Note: All Workshop Sessions will be in Meeting Room 308, Fogelman Executive Center, University of Memphis. See “Workshop Venues” for address and parking info. LUNCHES on Friday and Saturday, BARBEQUE DINNER on Saturday,  and BREAKFAST on Sunday are included in workshop fee, as are cocktails both evenings.

Friday, September 23, 2011

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  REGISTRATION, Coffee, Visiting (Complimentary coffee, bottled water and soft drinks will be available in the workshop room throughout the weekend)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 am. WELCOME and WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION, Susan Cushman, Workshop Director

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE WORKSHOP led by Kristen Iversen

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH (in private dining room next door to workshop)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CRAFT TALK by Neil White: “Creating a Nonfiction Book Proposal (and building a foundation for publicity)”

2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE WORKSHOP led by Kristen Iversen

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. BOOK SIGNING/READING by Workshop Faculty at Burke’s Books in Cooper Young Historic Neighborhood

7:15 – 9:00 GROUP DUTCH DINNER at Celtic Crossing (across the street from Burke’s Books)  with Neil White speaking on “The Perils and Joys of Publishing a Memoir.”

9:15 – 10:00 p.m. COMPLIMENTARY nightcaps and “Wind Down” in Hospitality Suite (Room 461 Fogelman Center)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE WORKSHOP led by Bob Cowser

 *9:00 a.m. – 11:45 am. PITCH FEST with literary agent, John D. Mason

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH (in private dining room next door to workshop)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CRAFT TALK by Kory Wells speaking on “Dangerous Honey: Sweeten Your Prose with Poetic Effects.”

2:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE WORKSHOP led by Bob Cowser

 *2:45 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. PITCH FEST with literary agent, John D. Mason

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Complimentary Barbeque Dinner (catered by Central Bar-B-Q) in Hospitality Suite (room 461) and adjoining Commons/Lobby.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  CRAFT TALK by Kristen Iversen: “Scene and Structure in Creative Nonfiction” in Commons/Lobby next to Hospitality Suite (room 461)

8:30 – 10:00 p.m. COMPLIMENTARY Nightcaps and “Wind Down” in Hospitality Suite/Commons/Lobby (Fogelman Center) Room 461

*NOTE: Participants will sign up ahead of time for an opportunity to meet with literary agent John Mason to “pitch” their creative nonfiction book. These appointments will be scheduled at the same time as the manuscript critique sessions on Saturday. Each person who participates in the pitch fest will only miss 10-15 minutes of the 5 hours of manuscript critique workshop that day. The Pitch Fest is optional. Watch future posts on the CNF Workshop blog for information about how to prepare for a Pitch Fest.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST (in private dining room next door to workshop)

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. PRESENTATION by Bob Cowser and John D. Mason: “Agent-Author Relations, Publishing, and Legal Issues.”

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PANEL: “More on the Publishing Process” and Q & A with the Faculty

(If the morning runs a little long, we’ll definitely end by 1:00 p.m., when we have to be out of the meeting room at the Fogelman Center.)

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