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2017 Nimrod Write Night and

Conference for Readers and Writers

October 20th-21st, The University of Tulsa

 
 

Friday, October 20th

Nimrod Write Night: Author Reception and Chat with

Jericho Brown and Laura van den Berg

The Tulsa Garden Center

2435 S. Peoria Ave.

Author Reception (Light Bites and Cash Bar): 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Author Chat and Book Signing: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The entire evening is FREE and open to the public.

Mingle with all our Conference guest authors at our Author Reception and join us for a special Author Chat with poet Jericho Brown, winner of the American Book Award, and fiction writer Laura van den Berg, Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award finalist. Write Night is presented in conjunction with Booksmart Tulsa.

Saturday, October 21st

Conference for Readers and Writers

The University of Tulsa, The Allen Chapman Activity Center, 440 S. Gary Ave.

9:30-10:00 a.m.: Late Registration

10:00 a.m.: PANEL DISCUSSIONS (Concurrent Sessions)*

Digging In: Writing Through the Hard Parts

Jericho Brown, Jessica Cavero, Deborah Crombie, Sasha Martin, Mary Moore, Keija Parssinen, Laura van den Berg

Editing and Publishing: Q&A

Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sandra Hunter, Eilis O’Neal, Alexa Stark, Mark Wagenaar

10:45 a.m.: Morning Masterclasses (Concurrent Sessions)*

Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops I*

Meet one on one with a Nimrod editor who will help you revise your work. Submit 2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction or nonfiction. Materials must be received by October 14th. Each one-on-one editing session is 15 minutes long.

Jumpstart Your Engines: Poetry Workshop — Jericho Brown

Sometimes we need a spark to get our poetic imaginations firing. We’ll kindle that spark and generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that will keep our ears open and our fingers moving.

The Blazing Thing: On Imagination in Fiction — Laura van den Berg

Tim O’Brien writes, “In fiction workshops, we tend to focus on matters of verisimilitude largely because such issues are so much easier to talk about than the failure of imagination . . . .” How can we encourage our own imaginations to move in new and unanticipated directions? We’ll engage this difficulty and unveil ways to stretch our imaginations.

Storyboarding Your Mystery Novel — Deborah Crombie

Crime novels tend to have particularly complicated plots and keeping them straight can be challenging. Whether you are a pre-plotter or not, storyboarding is a graphic outlining technique that can help you develop your plot while increasing your understanding of the story’s structure and dynamic tension.

First Time for Everything: Romance and More — Tessa Dare

Romances in fiction are all about the “first times”: first meeting, first kiss, first argument, first confessions of love, to name a few. We’ll share strategies for intensifying the emotion in your manuscripts by setting unique hurdles for your characters—inside the romance genre and outside it.

The Straight Scoop: Querying Literary Agents — Alexa Stark

Querying literary agents can be daunting. What’s a query letter? What’s a synopsis? And how can we write effective ones? We’ll get the straight scoop from literary agent Alexa Stark (Trident Media) and learn how to put our best feet forward when it comes to getting an agent’s attention.

12:00 noon: Lunch and 39th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards Ceremony

1:35 p.m.: Afternoon Masterclasses (Concurrent Sessions)*

Painting/Tainting the Poem: Reimagining Poems About Art — Mary Moore and Mark Wagenaar

Ekphrastic poems (poems about art) are a time-honored tradition and a great way to hone our descriptive language. We’ll examine ways to ground our poems in figurative language, as well as exploring how this language can sometimes “taint” descriptive poems with meaning.

The Art of Revision in Fiction — Keija Parssinen

It is only through revision that writing becomes good. We’ll explore revision as re-envisioning, rather than simply an act of cosmetic polishing, and discuss techniques that will allow us to see our work with fresh eyes and to become skillful self-editors.

Writing Dialogue: Shape and Character Revelation — Jessica Cavero and Sandra Hunter

Dialogue has its own shape, and that shape reveals character through the words that people choose, the way that they listen or don’t listen to each other, and more. We’ll look at the way dialogue expands and contracts into different shapes to fit—and reveal—our characters, and how the right dialogue can make them shine.

Worldbuilding: The Pyramid Approach — Tessa Gratton

To create a believable world—in fantasy and science fiction or other genres— we need a pyramid: a strong world base topped by character and then plot. We’ll discuss the “Novel Pyramid” and ways to develop multi-layered, breathing worlds inhabited by complicated, interesting people.

