9:00-10:15       Welcome & introductions

10:30 – 12:00  Small group critiques

We will meet in small groups led by a faculty member. Each person will receive a 30-40 minute critique of their 25 pages.

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-3:30         Small group critiques continued

3:30–6:00        On your own (write, visit, take a walk)

6:00-7:00         Dinner

Followed by free time or informal “get to know you” session and “open mic” to share first pages .



8:00-8:45         Breakfast

9:00-10:15       Stephan Fraser: Make Your Words Sing

Stephan will discuss his approach to addressing why some editors call books ‘too quiet.’ He’ll bring strong, resonant examples; have participants write poems as a way to get a sense of language, and work on strengthening word choices and usage and their powerful effect on young readers.

10:30 -12:00    Emma Dryden and Harold Underdown: Case Studies in Revision

Presenting specific revision experiences, talking about what revision methods/tools have been used successfully and unsuccessfully, participants will share specific examples from their manuscripts.

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00–4:00        On your own (write, visit, take a walk)

4:00 – 6:00      Tiffany Liao: Mirrors, Windows & Doors

Fundamentals to Writing Diverse Fiction Authentically and Respectfully: With the growing emphasis on diverse stories, it’s become more important than ever to accurately and respectfully portray characters from a wide variety of experiences. But if you’re supposed to “write what you know,” how can one write convincingly from a perspective outside of your own? Tiffany will present a craft-oriented approach to writing diversity as it relates to character, plot, and voice, followed by contributions from other faculty plus wine and cheese.

6:00-7:00        Dinner and Night at the Movies

After dinner we’ll all watch a movie adaptation of a popular teen or Middle Grade story. Attendees will be notified of the movie title in the summer as we will follow the movie viewing with a discussion of the book and its adaption.



8:00-9:00         Breakfast

9:00-10:30       Faculty: Favorite Scenes

This session will focus on great scenes. Faculty members will present favorite scenes and explain why they like them. We will talk about what constitutes a scene and how to transition from one scene to another.

10:45-12:00     Harold Underdown: Reader Response

Exploring what authors need to understand about how readers respond to and experience a story. Writers will bring a chapter from their work in progress available for an exercise in reading, listening, and responding.

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:15 -2:45        Emma Dryden and Harold Underdown: Specific Revision Tools

Emma will discuss the Character Interview and Character Checklist; Harold will discuss the Revision Grid. Writing exercises included.

3:00-4:15         Faculty: Editing

Faculty will edit first and last pages before our very eyes and discuss the editing process.

4:15–6:00        On your own (write, visit, take a walk)

6:00-7:00         Dinner

Followed by free time or informal get together – Cards Against Humanity? Speed Scrabble? Wine? Chocolate?



8:00-9:00         Breakfast

9:15-11:00       Check back with critiques

Time to check back with your small groups and talk about lessons learned and next steps.

11:15-11:30     Last words

Inspirations from faculty and reflections from participants, naming goals, thank yous, and goodbyes.