologies, and her work is published widely in print and broadcast media. She has written Inaugural and State of the Nation addresses, and her essays and poems have been heavily anthologized and are used in high school and university textbooks.


Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011), and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Rattling Wall, and The Antioch Review, and been heard on NPR's This American Life and Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

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 (Dutton, 2015), which received a great review in the New York Times. RIP, Mr. Shriver.


David L. Ulin is the author of the novel Ear to the Ground. His other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, 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. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent 10 years as book editor, and then book critic, of the Los Angeles Times.

Writers Week: Fiction: Finding the Heart of the Story

Fiction: Finding the Heart of the Story

Samantha Dunn

July 11–15 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. Whether you are a beginner or are a prolific writer, you will gain a better understanding of the structural elements that underpin all great stories. You will also be armed with new techniques for creating characters that come to life on the page, creating vivid worlds with your words, and 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 ask the question “What if?” and deeply imagine new possibilities. Be prepared to write - a lot! Class time will be about practicing what you learn - bring plenty of pens and blank notebooks. By the end of the week, you will have at least one well-honed piece of fiction ready for public consumption.

Your group will meet four hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be set aside for personal coaching and small group workshops. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to Writers Week craft talks, readings and other events.

Welcome Info and Computer Info - Click here

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $755

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, PEN West Fiction finalist; the bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life; and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her work has been anthologized in Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles and other outlets. Her work as a journalist is regularly featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. among others. Samantha teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and is program advisor for The Mark at PEN USA. www.samanthadunn.net
Samantha will also be teaching the Spring Writers Retreat.


Writers Week: Personal Essay and Memoir

Personal Essay and Memoir

Amy Friedman

July 11-15 Course # AAWE Ø2

One-week session

This is designed for beginners as well as those whose work is well under way (or stalled), for those who are writing memoir, personal essay or any work that falls under the category creative nonfiction. Amy will guide you in developing and crafting your stories. 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 you will use prompts and other exercises for in-class writing. Portions of the workshop will be devoted to reading your work aloud and receiving feedback from Amy and your fellow students.

Your group will meet four hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be set aside for personal coaching and small group workshops. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to Writers Week craft talks, readings and other events.

Welcome Info and Computer Info - Click here

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $755

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Amy Friedman is a writer, editor and writing teacher. Her most recent books include Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir and, as co-author with Anne Willan, One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. Amy has written for many publications and has taught memoir and personal essay in Los Angeles in private workshops, at UCLA Extension and at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center. www.amyfriedman.net Amy will also be teaching the Spring Writers Retreat.


Writers Week: Poetry

Poetry

Victoria Chang, Jaswinder Bolina, Ed Skoog

July 11–15 Course # AAWP Ø2

One-week session

These 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. Workshops, craft talks, readings, and lively discussion under the pines will focus on helping you refine your work, explore new ideas and write new poems. Faculty and guests will share their perspectives and offer feedback during the daily morning sessions.

Each poetry workshop is limited to 10 participants. In advance of the session, you will submit five poems you wish to discuss. Your group will meet each morning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be set aside for one-on-one meetings and small group workshops. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to Writers Week craft talks, readings and other events.

Welcome Info and Computer Info - Click here

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $755

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

Victoria Chang’s third book of poems, The Boss, published by McSweeney’s in 2013, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New Republic, and other places. She also published a picture book with Marla Frazee, the bestseller Is Mommy? by Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster in 2015.
@VChangPoet or www.victoriachangpoet.com


Jaswinder Bolina is author of Phantom Camera, winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His recent poems are collected in the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America (2014). They have also appeared in numerous literary journals and in The Best American Poetry series. His essays have appeared at The Poetry Foundation dot org, The Huffington Post, and in anthologies including Poets on Teaching. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Miami.


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


Special Add-On Course! Year-Long Manuscript Critique

Year Long Manuscript Critique

A Special Add-On Course

Victoria Chang, Eduardo Santiago, Ed Skoog

Course # AAWM Ø2

Would you like to take the coaching and inspiration with you when Writers Week ends? You may continue to work throughout the year with an instructor who will help you develop your manuscript. This year long mentorship will help you set clear goals, write and revise with intention. You and your mentor will set up your plan, goals, and a schedule to suit your needs that will include:

• A one-hour Skype meeting

• Six bimonthly email meetings

• Final in-person meeting during Writers Week 2017 (or 30-minute private Skype if unable to attend)

Poets will read up to eight pages for each bimonthly virtual meeting; prose writers will read up to 15 pages for each.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $825

Enrollment limited


*Visual Storytelling: Lessons from the Simpsons

Visual Storytelling: Lessons from the Simpsons

June 25 Course #AAOV ØØ

One-day session

In this storytelling crash course, Marshall will present a series of concentrated story lessons from The Simpsons episodes “Bart the Daredevil,” “The Telltale Head,” “Krusty Gets Busted,” and “Bart Gets an F.”

These episodes from the first two seasons offer some of the most tightly crafted stories in television writing. Their setups and payoffs, reversals, character development, and justified climactic endings still hold strong decades after their debut. From these 23-minute masterpieces, you will learn about the elements of story, how professional writers work, and practical lessons for story-crafters of all media. If you are working on a children's book, graphic novel, screenplay, or adapting an existing story and wondering how to boil it down to what is worth telling, this course will help you by introducing you to the technical language and skills of storytelling.

Skill Level: All artists and writers welcome, no experience required

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $175

Enrollment limited to 20 students

Marshall Vandruff has worked as an artist and educator in Southern California for more than 30 years. His clients include MAD Magazine, Hanna-Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, Disney Studios, Gnomon Workshop, and more than 40 advertising agencies. He has taught more than 200 courses and workshops in art schools and colleges, including CSUF, Laguna College of Art and Design, LAAFA, Concept Design Academy, and Fullerton College. www.marshallart.com


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