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11th Annual North Coast Redwoods Writers Conference 

September 16-17, 2011 

College of the Redwoods

Crescent City, CA

www.ncrwc.org 707.464.7457

CCoast Redwoods on Damnation Creek Trail image courtesy J.M.Renner

Scott William Carter's first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "touching and impressive debut" and won the prestigious 2011 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. His fantasy from Simon and Schuster, Wooden Bones, which chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio, is due out in the summer of 2012. His short stories have appeared in Analog, Ellery Queen, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales and dozens of other popular magazines and anthologies. www.scottwilliamcarter.com

Julian Lang has published many essays, articles, and poems, and has adapted several traditional Native creation stories for the stage. He is a member of the Karuk Tribe and is a descendant of the Wiyot People of Humboldt Bay and the Shasta People in Siskiyou County. Currently, he is the president of the board of the Ink People, a local arts agency in Humboldt County, CA, and is founder and director of the Institute of Native Knowledge, an organization committed to traditional and contemporary arts with a special emphasis on storytelling. He currently lives in McKinleyville with his wife, Native artist Lyn Risling.


Keynote Speaker Kate Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press,

editor of the Los Angeles Review and president of the American Composers Forum, LA. She is the author of five books of poetry (most recently, Mating Season, Tupelo Press), a novel Lake of Fire, and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis.

Her current projects include the co-written, nonfiction book Tameka vs. Susie Q, a creative nonfiction book Wild Horses, two new poetry collections and several librettos. She teaches poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in the low residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska, and serves on several nonprofit boards, including A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. www.kategale.com

Stefanie Freele is the author of the short story collection Feeding Strays (Lost Horse Press), a finalist in the John Gardner Binghamton University Fiction Award and ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award. She recently won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open Award. Her published and forthcoming fiction can be found in Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, Night Train, The Florida Review, Whitefish Review, Necessary Fiction, Pank, Word Riot and Corium Magazine. Stefanie is the Fiction Editor of the Los Angeles Review. www.stefaniefreele.com

Kat Meads is the author of Little Pockets of Alarm, The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan, Sleep, Born Southern and Restless, Not Waving, the forthcoming when the dust finally settles, and other books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her novel Sleep was long listed for the James Tiptree award and her short fiction collection Little Pockets of Alarm was runner-up for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize. She teaches in Oklahoma City University’s low-residency MFA program, and has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Artist Fellowship and several artist residencies, including at Millay Colony and the Montalvo Center for the Arts.


Matt Schumacher is a vagabond transplant who considers himself an Oregonian. His first collection of poetry, Spilling the Moon, was published by Wordcraft of Oregon in 2008, and his second collection, The Fire Diaries, was published by the same press in 2010. Three new projects -- Blueprints for Spiderwebs, favorite maritime drinking songs of the miraculous alcoholics, and Ghost Town Odes -- are in the works. His poems have recently appeared or will soon appear in North American Review, Vallum, ZYZZYVA, and Painted Bride Quarterly. He recently completed a Ph.D. in English and serves as poetry editor for a magazine of New Fabulism named Phantom Drift. www.mattschumacherpoetry.com


Kat Meads: What's Interesting About Me (To More Than Me) -- Memoir Writing Tips and exercises to turn the raw and chaotic material of memory into dramatic, compelling narratives that can be enjoyed and appreciated by more than the author's intimates. We'll cover basic techniques and strategies of memoir writing, including the all- important presentation of self. This workshop is for participants who've already started a memoir or autobiographical essay as well as for those considering the possibility. (Somewhat Hands-on)

Scott William Carter: 10 Reasons There's Never Been a Better Time to Be a Writer The conventional wisdom is that it's a tough time to be a writer. Why would anyone read a book when they can play video games or socialize on Facebook or whittle away their hours creating play lists on iTunes? On top of that, there's the worst recession in a generation, bookstores struggling to remain open, the trouble landing an agent, and the probable collapse of the book distribution system, and yet, there's never been a better time to be a writer. (Not Hands-on)