Bite-Size Memoir — Sasha Martin

The memoirist faces the daunting task of distilling an entire life into digestible form. We’ll look at memoir through the unique lens of food and cooking and discover how the details of a meal reveal character, relationships, social standing, and more—even in a non-food-centric work.

Novel Pitch Critique Sessions — Alexa Stark

Meet one-on-one with literary agent Alexa Stark for a critique of your novel’s pitch. Prepare a pitch of no more than 1 minute for your novel. Each session is 5 minutes long. Sessions are limited—enroll early to ensure a spot.

3:00 p.m.: READINGS AND EDITING WORKSHOPS

Invitational Readings

Deborah Crombie, Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sasha Martin, Keija Parssinen

Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops II*

Meet one on one with a Nimrod editor who will help you revise your work. Submit 2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction or nonfiction.Materials must be received by October 14th. Each one-on-one editing session is 15 minutes long.

4:00 p.m.: BOOK SIGNING

*Registrants may attend one morning panel discussion, one morning masterclass, and one afternoon masterclass, as well as the entire Invitational Reading from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Afternoon one-on-one editing participants may move to and from their sessions to the Invitational Readings as time permits.

The Saturday Conference pass includes workshops, panel discussions, readings, lunch (including vegetarian options), pitch sessions, and one-on-one editing sessions.

Full and partial scholarships are available, particularly for students. Scholarship recipients are asked to send in their registration fee ($10) with their registration form, and all scholarship recipients must pay this registration fee. For scholarship information, call 918-631-3080 or email nimrod@utulsa.edu .

 

Registration

Register online for Saturday’s Conference for Readers and Writers

OR

Print a registration form here and mail to

Nimrod International Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

 

Workshop Leaders

Jericho Brown, judge for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, is a Guggenheim Fellow and won the American Book Award for his first collection, Please. His second book is The New Testament, and his poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker , and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He teaches creative writing at Emory University. (Poetry)

Jessica Cavero, First Prize winner of Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, was a semi-finalist for the 2017 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Justin Torres. “Toguro” is her first published story. (Fiction)

Deborah Crombie is the New York Times-bestselling author of the seventeen-book Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series, the most recent of which is Garden of Lamentations. She is a Macavity Award for Best Novel winner and an Edgar Award nominee. (Mystery)

Tessa Dare is the New York Times-bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels, most recently Do You Want to Start a Scandal. She is a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award, including Best Historical Romance, in 2015, for Romancing the Duke . (Romance)

Tessa Gratton is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Blood Journals and Gods of New Asgard, and co-author, with Maggie Stiefvator and Brenna Yovanoff, of the YA writing books The Curiosities and The Anatomy of Curiosity. The Queens of Innis Lear, her first adult novel, will appear in 2018 from Tor. (YA Fantasy)

Sandra Hunter, Second Prize winner of Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, is the author of Small Change and Losing Touch. She won the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize and is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow. (Fiction)

Sasha Martin is the author of the memoir Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness, which grew out of her blog, Global Table Adventure. Her work has also appeared in National Geographic, Food and Wine, The Boston Globe, and People. She lives in Tulsa. (Memoir)

Mary Moore, Second Prize winner of Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, is the author of the collections Flicker, Eating the Light, and The Book of Snow. Her poetry has appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, and New Letters. (Poetry)

Eilis O’Neal, Nimrod’s Editor-in-Chief, is the author of the young adult fantasy novel The False Princess, which was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, as well as an ABC New Voices and ABC Best Book for Children selection. (Publishing, YA Fantasy)

Keija Parssinen is the author of the novels The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, winner of the Alex Award, and The Ruins of Us, winner of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her writing has appeared inThe Brooklyn Quarterly, Salon, The New Delta Review, Slice, and Marie Claire. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Tulsa. (Fiction)

Alexa Stark is a literary agent with Trident Media Group, where she represents a range of literary and upmarket fiction, as well as nonfiction. Before joining Trident, she worked at PEN American Center and Curtis Brown literary agency. (Literary Agent)

Laura van den Berg, judge for Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, is the author of the short story collectionsWhat the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novel Find Me. A finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, she is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University. (Fiction)

Mark Wagenaar, First Prize winner of Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, is the author of Voodoo Inverso, The Body Distances, and Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining, which won the 2016 Saltman Prize and will appear in spring 2018. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University. (Poetry)

A supplement to the biographical notes will be available at the conference and will introduce the one-on-one editors.

Registration

Register online for Saturday’s Conference for Readers and Writers

OR

Print a registration form here and mail to

Nimrod International Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

 
 
 
 
 
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