Schedule

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.