Julian Lang: “My Name Is Cameron Mealhouse" -- A Storytelling Workshop Often characters are names first. This workshop explores personal names: the who, what, where and how our names were given; how our names have made us who we are, and/or how we've avoided our given names. Participants will be asked to seek out, write about, and discuss place names, constellations, athletic teams, vehicles, military weapons, bugs, diseases, nicknames and more. (Somewhat Hands-on)

Matthew Schumacher: How to Write the Weird: The Whys, Hows, and Ways of Valuable Estrangements Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a sixteenth-century Italian painter, became famous for painting faces made of vegetables, fruit, sea creatures, and tree roots. Like Arcimboldo, workshop participants too may find that sudden weirdnesses of self-expression can be more than incredibly liberating; such seeming digressions might ultimately better their work. This workshop will reveal methods writers can use to valuably de-familiarize and otherwise add a wild side to their writing. (Somewhat Hands-on)

11:30-1:00 P.M.

Kat Meads: Setting up Conflict and Tension in Fiction and Memoir -- The Basics Readers love trouble (on the page). We keep reading to find out how fictional characters and memoirists deal with adversity. This workshop focuses on the importance of setting up conflict and tension from the get-go, both to capture the reader's immediate interest and to lay the groundwork for the kinds of escalating clashes that drive a story toward resolution. (Not Hands-on)

Scott William Carter: SCOOD: A Writer's Diagnostic Tool Having trouble breathing life into your fiction? Do readers tell you your manuscripts lack focus? Learn how you can use the SCOOD

technique (Situation + Character + Objective + Obstacle + Disaster) to both create a compelling setup for your fiction and to diagnose problems. Attendees will produce some text during the session. (Somewhat Hands-on)

Stefanie Freele: A Sea of Prompts This is an opportunity during the conference for hands-on writing. In a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, writers will hear and read

examples of excellent fiction. Related prompts and exercises will trigger new writing. Why wait for ideas to come? Beginners and experienced writers are welcome. Participants should be prepared to be creative and occasionally silly: Brace yourself for irrational jubilance. (Mostly Hands-on)

Kate Gale: Finding a Book Publisher is Like Finding a Bear in Manhattan That's how most people feel about finding a book publisher. Difficult. Impossible. Even if you find the bear, it will be caged up, and you won't get close enough to talk to it. There are steps that you, the writer, can take that will get your manuscript read by editors. That's what we'll talk about: Getting your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the right editor's hands. (Not Hands-on)

2:00-3:30 P.M.

Julian Lang: Stories I Have Known -- Exploring the Internet and Storytelling Everyone can tell his/her story today via Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, podcasts, blogs, and numerous Web sites devoted to stories of all types and kinds. This workshop will discuss ways to initiate Web sites that will provide opportunities for writers, storytellers and others. (Somewhat Hands-on)

Matthew Schumacher: Building Your Own Personal Avant-garde Arsenal Participants will experiment with the element of surprise as they explore dangerously revolutionary writing techniques from three potent insurrectionist twentieth century groups: the Surrealists, the Situationists, and Oulipo. Participants should be forewarned: this workshop may unlock their inner guerillas. Goals of this workshop include helping you add ludic possibility and subversive power to your creative process. (Somewhat Hands-on)

Stefanie Freele: The Peculiar Uncle Enters the Room -- Developing Character Lecture and study of stellar pieces of character-driven, published fiction by well-known and emerging writers. Exercises for the class will explore techniques to expose a compelling yet unpredictable and intriguing character. (Somewhat Hands-on)

Kate Gale: How to Find Your Inner Writer and Then Get That Work in Print We start with the idea that you have a story to tell and work with how to get that work on paper, how the editing process works, and then how to decide what's personal, what's public writing, what you want in print and how to get it there. Soul sharing is for journals; stories that invite the reader in are for publication. We will explore the beginning process of writing, how to get ourselves to move from good work to great work and then to editing that work. Later, we will move on to how to mail out that work and get published. At the very end, we’ll play around with editors, agents and book deals but it all starts with pen, paper, and imagination. (Somewhat Hands-on)


Friday, September 16, 2011

5:30 P.M. Attendee registration

6:00 Welcome

6:15 Panel Discussion: Literary Citizenship (to include Q & A)

