February 14, 2014 - 9am to 4pm (1-hour lunch break)
The Friday workshop is intended for a more intensive learning and writing experience. Workshop is limited to 25 students and the cost is $55.00. Priority will be given to Saturday conference attendees through January 31. Those registering only for a Friday workshop will be placed on a waiting list. On February 1, if space is available, registrations will be processed from the waiting list in order of the date they were received, and participants will be notified.
Sane Writers Writing the Insane: Keeping the Darkness On the Page
Presenters: Tanya Chernov and Kelly Davio
Too many writers of challenging or even disturbing subject matter have allowed their material to consume their mental states, but this need not be the case. The art world tends to fetishize dysfunction. Literature with a focus on dark subject matter is an emerging market, and there is a lack of dialogue about how to function within this problematic style in a positive way. This workshop will explore the consequences of succumbing to the darkness we create, and explain concrete, immediately applicable craft techniques to help writers maintain sanity while probing the very darkest of content.
Tanya Chernov earned her BA from the University of Puget Sound and holds an MFA in poetry from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Writers Workshop. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Gargoyle, Arcadia and Dr. Bernie Siegel's A Book of Miracles. Author of the Kirkus Review’s 15 Excellent New Memoirs, A Real Emotional Girl (Skyhorse Publishing), she is the former poetry and translations editor of The Los Angeles Review. Tanya lives and writes in Seattle with her dog, Mona, though the roots of her heart remain firmly planted in Wisconsin. Go Packers! www.TanyaChernov.com
Kelly Davio is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the novel-in-poems Jacob Wrestling (forthcoming from Pink Fish Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and others. She is the former Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review and Poetry Editor of Tahoma Literary Review (launching in March, 2014). She earned an MFA in Poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and she teaches English as a second language in the Seattle area. www.kellydavio.com