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2013 Week Of Writing Schedule

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Overview | Location | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday


Overview

 

Monday, May 20th

Marathon Reading

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Pitfall! What writers and videogame designers need to know about each other

2:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center


Tuesday, May 21st

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

When Readers and Editors Attack! How to Stand Up for What You Write

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center


Wednesday, May 22nd

Marathon Reading

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Journey and Coming of Age in the Fiction of Nathan Leslie

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Strange and Familiar Places in Young Adult Fiction

2:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Saturnalia Books and CWP Reading

3:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center


Thursday, May 23rd

What’s all the (Y)Awping about?

11:00 am – 12:20 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Flavor Profiles and Food Porn: why we just can’t get enough

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Landmark Reception

5:30-7:30 pm

Landmark Americana, 34th and Market Streets


Friday, May 24th

Slam Bam Thank You Ma’am!

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Maya Book Release and Open Mic!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

English Department Awards Ceremony

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Paul Peck Alumni Center


MORE DETAILS COMING! STAY TUNED!



Monday, May 20th

Marathon Reading

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Student winners of the WoW Writing Contest, as well as faculty members, read from their own original creative writing. Each reading is followed by questions and comments from the audience as the writers talk about the inspiration and decisions that made the pieces possible.Pitfall! What writers and videogame designers need to know about each other

2:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Moderators: Marshall Warfield and Nicole Kline

Pitfall! What writers and videogame designers need to know about each other

In 2008, the Writers Guild of America presented its first award for Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing, and that same year the New York Times added “Video Games” as a distinct feature of it Arts section. In the five years since, many successful authors have gone “Game” the way authors of past generations went “Hollywood.” As writers work with video game studios, what do they need to know about video game design and its processes? Inversely, what do designers need to understand about writing and its processes? Where do design and writing intersect? Where do they diverge? This panel will bring together video game writers, journalists, and designers to discuss these questions and more.

2:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Moderators:

Marshall Warfield joined Drexel’s faculty in 2009, and since then has taught classes on the craft of composition and the craft of poetry. He serves on the editorial board of the wonderful literary magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly; He is faculty reader and workshop facilitator for the Drexel Writing Center; He also assists with pedagogy and faculty development through leading a teaching circle and serving on the Writing Assessment Advisory Committee.

Nicole Kline is the Senior Editor at Warp Zoned.

Panelists:

Christopher Grant is editor-in-chief of Polygon, a website dedicated to covering every angle of the video game industry. He previously served as editor-in-chief at AOL / Huffington Post’s flagship gaming site, Joystiq for over six years. He lives in Philadelphia and works in New York City.

William Stallwood

Nicole Kline is the Senior Editor at Warp Zoned.

Amanda Lange is the Online Community Manager for GameSprout at Schell Games in Pittsburgh. She is an alumni of Bowling Green State University and of Michigan State University, where she worked on serious games for learning and research and wrote her masters thesis on games and storytelling. She is an active games critic, and staff contributor to www.tap-repeatedly.com.


Tuesday, May 21st

The Brick Through the Window: Writing into Controversial Issues

All writers expect some criticism. High-profile issues, however, pose risks that go well-beyond a bad review or sarcastic facebook comments.  Writers may receive threats to their lives and livelihoods; so may the people whose stories they tell. So why do it? In this panel, writers will discuss their own experiences with controversy and how it shapes their writing.

11:00 am – 12:20

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Panelists:

Seamus McGraw, a free-lance journalist whose The End of Country deals with fracking and its social and environmental impact;

Dr. Robert Kane, a Drexel professor whose work Jammed Up focuses on police misconduct and the New York City Police Department.

Monica Yant Kinney is the Executive Director, Communications and External Affairs, for the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. Monica joined the Inquirer in 1996 and was named a metro columnist in 2001 at the age of 30. She puts so many miles on her car roaming the region she finally bought a Prius. Monica has covered suburban trends and Philadelphia city government and, for two years, focused exclusively on crime, color and characters of South Jersey. In the early 1990s, she  expensed her cable bill while she was the television critic at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. Monica is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., but now lives with her husband (a fellow Notre Dame grad), and their two young children in a very old house in Haddonfield.

When Readers and Editors Attack! How to Stand Up for What You Write

There’s no cure for rude online commenters or overbearing editors. So what happens when you send your carefully selected and worried-over words out into the world, only to have them viciously attacked in the comments section, or “tweaked” and rearranged by a ruthless magazine or book editor? A panel of experienced Philadelphia writers (and editors!) shares funny, helpful stories about battles with readers AND editors. Writers will walk away with tips on how to “defend” their work in print and online, and hear how tough exchanges can be constructively redirected.

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Moderator: Kathleen Volk Miller, writes essays and fiction, with work in publications such as SalonThe New York Times, and Family Circle. She is a weekly blogger (Thursdays) for Philadelphia Magazine’s Philly Post. She is currently working on My Gratitude, a collection of essays. Volk Miller is co-editor of Drexel Publishing Group, and an Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University. Recently, Kathleen Volk Miller was named a Creative Connector by Leadership Philadelphia.

