Program Details

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2014 Detailed Schedule

(preliminary schedule; final program subject to change):

Monday, October 20:

breakfast7:00 – 10:00 PM – Orientation, poolside cocktail reception

Our meet-and-greet poolside cocktail reception allows students and faculty to get acquainted and mingle, but also prepares everyone for the days ahead – how to get the most out of the workshops, writing sessions, panel discussions, and one-on-one times slated for the week.


Tuesday, October 21:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

DSC011678:30 – Ferry to island

Your spouse or family may join you on the island later in the day if they wish; ferries depart for Salt Cay at 8:30, 10:30, 1:30, and 3:30; return to Paradise Island at 9:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 4:00

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

9:30 – 10:00 – Panel Discussion: TBA

10:00 – 12:00 Island Tour 

DSC0121612:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island

Sample Lunch Menu: chicken burger, veggie burger, angus burger, salad, fries, fresh fruit; spinach salad, tossed salad with guava vinaigrette, grilled chicken breast, sauteed fish with onions, vegetable rice, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, mini pastries

1:00 – 1:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

1:30 – 2:00 - Panel Discussion: TBA

2:00 – 6:00 – Dolphin Swims, Free Time

DSC015376:00 – Ferry to hotel, dinner on your own, free time


Wednesday, October 22:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

8:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop: Dialogue

DSC01487In the Wednesday workshop, we will discuss dialogue – its uses and misuses, its possibilities and limitations, and its potential for conveying character, conflict, and subtext.  As part of the manuscript critique during this session, writers will discuss the author’s use of dialogue in his or her manuscript.

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

1:30 – 6:00 – Structured Writing / One-on-One Consultations, Free Time

DSC06877Structured Writing: two 45-minute blocks of writing time, with your fellow participants sitting near you, also writing, will encourage your creative spirit – whether it’s working on what you’ve learned in this day’s lesson, revising the pages you had critiqued, or using the extraordinary setting to write something new, the time is yours to write.

One-on-One Consultations: A chance for each participant to sit down one-on-one with one of the faculty to discuss your manuscript in detail.

6:00 – Ferry to hotel

DSC012937:30 – 9:30 – Dinner excursion to Nassau’s world-famous “Fish Fry” on Arawak Cay 

(transportation only to Arawak Cay provided; students purchase their meal from their choice of dozens of unique, colorful kiosks and restaurants)

Named after the original West Indian inhabitants of the islands, Arawak Cay offers a staple in Bahamian culture known as the Fish Fry. A stroll through Arawak Cay reveals seafood delights such as conch salad, scorched conch, conch fritters, cracked conch, grilled shrimp, grilled lobster tails, and a variety of fish dishes. All are prepared with an elegant blend of spices.

DSC06829Much of the flavor comes from the addition of limes, which Bahamians call “sour”, and hot peppers. Bahamians, traditionally, are lovers of hot and spicy foods. The hot peppers found in their cuisine are given names such as bird pepper and goat pepper. So, if you have a low tolerance for the hot spices, be sure to ask for the mild version.

 

Thursday, October 23:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

8:30 – Ferry to island

988311_376811389116760_1968634661_n9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop:Voice

In the Thursday workshop, we will focus on the importance of establishing voice in the first pages of a manuscript.  Participants will consider sentence structure, rhythm, word choice, and point of view.  The manuscripts critiqued on this day will be considered within the framework of this topic.

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 –  Panel Discussion: TBA 

1:30 – 4:00 - Participatory Exercise: The Voice of Emotion [Anger, Joy]

This highly structured workshop will focus on the kinds of words, syntax, and punctuation that you can use to describe scenes of heightened emotion – as well as how different people/characters use different vocabulary and sentence structure to describe scenes of similar emotional impact.  After participating in this workshop, you’ll have new tools to bring to once-familiar events.  Incorporating all five senses in your prose is a simple way to lend your manuscript immediacy.  Similarly, knowing which point of view to use – first person, second person, or third person – is crucial to building a believable and compelling world on the page.

kris small4:00 – 6:00Structured Writing / One-on-One Consultations, Free Time

Structured Writing: two 45-minute blocks of writing time, with your fellow participants sitting near you, also writing, will encourage your creative spirit – whether it’s working on what you’ve learned in this day’s lesson, revising the pages you had critiqued, or using the extraordinary setting to write something new, the time is yours to write.

One-on-One Consultations: A chance for each participant to sit down one-on-one with one of the faculty to discuss your manuscript in detail.

6:00 – Ferry to hotel, dinner on your own, free time

 

Friday, October 24:

DSC015017:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

8:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop: Scenes versus Exposition

In the Friday workshop, we will begin to think about some of the macro components of storytelling. Specifically, we will reflect on the balance of scenes and exposition. When is it best to write a fully-fledged scene? When is it more advantageous to relay information through exposition? This workshop seeks to answer these questions, and more.

DSC0134012:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

1:30 - 6:00 - Structured Writing / One-on-One Consultations

Structured Writing: two 45-minute blocks of writing time, with your fellow participants sitting near you, also writing, will encourage your creative spirit – whether it’s working on what you’ve learned in this day’s lesson, revising the pages you had critiqued, or using the extraordinary setting to write something new, the time is yours to write.

One-on-One Consultations: A chance for each participant to sit down one-on-one with one of the faculty to discuss your manuscript in detail.

6:00 – Ferry to hotel, dinner on your own, free time

 

Saturday, October 25:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

DSC013918:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop: Momentum & Pacing

In the Saturday workshop, writers will examine their projects from a bird’s eye view, mapping their plots cartographically and learning how to effectively generate suspense – the driving force of almost any book, irrespective of the genre. The manuscripts considered on this day will be viewed through this lens.

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 – Panel Discussion: TBA

1:30 – 6:00 – Free time

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6:00 – 9:00 – Closing festivities and island feast with authentic Bahamian entertainment

Menu: Bahamian conch chowder, fresh roasted corn, jerk chicken, grilled fish with onions, bell peppers and plantain, beans and rice, potato salad, coconut and raisin rolls, grilled vegetables, Bahamian coconut and pineapple tarts, beer, wine, mixed drinks

 

Sunday, October 26:

Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel at your leisure; final farewells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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