Afternoon Craft Conversation with Kaya Oakes

Date & Time: 
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:35 to 15:35

Craft talk: From Journalism to Creative Nonfiction by Kaya Oakes

Writers & Words: videos from past MFA Program events

The Creative Writing Reading Series and Afternoon Craft Conversations bring the literary world's most exciting writers to campus. Now you can hear them to read their work and discuss their craft online at Writers & Words.

 

Watch videos from last semester's Afternoon Craft Conversation and Readings from Shane Book, Wesley Gibson, Judith Claire Mitchell, and Tina Parsons.

 

Here's a sample!

 

Afternoon Craft Conversation with giovanni singleton

Date & Time: 
Wed, 09/12/2012 - 14:15 to 15:15


“AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper” by giovanni singleton

Sound as in improvisation acts upon images and text giving rise to harmonious constructions of silence. It comes down to the desire for liberation through exploring what words, in their essence, can do. The behearer and the beholder approach the world with an attitude of longing. The page is a canvas, a field, a mediation between human nature and the natural world. Writing occurs on and with trees. Knock on wood. What is spoken from the depths of a whisper or said in a scream?

Afternoon Craft Conversations with Samina Ali

Date & Time: 
Wed, 04/11/2012 - 14:30


’Male’ Writing versus ‘Female’ Writing:  Some Perspective on Politics, Gender, Identity, and the Act of Writing Consciously” by Samina Ali

Afternoon Craft Conversation with Shane Book

Date & Time: 
Wed, 03/14/2012 - 14:30 to 15:30

“Poetry & Film” by Shane Book

What can poets learn from film? This talk will examine cinematic structures and poetic strategies in an effort to investigate how two seemingly disparate practices—that of motion-picture making and that of poetry writing—engage and inform one another.

Afternoon Craft Conversations

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SPRING 2014 AFTERNOON CRAFT CONVERSATIONS

(All craft talks are in Hagerty Lounge from 2:35-3:35)

Joshua Mohr






Wednesday, February 19, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

"Plarachterization: The Intersection of Plot and Character" by Joshua Mohr

The best plots aren’t controlled by an authorial presence. Plot springs from the characters themselves. The writer masterminds all of these things, but the more we program ourselves to think of it in this way—that our protagonists are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses from our own—the better prepared we are to traverse what I’m calling “plarachterization.” This seminar will be geared around characters’ decision making, the causality between plot points, how to keep a reader excitedly flipping pages. We’ll also delve into specific tactics for constructing a present action and how to fold backstory into it.  Plarachterization is a strategy that will help any aspiring writer!

JOSHUA MOHR is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.”  He’s also written Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List.  He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at USF. His latest novel Fight Song was published in February 2013.



Norma Cole






Wednesday, March 12, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

"Distraction and Poetry" by Norma Cole

After I decide to play with the fact of doing an interview, as in “make something up,” I am faced with the notion of  “making up” a piece of work to base the interview on. I did, and it’s called “Distraction.” I then begin to think about that wonderful essay by Robert Creeley, “Was That a Real Poem or Did You Just Make It Up Yourself?” So—is there any distinction between “just making something up” and writing “a real poem?”

NORMA COLE is a poet, painter and translator. Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside is her most recent book of poetry. Other books of poetry include Natural Light, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008 and Spinoza in Her Youth.

 


Kaya Oakes








Wednesday, April 9, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

"From Journalism to Creative Nonfiction" by Kaya Oakes

As an emerging genre, creative nonfiction doesn't have a lot of rules. But it does have roots in journalism, and in the personal essay, stretching back to Montaigne. What are the boundaries between journalism and creative writing, and where can we bend them, and in some cases, break them? How much does the "I" narrator matter when we merge creative techniques with journalistic ones? How much can we borrow techniques from anthropology, archeology, and even philosophy, to create what Jeff Sharlett calls "mutant journalism?" And are creative nonfiction writers really just fancy journalists in the end? 

KAYA OAKES' third book, a hybrid memoir/ethnography/theological rant, Radical Reinvention, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2012. Her previous nonfiction book, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, was published by Henry Holt in 2009 and was selected as a San Francisco Chronicle notable book. She’s also the author of a collection of poetry, Telegraph, which received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press.

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