Panelists:

Liz Spikol is a writer and editor who, when asked to describe herself in a third-grade essay, wrote, “Philadelphia is the best city ever.” For better or worse, she still feels the same way.

Joel Mathis is a contributing editor to Philadelphia Magazine’s The Philly Post. He’s a freelance writer whose work also regularly appears in Macworld Magazine and in Scripps Howard News Service papers across the country. A longtime reporter and editor in Kansas, he won the 2005 Online News Association award for commentary.

Janine White is a digital editor for Philadelphia magazine’s phillymag.com. She oversees daily news + opinion posts for the website, which means her days include everything from Center City prostitution and City Hall to Bradley Cooper and the favorite restaurants of Philly philanderers. Follow her on Twitter @phillyjanine.

Vicki Glembocki, who appeared on Oprah as one of “the boldest moms in the country,” is the author of the memoir The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally(DaCapo). She’s an award-winning magazine writer and essayist, a writer-at-large for Philadelphia Magazine, and a blogger (a.k.a. “Blunt Force Mama” at vickiglembocki.blogspot.com). Her articles have appeared in many publications including PlayboyLadies Home Journal,ParentsThe Daily BeastWomen’s HealthMore, and Fit Pregnancy. She has a BA in English and an MFA in nonfiction writing, both from Penn State, has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, led seminars at conferences, lectured in college classes, sung karaoke, and performed in more than 100 plays and musicals (including two where she danced on stage naked). She lives in just outside Philadelphia in Westmont, New Jersey–with her very patient husband, Thad, and her daughters, Blair, 8, and Drew, 6, and Camille 20 months-of-terror.

 


Wednesday, May 22nd

Marathon Reading

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Student winners of the WoW Writing Contest, as well as faculty members, read from their own original creative writing. Each reading is followed by questions and comments from the audience as the writers talk about the inspiration and decisions that made the pieces possible.

Panelists: TBA

Journey and Coming of in the Fiction of Nathan Leslie

Journey and coming of age are culturally prevalent themes and vital stories for us all; think Ratatouille, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Life of Pi. In this event, Nathan Leslie will talk about bringing to life his new novel, The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice.  This, his first novel, traces the early life and coming of age of an orphan who is raised by a series of relatives that are scattered about the country. The story is told through Tommy’s engaging and child-serious voice. In addition to reading from and discussing his novel, Leslie will talk about writing thematically-connected short story collections.  During Q and A, you’ll get the chance to ask Leslie your own questions about writing and publishing.

In addition to The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice, Nathan Leslie has published six books of short fiction and a book of poems. Sibs (Aqueous Books) is a story collection that will be out in October. Leslie was the series editor for Dzanc Books’ annual Best of the Web anthology and is the former fiction editor of Pedestal Magazine. Currently he’s fiction editor for Newport Review. He lives in Northern Virginia, and teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Moderator:

Valerie Fox‘s books of poetry include The Rorschach Factory (Straw Gate Books) and The Glass Book(Texture Press). Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press), is a collaborative work with Arlene Ang. Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, co-written with Lynn Levin, is just out; it’s a practical guide aimed at both beginning and experienced poets. Fox’s poetry has been published in West Branch, Hanging Loose, 5_Trope, Feminist Studies, Apiary, Sentence, qarrtsiluni, and many others. She was a founding editor of 6ix and Press 1. Originally from central Pennsylvania, she has traveled and lived throughout the world, and has taught writing and literature at numerous universities including Sophia University (in Tokyo) and currently at Drexel University (in Philadelphia).

Panelists: TBA

Strange and Familiar Places in Young Adult Fiction

Explores the complexities of conducting and incorporating research to create a sense of time and place in YA fiction. Attention to setting is crucial for any writer, but readers often overlook the breadth of historical, scientific, and philosophical inquiry that culminates in successful settings.  Panelists include: Beth Kephart, who will speak on the surprises and challenges of bringing 19th-century Philadelphia to life in Dangerous Neighbors (2010) and Dr. Radway’s Sarsaparilla Resolvent (2013); Eliot Schrefer, whoseEndangered (2012) depicts a bonobo sanctuary as war breaks out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Rita Williams-Garcia, who will describe her research process in recreating the Black Power Movement in 1968 Oakland forOne Crazy Summer (2011) and its sequel in Brooklyn P.S. Be Eleven (2013).  Join us to discuss the craft of translating not just physical and geographical detail, but larger social and political contexts to the page.

2:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Moderator:

Dee McMahon’s research centers primarily on 19th-century British literature and culture, often with an eye toward empire, critical race studies and analyses of material culture. She has published and presented on the jingoism of late nineteenth-century “books for boys”; the narrative construction of maternity in an imperial context; the imaginative work of tea as Britain’s national drink; and the construction of 19th-century British identity through domesticity. Her teaching interests extend much farther. She believes that writing well and with confidence is a hallmark of successful education, so she is pleased to contribute to Drexel’s First-Year Writing Program as well as to the Writing Center.

