Writers Studio 9th Annual Literary Festival

ACC Writers Studio 9th Annual Literary Festival: Saturday April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Half Moon ACC Main Building  

Workshops. Readings. Award Presentations. Lunch. In our ongoing quest to provide students and community southwest of downtown Denver access to the best writers in Colorado through literary events and readings, Writers Studio is happy to announce its annual Spring Literary Festival. Workshop participants will be able to choose morning and afternoon workshops in creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and publication coaching taught by nationally published, award-winning writers highly experienced in teaching new and established writers.

Join us for a day of celebration.

8:15 a.m. Registration  

9:00 a.m. Festival Opening, Presentation of Awards and Readings of winners of the Writers Studio Literary Contest 

9:30-11:30 a.m. Morning Workshops 

Exercising Brevity: Locating Image, Story, & Shape in Mini-Memoirs with Jill Christman  

Jill ChristmanBecause life is big, memory is fallible, and paper is relatively small, today’s conversation will focus on how we access the stories, identify the images, and locate the structures that help us to craft our real-life material into short autobiographical essays.  Together, we will look at some examples of brief memoir from the online magazine Brevity, consider specific writing techniques, and sharpen our pencils for a writing exercise.

Jill Christman’s memoir, Darkroom: A Family Exposure, won the 2001 AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction and in 2011 was reissued in paperback by the University of Georgia Press. Recent essays appearing in River Teeth and Harpur Palate have been honored by Pushcart nominations, and her writing has been published in Brevity, Descant, Fourth Genre, Iron Horse Literary Review, Literary Mama, Mississippi Review, and many other journals, magazines, and anthologies.

She is an Associate Professor of English in Ball State University's Creative Writing Program and teaches creative nonfiction in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program.  In 2013, Jill was elected to the Board of Directors of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) and is currently serving as the Midwest Representative. She lives in Muncie with her husband, writer Mark Neely, and their two children.


Juxtaposition and its Gifts of Brilliant Surprise with Leslie Ullman

The desire to write with freshness, energy, and insight are daunting aspects of the drafting process, especially when we think we have to do all the heavy lifting ourselves.leslie ullman But once juxtaposition becomes part of the process, the resulting friction between elements yields startling moments whose rightness can be recognized by us writers, and consequently by our readers. These moments seem to be gifts, but they’ve come from surprising regions in ourselves, and we can stay in those regions as we experiment further through revision. This is, in part, the legacy of Surrealism, but not the sort that sought to derange the senses. Rather, juxtaposition can show us what compelling things can happen when we re-arrange the senses. We will warm up by looking at paintings (Magritte), photographs (Jerry Uelsmann), and poems (Neruda, Vallejo, Transtromer and others), and then enter the arena ourselves through a series of writing exercises. Bring your sharpened senses and a favorite pen.     

Author of four poetry collections and numerous reviews and craft essays, Leslie Ullman taught for twenty-seven years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she established the Bilingual MFA Program. Her first poetry collection, Natural Histories, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Dreams by No One’s Daughter, followed from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Slow Work Through Sand was published by University of Iowa as a co-winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and her fourth collection, Progress on the Subject of Immensity, was released by University of New Mexico Press. She has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Shenandoah, Numero Cinq, Poetry, The New Yorker, Poet Lore, The Cape Rock, and Solstice Literary Review. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Numero Cinq, and The Writer’s Chronicle.

Now a Professor Emerita at UTEP, she continues to teach in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Vermont College of the Fine Arts, where she has been on the faculty since 1981. She also does freelance manuscript consultations and guest-teaching. Through long experience of mentoring adults and motivated undergraduates, both in academic settings and at writers’ conferences and retreats, Ullman has developed a teaching/editing style aimed at drawing writers out and helping them not only to discover their potential as thinkers and writers, but also to value the process itself, with all its starts and stops and changes of direction.


judith brilles

Introducing a Special Workshop with Judith Briles, founder of AuthorU: Practical Publishing, Marketing, and Social Media Guidance for Authors

Is There a Book in You that is Shouting Out to Get Published? Or, Is Your Book Limping Along?

A two-hour workshop with author, book publishing expert and book coach, Judith Briles

This is not a writing workshop…this is a “how-to” get published; how to fix it if it’s been published and barely breathing; how to connect with the right audience who wants, who needs your words; and how to create the Author and Book Platforms that are critical for you and your book’s success. You will learn:

  • Practical guidance to publishing options.
  • Who the Publishing Predators are and how to avoid them.
  • How to avoid the 7 deadly sins of publishing.
  • Essentials of creating a viable Book GamePlan.
  • How to develop a book budget.
  • How to ID your muse and put it to work.
  • Where book publishing is going and how can you take advantage of it.
  • The dollars, cents and sense of publishing.
  • How to identify your publishing options.
  • How to create a book and in which format should it be published
  • How to build a team a publishing team that works.
  • How to create a Platform that rocks.
  • How to identify which format is for you and how to begin the first step.
  • How to build a team a publishing team that works.
  • Why there is power in creating a book niche.