7:15 Reading by Kat Meads

7:45 Reading by Matthew Shumacher

Saturday, September 17, 2011

8:00 A.M. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome

8:45 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Gale

9:30 Break

9:45-11:15 Concurrent Workshops

(1) Kat Meads What’s Interesting About Me (To More Than Me)--Memoir Writing

(2) Scott William Carter 10 Reasons There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a


(3) Julian Lang “My Name Is Cameron Mealhouse”-- A Storytelling Workshop

(4) Matthew Schumacher: How to Write the Weird

11:30-1:00 Concurrent Workshops

(5) Kat Meads Setting up Conflict and Tension in Fiction and Memoir-- The Basics

(6) Scott William Carter SCOOD; A Writer’s Diagnostic Tool

(7) Stefanie Freele A Sea of Prompts

(8) Kate Gale Finding a Book Publisher Is Like Finding a Bear in Manhattan

1:00-2:00 Catered Lunch

2:00-3:30 Concurrent Workshops

(9) Julian Lang Stories I Have Known-Exploring the Internet and Storytelling

(10) Matthew Schumacher Building Your Own Personal Avant-garde Arsenal

(11) Stefanie Freele The Peculiar Uncle Enters the Room- Developing Character

(12) Kate Gale How to Find Your Inner Writer and Then Get That Work in Print

3:40-4:30 Open Mic (sign-up, first-come, first-served, original work, 5 minute limit)

4:30-5:00 Books Sales and Wrap-up

WANT YOUR WORK CRITIQUED? This is your chance! For $50.00 you can have up to 10 pages or 3,000 words

critiqued by one of our conference faculty. On Friday, September 16, between 4:00 and 4:50 p.m., you will spend 20

minutes with a presenter who has already reviewed your piece of writing. Use standard page criteria: one-inch-margins,

12 point Times New Roman (or similar font), double-spaced (250-300 words per page). Your manuscript and $50.00

must be received by August 8, 2011. More information is available at www.ncrwc.org.

Our Sponsors:

Dr. Kevin Caldwell and Dr. Donna Sund, Coast Central Credit Union, College of the Redwoods-Del Norte, Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness,

Del Norte Historical Society, Del Norte Office Supply, Elk Valley Rancheria,Prof. Ken Letko, North Valley Bank, Poets & Writers, Inc., Gene Schach,

Smith River Rancheria

Steering Committee: Holly Austin, Lynn Durkee, Ken Letko, Mark Renner, Erica Silver and Holly Wendt

College of the Redwoods, Community Education

Landscape photos provided by Mark Renner and John Wendt

Registration Form: North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, Sep. 16-17, 2011

Full Name ______________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth ______________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________ City,State,Zip ______________________________________________________________________________

Phone (____________) _______________ - ______________________

Email _______________________________________________________

Workshops Selection

For each workshop time slot, specify your first and second choice of the workshop you wish to attend by filling in its corresponding number. A complete description of each workshop is provided in the brochure and at www.ncrwc.org/schedule.htm, but listed by presenter the workshops are:

Time Slot Workshops

1st Choice (by #) 2nd Choice (by #)

9:45-11:15 11:30-1:00 2:00-3:30

(1) Kat Meads

(2) Scott William Carter

(3) Julian Lang

(4) Matthew Schumacher

(5) Kat Meads

(6) Scott William Carter

(7) Stefanie Freele

(8) Kate Gale

(9) Julian Lang

(10) Matthew Schumacher

(11) Stefanie Freele

(12) Kate Gale

Want your manuscript critiqued?

For an additional $50.00 you can have up to 10 pages (not to exceed 3,000 words) of your work critiqued by a presenter. On Friday at 4:00 pm, you will get to spend 20 minutes with the presenter who has reviewed your manuscript for their personalized critique and feedback.

Format your manuscript as follows: One-inch margins; 12-point Times or Times New Roman font; double-spaced. Mail it to us soon; your manuscript must be received no later than Monday, August 8th, along with critique fee payment of $50.00 (this fee is in addition to the conference registration fee).

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