The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.