Panelists:

Beth Kephart is an American author of non-fiction, poetry and young adult fiction for adults and teens. Kephart has written and published over ten books and has received several grants and awards for her writing. She was a National Book Award Finalist for her book “A Slant of the Sun: One Child’s Courage.” She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son. She is a writing partner in the marketing communications firm, Fusion Communications, and occasionally teaches and lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. For more info see: http://beth-kephart.blogspot.com/2013/04/strange-and-familiar-places-in-young.html

Eliot Schrefer is the author of the international bestseller Glamorous Disasters and The New Kid, a Lambda Literary Award nominee. The School for Dangerous Girls is his first book for young adults.

Rita Williams-Garcia is an American young adult novelist. She won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction for her book, One Crazy Summer. She won the PEN/Norma Klein Award.

 

Saturnalia Books and CWP Reading

The Certificate in Writing and Publishing and Saturnalia Books are proud to present a reading by visiting poets Lynn Emanuel,  Hadara Bar-Nadav, Natalie Shapero, and William Kulik.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Lynn Emanuel is the award winning author of four books of poetry, most recently Hook and Noose, and was judge of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2012. She teaches at University of Pittsburgh.

Hadara Bar-Nadav’s latest collection is Lullaby (with Exit Signs), winner of the 2012 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize selected by Lynn Emanuel. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Natalie Shapero has worked as a civil rights lawyer and is the author of No Object. She is currently a fellow with The Kenyon Review.

William Kulik renowned translator of Robert Desnos, Tristan Tzara, and Max Jacob is the author of Nowhere Fast.

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center


Thursday, May 23th

What’s all the (Y)Awping about?

Join students and professors to find out more about Associated Writing Programs(AWP) and its annual conference.  What can AWP membership do for you? Why do more than 10,000 people go to different cities around the country for 4 jam-packed days of words and camaraderie with like-minded people?  Why should you start saving for Seattle now?

11:00 am- 12:20 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Flavor Profiles and Food Porn: why we just can’t get enough

“And you tell me, friends, that there is no disputing taste and tasting? But all life is a

dispute over taste and tasting!” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Food writing has become a wildly popular genre that’s not just about restaurant listings and recipe writing. These days, the seemingly straightforward question of “What shall we have for dinner?” has become incredibly complicated. Eating is a political act, a cultural act, an ethical act. Perhaps most importantly, eating is a very personal act. Some argue the merits of writing about food as a literary genre. Others ask: “Can food be art?” In any case, the explosion of online food writing is cultural phenomenon worthy of discussion, and that is what this panel intends to do.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

Moderator: Jason Wilson, is the author of “Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits.” Wilson edits TableMatters.com and writes a weekly wine column for Philly.com. At Drexel, he teaches writing and is the director of the Center for Cultural Outreach. His new book, “Planet of the Grapes,” will be out in fall 2013.
Panelists:

Art Etchells founded Foobooz.com in 2006. The site started as a hobby and progressed to an obsession and, finally, to a job. A Philadelphia native, Etchells has a background in IT and considers himself a tweener, part technical, part editorial and a Photoshop dabbler. In December, 2010 he sold Foobooz to Philadelphia Magazine and stayed on as digital product manager. The only food he won’t eat comes from McDonalds.

Michael Klein, editor/producer for Philly.com/food, has covered the dining scene in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Zagat Survey for 20 years.

Marisa McClellan is a food writer, canning teacher, and dedicated farmers’ market shopper who lives in Center City Philadelphia. Her first cookbook, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, is now available. Find more of her jams, pickles and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) at her blog, Food in Jars (www.foodinjars.com).

 

Landmark Reception

5:30-7:30 pm

Painted Bride Quarterly and The Smart Set would like to invite faculty and students to meet the editors of our many and varied publications at Drexel, such as: Table Matters, Art Attack, ASK; Drexel Publishing Group Online magazine; Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA); Journal of Modern Literature; Per Contra; Press One; Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature; Saturnalia Books; the Sonia Sanchez Literary Review; When Falls the Coliseum, and others.

Please join us for cocktails and conversation at the new Landmark Americana. Cocktail buffet; Sangria, beer and wine served to those over 21.

Landmark Americana, 34th and Market Streets


Friday, May 24th

Slam Bam Thank You Ma’am!

Who knew writing could be competitive? Join in PBQ’s own brand of interactive, audience driven fun, complete with prizes.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

 

Maya Book Release and Open Mic!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Celebrate another year of promoting literacy and creativity with Maya’s 2013 book release party. There will be an open mic, light refreshments and prize giveaways.

Lobby of Drexel University Recreation Center

 

English Department Awards Ceremony

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This ceremony features the 30th Annual Freshman Writing Awards, the Literature Essay Prize, the Week of Writing (WoW) Awards, and the Sigma Tau Delta Inductions. The awards are sponsored by the Erika Guenther and Gertrud Daemmrich Memorial Prizes, The Department of English and Philosophy, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be served.

Paul Peck Alumni Center