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10:15-11:15 Bill Brown (poet)—The Story of Your Life
"John Barth said, 'The story of your life is not your life; it's your story.' Poets and non-fiction writers, come armed with pen and paper to hunt your stories, real and imagined. Fiction writers, bring a few characters to listen to during this hands-on talk."
12:30-2 Lunch on own. (Pick up the map of local eateries from the registration table)
2-3 Linda Busby Parker (fiction)—Creating Tension
3:15-4:15 Claudia Barnett (playwright)— Everybody Lies ... So Why Listen?
"Good dialogue is not exposition; it may be just the opposite—a challenge to readers to sharpen their detective skills. How can conversation convey the truth without stating the facts? We'll talk about, and try out, crafting dialogue for revelation and obfuscation."
4:30-5:30 Karen Alea Ford (Director of The Writer's Loft)/Graduate Kim Teter—Middle Tennessee Writers, Do We Have What it Takes?
"With the demise of many writing organizations across Middle Tennessee and the lack of funds for the humanities, are local writers doomed? Or with the opening of Ann Patchett's bookstore, Parnassus, and the talent displayed today, are we reinventing ourselves?—KAF
Graduation reading from Kim Teter. She will be reading from her historical novel manuscript, Isabella's Libretto.
5:30-7 Dinner and Kevin Wilson (keynote)—"The Possible Necessity of Failure: An Examination of the Writing Life"
"My writing became better, or at least more willing to take chances, when I accepted (and even expected) the possibility of failure. No writer likes to think about the work falling apart, becoming less than what we intended, but perhaps there is a way to not just move past these failures, but to consider them a necessary, important part of the process. I'll talk about my own experiences, still embarrassing to consider, of my own failure and how it lead me to the work that I'd hoped for in the first place."