Schedule

2013 Alpha Workshop:

Wednesday, July 10 – Day 1
10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. Arrival—Franklin Hall (dormitory)
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Pizza – Franklin Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Official welcome and explanation of writing assignment, Theodora Goss presentation – Village Hall

Thursday, July 11 – Day 2
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Theodora Goss presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Theodora Goss presentation – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M Writing studio, work on initial story ideas

Friday, July 12 – Day 3
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Go over initial story ideas – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. How not to critique/How to critique – Fireside Lounge
2:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Critique of the Beta stories – Fireside Lounge
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. How to write a short story – Village Hall
7:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Bookstore reading practice and discussion – See Cassie

Saturday, July 13 – Day 4
Saturday, July 13 – Day 4
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Sentences presentation – DBK – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing Studio – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:15 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. Narrative hook exercise – Village Hall
6:45 P.M. – 7:30 – Emotional Arcs – Rachel – Village Hall
7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio – find a comfortable place to write

Sunday, July 14 – Day 5
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon. – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:30 Meet at parking lot near Franklin Hall for ride to bookstore.
2:00 P.M. – 4:45 P.M. Bookstore reading
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:15 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Student feedback session – Village Hall
6:45 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. Character relationships presentation – Abby – Village Hall
7:15 P.M. – 7:45 P.M. Creating Conflict – Sam – Village Hall
7:45 P.M. – 8:15: P.M. – Life After Alpha – Jackie – Village Hall
8:15 P.M. – Writing Studio

Monday, July 15 – Day 6
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon. – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Writing the Other – Seth – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier presentation – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studios – find a comfortable place to write
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio – find a comfortable place to write

Tuesday, July 16 – Day 7
Turn in First Draft before 8:00 A.M.
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. What turns you on? – Malina – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studios – find a comfortable place to write
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Believable Magic – Marina – Village Hall

Wednesday, July 17 – Day 8
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Village Hall
11:20 A. M. – 11:50 A.M. Staff Q&A – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Critique of first draft – Powers Hall Rooms 115, 116, 119, 120
5:00 P.M. – 5:50 P.M. Dinner
6:30 P.M. – Meet at parking lot near Franklin Hall for ride to bookstore
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Bookstore reading
9:45 P.M. – Back to UPG

Thursday, July 18 – Day 9
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 P.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Village Hall
11:20 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Cutting presentation – Lauren – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studios: pointed focus on second draft – many locations
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:15 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Student feedback session – Village Hall
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Submitting – DBK – Village Hall

Friday, July 19 – Day 10
8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. Turn in polished, printed copy of second draft suitable for mailing.
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. – Markets, Awards, and Conventions – DBK et al. – Village Hall
11:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. – Science in Science Fiction – Diane – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 1:00 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. – Publishing and Madness – Sarah – Village Hall
1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. – Mike Grinti and Rachel Grinti – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Slush Reading – Cassie – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Dinner

Saturday, July 20 – Day 11
*** NO BREAKFAST
10:00 A.M. – 11:30 – Story submission party! – Village Hall
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Brunch
1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. – Student reading free-for-all – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Dinner
6:00 P.M. Begin packing

Sunday, July 21 – Day 12
*** Breakfast will be delivered to Village Hall, time TBD
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 – Pack and clean
10:00 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.