Get ready for a fast, very fast, 2-hour workshop will help you learn how to transform you and your book so it doesn’t become you and your book that was.

Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She is an international speaker, publisher, award-winning and best-selling author, known as The Book Shepherd to thousands. Judith knows the publishing industry. She’s the author of 31 books—18 published with New York, the rest with her own imprint; has sold foreign rights to 16 countries; sold in excess of 1,000,000 in combined sales; is co-founder of Mile High Press (17 titles published representing seven authors); has created and chaired several publishing conferences; and is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Author U®. Her latest books are Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, which was #1 on Amazon, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers (2014) and Show Me About Book Publishing (with John Kremer and Rick Frishman).

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author's Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U - Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at http://togi.us/authoru.


11:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch and Readings by Workshop Faculty. Books will be available for Sale.


1:30 -3:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops


Bill TremblayTHE TURN: Deep Attention and How a Poem Moves Down the Page with Bill Tremblay

Rilke’s classic poem, Archaic Torso of Apollo, has been an inspiration for more than a century. The workshop will begin with a reading and discussion of both the content and form of this poem as it bears on the question of “the Turn” from sight to vision. It is not necessarily a workshop about the sonnet, but rather how the poem's advance down the page through several stages until its startling conclusion almost commands us to read it again. We’ll do a directed workshop exercise in which we play with various senses of “the Turn.” My hope is that we will have time to share the poems that emerge.

Bill Tremblay is an award-winning poet as well as a novelist, teacher, editor, and reviewer whose work has appeared in seven full-length volumes of poetry.  In 1994, he published his first novel, The June Rise, which was widely and favorably reviewed, especially on NPR's "All Things Considered." In 2004, his book, Shooting Script: Door of Fire received both the ForeWard Magazine "Silver Award" and the Colorado Book Award from the Colorado Center for the Book. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as The Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Corporation at Yaddo. Mr. Tremblay edited Colorado Review for 15 years, served as a member of the Program Directors Council of the Associated Writing Programs [AWP], and is the recipient of the John F. Stern Distinguished Professor award for his thirty years teaching in and directing the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University.


Fiction That is Truer than the Truth with Seth Brady Tucker 

Tim O'Brien tells us that his characters "carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they seth brady tuckercarried gravity.”  This workshop intensive will focus on this gravity and how O'Brien crafts the characters and the world of this collection, how he grapples with the sublime truth that overpowers what is just simply true. As he says in one of his stories, “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.” This workshop invites you to examine your own writing from that vantage point. We will be focused on crafting and refining our narratives using, as our textbook, the story "The Things They Carried," and "How to Tell a True War Story," by Tim O'Brien. We will investigate and challenge O'Brien's assertion that "a true (war) story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it."  We will examine the craft of O'Brien's narratives, then work toward applying those lessons in our own writing. Great writing (like war writing) is about telling the bigger truth, and in this workshop we will chase the devil in order to bring to bear O'Brien's ultimate goal in writing: “I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” You do not have to be a war writer to learn in this class! 

Seth Brady Tucker is originally from Wyoming, and served as an Army 82nd Airborne paratrooper in Iraq. His first book, “Mormon Boy,” won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. His fiction collection, "Outfit Means Something Different Here," was recently a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor award from UGA press, and his novel, which takes place between Wyoming and Iraq, is represented by Alex Glass at Trident Media Group in New York. His fiction has won numerous awards including the Shenandoah Bevel Summers Fiction Prize and the Literal Latte Flash Fiction Award, and is forthcoming or has appeared in the Iowa Review, Chattahoochee Review, Verse Daily, Poetry Northwest, Connecticut Review, Chautauqua, River Styx, Asheville Poetry Review, storySouth, Crab Orchard Review, among many others. Seth has degrees from San Francisco State, Northern Arizona, and Florida State Universities (PhD), and he teaches War Literature and fiction workshops at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Reservations and Fees 

Advanced reservations will be required, as each workshop will be capped at 20.
Fee: $45 for non-ACC students for two workshops
$25 for non-ACC students for one workshop
$20 for ACC students
Lunch is included for all reservations

To make reservations, please RSVP to this email and send your check or money order by the April 16 to:

ACC Writers Studio Literary Festival
c/o Dr. Kathryn Winograd
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Campus Box 27
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
P.O. Box 9002
Littleton, CO 80160-9002

Be sure to include the workshops you wish to take.

**No refunds after April 16; note that you will not receive a lunch if you do not pay for the event by April 16