Workshop Schedule

2015 Alpha Workshop

Thursday, July 23 – Day 1
10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. Arrival and key distribution – meet in Franklin Hall (one of our two dorms)
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Pizza – Franklin Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Official welcome and explanation of writing assignment – Rachel, Thomas, Seth – Village Hall

Friday, July 24 – Day 2
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:20 P.M. Group photo! – Village Hall
2:30 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. How to Write a Short Story – Rachel, Seth – Village Hall
3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Writing studio, work on initial story ideas – Seth – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 7:15 P.M How not to critique/How to critique – Staff – Village Hall
7:15 P.M. – 7:45 P.M. Student Feedback Session
7:45 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – David, Stephanie

Saturday, July 25 – Day 3
9:30 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Go over initial story ideas – Village Hall
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Brunch – Chambers Hall
12:45 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Village Hall
2:30 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Demo critiques of second year stories – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Bookstore reading practice for anyone reading at B&N – Diane – Village Hall
6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Ray, Rachel

Sunday, July 26 – Day 4
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Narrative hook exercise – Village Hall
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Brunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. – Sentences – David – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. – Presentation – Ray – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. – Staff Q&A, Student Feedback Session – Village Hall
3:45 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. – Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Thomas
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Bookstore reading practice for anyone reading at B&N – Diane – Village Hall
6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio – Karina, Cassie – find a comfortable place to write
8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Staff Meeting in Village

Monday, July 27 – Day 5
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Fireside Lounge
11:15 A.M. -11:50 A.M. Group photo! – Fireside Lounge
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. – Tamora Pierce presentation – Fireside Lounge
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Pitches and Queries – Lara – Fireside Lounge
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studio – Lara – find a comfortable place to write
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – Meet at parking lot near Franklin Hall for ride to bookstore
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Bookstore reading
9:15 P.M. – Arrive back at UPG

Tuesday, July 28 – Day 6
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Fireside Lounge
11:15 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Presentation – Cassie – Fireside Lounge
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Fireside Lounge
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Writing the Other – Seth – Fireside Lounge
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studio – Seth, Rachel – find a comfortable place to write
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15  P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Setting – Lara – Village Hall
7:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio – Stephanie, Ray – find a comfortable place to write

Wednesday, July 29 – Day 7
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 10:50 A.M. The Publishing World – Stephanie – Village Hall
11:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M – “So What?” – Thomas – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Cassie – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio, find a comfortable place to write – Ray, Karina

Thursday, July 30 – Day 8
Turn in first draft before 8:00 A.M.
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M – 2:50 P.M. Writing and Mental Health – Seth and Rachel
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Revision and Editing – Karina –Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 5:50 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – David, Thomas

Friday, July 31 – Day 9
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:20 P.M. Group photo! – outside Village Hall
2:30 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Critique of first draft – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 5:50 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Seth, Stephanie

Saturday, August 1 – Day 10
9:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Writing studio – revise, start a new project, or relax! – Village Hall
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Brunch – Chambers Hall
12:40 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.  Writing studio – revise, start a new project, or relax! – Village Hall
3:50 P.M – 4:50 P.M. Story submission party! – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Student feedback session – Thomas and Rachel – Village Hall
7:00 P.M. – Begin packing

Sunday, August 2 – Day 11
*** Breakfast will be delivered to Village Hall, time TBD
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. – Pack and clean
10:00 A.M. Depart for the Airport

Writing Studio
Writing Studio can be and is a many-colored thing. It can be:

  • “Go write”
  • Dissect story ideas
  • Examine story problems
  • Critique an in-progress story

or all of the above. If there are specific plans for a Writing Studio time slot it will appear on the schedule. Otherwise it means “go work on your story.”

Note:
Many of the evening activities are optional. If you need the time to write or sleep then do so.