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Friday - September 30, 2022

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.                      Registration

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.                      Cash Bar

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.                      Welcome and Banquet Dinner

6:45 – 7:30 p.m.                      Presenter: Carol Dunbar

Topic: Guided by Voice: How Listening to Your Characters Can Help You Find the Story

In her book on writing craft, Vivian Gornick makes a distinction between the situation and the story that applies whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose. One has to do with the outer life, the other, the inner. Author Carol Dunbar shares her discoveries about this process while developing a rotating, third-person voice for her first novel, The Net Beneath Us. Learn about employing psychological distance, how to use nature to inform emotion, and how to mine your failed drafts for clues about the inner story that’s lying beneath the surface, waiting to be found. 

7:45 – 8:30 p.m.                      Presenter: Michael Charette – Laughing Fox

Topic: Tales of Laughing Fox

Tales of Laughing Fox is a collection of musical imagery featuring original Native American flute music. A musical journey of assortments of flutes and stories, haunting melodies of this true sounding instrument will carry you into other worlds. With over 20 flutes in his collection, each one has its own voice, its own song, and its own spirit.  Bapii Waagosh (Laughing Fox) weaves traditional stories of the Anishinaabe people and his own experiences. 

Saturday - October 1, 2022

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.                      Registration

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.                      Welcome

8:10 – 9:00 a.m.                      Presenter: Emily Stone

Topic: Natural Connections: Building Empathy for Nature through Language and Story

Words have the power to change the way we think and feel about the natural world. This talk will cover ways to build empathy between our readers, ourselves, and nature by applying the grammar of animacy and by using the power of story to make science come alive. We’ll also consider how the celebration of diversity in nature can be extended toward diversity in our human communities as we meditate of author Daniel Quinn’s idea that “there is no one right way to live.” 

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.                    Keynote Presentation: Thomas Peacock

Topic: Talking Story - Place and Time in the Indigenous Experience.

The Indigenous experience is at once triumph and tragedy, complex, and full of truths as well contradictions. Capturing these realities in any genre requires a keen awareness of all of these things, and more, and those who live it can best understand it.  

10:10 – 10:40 a.m.                  Break for Exhibit Review

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.                  Presenter: Gary J. Boelhower, PhD

Topic: Process Follows Purpose

The celebrated architect Louis Sullivan coined the wise principle "form follows function" and his student Frank Lloyd Wright changed the phrase to "form and function are one."  Gary looks at the craft of writing in two ways. First, in terms of the diverse projects over the course of his writing life—from non-fiction to poetry to children’s stories. From this perspective, the process of writing is formed by the purpose of the particular project. Second, in terms of the granular level of the paragraph, sentence, phrase. This perspective reveals a constant set of priorities—focusing on story, metaphor and sound.

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Panel Discussion: Tips and Tactics for Writing Across Genres 

Fiction/Historical Fiction – Jan Jenson, publishes as Janet Kay. Books include Amelia 1868, Waters of the Dancing Sky, and Rainy Lake Rendezvous.

Poetry – Sheila Packa. Duluth’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012. Has four books of poems published. 

Nonfiction/Memoir – Christy Wopat. Award-winning author of Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies.

Screenwriting – Dale Botten. His screenplay “ALAMO DULUTH: Anatomy of a Lynching” won the Grand Prize at the 2010 Screenwriters Expo in Los Angeles. It was retitled in 2015 to “Hate Storm” and it won the Screenplay of Merit Award at the Catalina Film Festival.

Children’s Book Author/Illustrator – Chris Monroe.  Chris is the author of seven picture books. She has also illustrated books for authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy. She has a comic strip called “Violet Days” that has been in print for over 19 years.

12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.           Break for Lunch

1:10 – 2:00 p.m.                      Presenter: Thomas Wayne King

Topic: Information, Inspiration & Laughs as We Explore that Pernicious Uncertainty We All Encounter    

Across genres, writers ponder the always-vexing question: AM I DONE YET?  Ideas in this session will help you embrace that complex reality inherent with all writing projects. How to know when your works are completed may involve more variables than you think. Join Tom, a versatile, multi-genre author, folk composer, skier, hiker and karateka, as he leads you through aspects of DONE, whatever your literary projects. Share some word-nerd laughs, sample diverse points of view, and engage to retain all you can. Tom gives you his full notes, so you can enjoy and not have to scribble so fast. You may view your own works in different ways after this session…and get DONE.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                      Exhibit Review

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.                      Presenter: Naomi Musch

Topic: The Writer’s Guide to the W.I.L.D. Side: How to Track Down and Capture the Heart and Soul of Your Story

If there’s anything worse than getting stuck at a plot point in your story, it might be when you’ve wandered off course and realize you haven’t captured the depth or emotion you were aiming for. There’s some nuance, some connection with character, some layer that has slithered from your grasp, whispering that you haven’t yet laid hold of the story’s heart and soul. In this session, we’ll learn keys to help you track down the trouble, snare the soul of your story and, as a result, captivate the heart of your reader.

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.                      Panel Discussion: Partners for Success

Featuring these literary trade professionals:

Publisher & Editor Jim Perlman, Holy Cow! Press 

Publisher Elizabeth (Betsy) Albert-Peacock, Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing

Illustrator/Artist/Author Sam Zimmerman

Editor/Publisher/Illustrator Marlene Wisuri, Dovetail Press 

Publishing Generalist and Author Relations Sean Malone, Orange Hat Publishing

4:20 – 4:30 p.m.                      Door Prizes (must be present to win) & Adjournment 

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