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Creative Writing Celebration

creative-writing-870x579The University of Tulsa Department of English launches the creative writing major with a celebration of the literary arts Sept. 23-24, 2016.

Join acclaimed authors Rilla Askew, Vu Tran, Benjamin Lytal, Trudy Lewis, Lindsay Smith, Katie Rain Hill and Eilis O’Neal for a weekend of panel discussions, workshops, readings and a keynote address on “The Personal & Political Stakes of Storytelling After War” by former U.S. Marine and National Book Award Winner Phil Klay.

If you have questions, please call 918-631-2814.

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Student & Alumni Reading
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mainline Bar – 111 N. Main

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Tulsa in the Literary Imagination
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Tyrrell Hall

Keynote – The Personal & Political Stakes of Storytelling After War with Phil Klay
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Tyrrell Hall

phil-klay-web-sm2Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2014 Klay’s short story collection Redeployment won the National Book Award for Fiction.  He was also shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and named a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree. In 2015 he received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundations James Webb award for fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, the Chautauqua Prize, and the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing.

Cosponsored by The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities and Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Tyrrell Hall

Saturday afternoon features a choice of five workshops. These are scheduled concurrently, so you can only attend one session. Please register for the session you wish to attend.

Benjamin Lytal
Reading Like a Writer

Reading got us into this. Now, we need to talk frankly about how reading supports and expands the writing life. We’ll discuss the role of instinct, discovery, the paradoxes of taste and the interplay of sympathy and criticality for the writer-reader. Also: the nuts and bolts of conducting your reading life, the time it takes, reading for inspiration, building a personal canon and staying hungry for the contemporary. We’ll also touch on book reviewing, the writer’s chronic sideline: how to be a good critic and, more generally, how to share what we find in books with others.

Eventbrite - Reading Like a Writer with Benjamin Lytal

Trudy Lewis
Out Of Character

Where do fiction writers find the inspiration for their characters? In this workshop, we will look at a varied cast of characters created by writers such as Sherman Alexie, Suzanne Collins, Michael Czyzniejewski and Kelly Link. Then, we will participate in a group activity and create characters of our own.

Eventbrite - Out Of Character with Trudy Lewis

Vu Tran
Why We Tell Stories

As writers, when we ask that most fundamental of questions — Why do we tell stories? — we are also asking ourselves why stories are important to us and what that answer says about us individually and collectively. This workshop will address these questions through a conversation about Christopher Booker’s Seven Basic Plots and the ways we use stories to organize our ideas about ourselves and the world around us, whether we are writers or the audience for them.

Eventbrite - Why We Tell Stories with Vu Tran

Lindsay Smith
Writing Compelling YA

Today’s Young Adult market features a wide array of genres, voices and stories, but to be considered YA, a story should still draw on some core themes. We will explore these themes in depth and look at how your story can be shaped to serve the YA audience. Please bring a story pitch (one to two sentences is fine) for development.

Eventbrite - Writing Compelling YA with Lindsay Smith

Grant Jenkins
Doing Stuff with Words (Poetry)

Like paint or clay, words have materiality and beauty in and of themselves, but because of their meaning, they can also act like fulcrums of movement and change. In this workshop, we’ll walk the line between aesthetics and politics and work to bring a balance of both to your poetry.

Eventbrite - Doing Stuff with Words (Poetry) with Grant Jenkins

Saturday Evening

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tyrrell Hall