Schedule

This is the schedule from 2014. It is intended to serve as an example of the workshop structure. The final schedule for 2015 will not be available until shortly before the workshop.

2014 Alpha Workshop:

Friday, July 25 – 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 H., Diane – Village Hall

Saturday, July 26 – Day 2
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Rachel Swirsky presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Rachel Swirsky presentation – Village Hall
1:50 P.M. – 3:50 P.M. Writing studio, work on initial story ideas – Cassie – Village Hall
3:50 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Structuring Stories – Allison – 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 – Rachel H – Village Hall
7:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Sarah, Rachel H

Sunday, July 27 – Day 3
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Go over initial story ideas – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. Rachel Swirsky 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. – 7:00 P.M. How to Write a Short Story – Rachel H, Cassie – Village Hall
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Bookstore reading practice for anyone reading at B&N – Cassie – Village Hall
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Rachel R., Seth

Monday, July 28 – Day 4
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 and Bruce Coville – Fireside Lounge
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. – Narrative hook exercise – Fireside Lounge
3:00 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. – Staff Q&A – Fireside Lounge
3:45 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. – Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – Karina
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
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
9:15 P.M. – Arrive back at UPG

Tuesday, July 29 – Day 5
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Bruce Coville presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon. – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Tamora Pierce and Bruce Coville – Fireside Lounge
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Writing the Other – Rachel H – Fireside Lounge
3:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studio – Seth – find a comfortable place to write
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. Sentences presentation – David – Village Hall
6:50 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing studio – Seth, Cassie – find a comfortable place to write

Wednesday, July 30 – Day 6
Turn in first draft before 8:00 A.M.
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Read the Best Short Stories to Write the Best Short Stories – Diane – Village Hall
12:00 noon. – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Writing exercise – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M. Presentation – Karina – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Writing studio – Allison – find a comfortable place to write
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:45 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. – Writing studio – Allison, Rachel H. – find a comfortable place to write

Thursday, July 31 – Day 7
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Tobias Buckell presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Tobias Buckell presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Critique of first draft – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Dinner – Chambers Hall
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
9:15 P.M. – Arrive back at UPG

Friday, August 1 – Day 8
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast – Chambers Hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. Tobias Buckell presentation – Village Hall
12:00 noon – 12:50 P.M. Lunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Tobias Buckell presentation – Village Hall
2:00 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. Group photo! – outside Village Hall
2:50 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. Presentation – Sarah – Village Hall
3:20 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studio, find a comfortable place to write – David
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 – David, Thomas

Saturday, August 2 – Day 9
8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. Turn in polished, printed copy of second draft suitable for mailing.
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – Story submission party! – Village Hall
10:30 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. – Writing and Mental Health – Seth – Village Hall
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. – Brunch – Chambers Hall
1:00 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. – Presentation –Thomas – Village Hall
1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. – “Writing studio” – start your next project, or just relax! – Village Hall
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Slush Reading – Cassie – Village Hall
4:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. – “Writing studio” – start your next project, or just relax! – Village Hall
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Dinner – Chambers Hall
6:15 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Student feedback session – Village Hall
7:00 P.M. – Begin packing

Sunday, August 3 – Day 10
*** 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.