2013 Session Descriptions:
◊ The Art and Craft of Poetry: Scott Cairns with Emily Rosko
◊ The Art and Craft of Fiction: Adam Johnson with Anthony Varallo
◊ The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction: Patricia Hampl with Bret Lott
Moderated by the editors of Crazyhorse, these informal sessions with guest faculty are designed to cover a broad range of issues regarding the creation of works of literary art by acknowledged masters of the forms. From matters of precision to universality, line breaks to paragraph length, literary influences to daily work habits, these conversations will shed new light on the many ways writers move from inspiration to publication, all so that your own path might best be illuminated. Attendees are urged to read work by the faculty and to have questions ready to ask so as to make the most of these informational glimpses into the life of the writer.
◊ Writing, Publishing, and the Role of the Editor: C. Michael Curtis
C. Michael Curtis has been and remains one of the most important and influential editors in American fiction. For fifty years he has served in the selection and editing of fiction at The Atlantic, the premier journal of American literature, and brings to this year’s conference an extraordinarily vast sea of experience working with new writers and old, established and emerging, undiscovered and those known world-wide. In this session, Mr. Curtis will be addressing — with plenty of time for questions and answers — precisely what it takes to see one’s own voice and vision make it onto the pages of a journal or magazine, the current state of affairs regarding the world of letters, and a glimpse in to the inner workings of America’s most important magazine.
◊ Poetry Workshops with Scott Cairns and Emily Rosko
◊ Prose Workshops with C. Michael Curtis, Adam Johnson, Jonathan Heinen, Bret Lott, Anthony Varallo
In response to enthusiastic requests from last year’s conference participants, the Crazyhorse Writers Conference is offering intimate, six-person workshops led by our conference faculty. Workshop attendees will encounter, through the examination of their own work and that of others in the class, new ways of seeing their writing to artful fruition. Faculty and students will have received workshop contributions beforehand, and will, in these two-and-a-half-hour sessions, discuss issues of voice and vision, of craft and art specific to the work at hand, all as a means to help the author move toward a deeper understanding of being a writer, and how best to proceed with the project.
Space is limited to six participants per workshop; all participants must be registered conference attendees. Participants must register for the specific workshop they want to attend.
Poetry submissions: No more than six poems.
Prose (short story, novel chapter, personal essay) submission: No more than 3500 words.