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Ropewalk Visiting Writers

Free and open to the public. Always.


DAVID JAMES POISSANT
WED & THURS, OCTOBER 15-16TH

Fiction
The Heaven Animals Poissant

Reading 4:00-5:00pm

Traditions Lounge, 2nd Floor UC East

David James Poissant is author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories. His work appears in The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Masterclass 12:00-12:50pm

UC2207, 2nd Floor (across from the Cone)

Ambush! Grabbing the Reader from Page One
This craft talk will concentrate on story openings. We'll discuss how a story begins, proceeds, and ends, but our primary focus will be on beginnings. How do you hook the reader? How do you squeeze plot and protagonist and place onto the first page? How do you telegraph a viewpoint-character's conflicts and motivations in a matter of sentences? We'll look at examples of great first pages, great first paragraphs, and great opening lines. Maybe we'll even try our hands at opening lines of our own.


IRA SUKRUNGRUANG
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

Poetry
In Thailand It Is Night Southside Buddhist Sukrungruang

Masterclass 1:00-1:50pm

UC2207, 2nd Floor (across from the Cone)

A Sequence of Thoughts Without Any Kind of Order
An interactive craft lecture for fiction writers on opening your story so well the reader canít close it. Bring paper, pen, and page 1 of a rough draft of a story of your own.

Reading 3:00-4:00pm

Traditions Lounge, 2nd Floor UC East

Ira Sukrungruang is author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection, and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong.


MATTHEW PITT
TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH

Fiction
Attention Please Now Pitt

Masterclass 3:00-4:15pm

UC2207, 2nd Floor (across from the Cone)

Opener, for Openers
An interactive craft lecture for fiction writers on opening your story so well the reader canít close it. Bring paper, pen, and page 1 of a rough draft of a story of your own.

Reading 4:30-5:45pm

Traditions Lounge, 2nd Floor UC East

Matthew Pitt is the author of Attention Please Now, winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and Late Night Libraryís Debut-litzer Prize. His stories have appeared in Oxford American, Epoch, Conjunctions, BOMB, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Best New American Voices and Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, among many others. He has received honors and fellowships from The New York Times, Mississippi Arts Commission, Bronx Arts Council, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he chairs the creative writing committee, and was selected as the departmentís Teacher of the Year. He is also on faculty at the 2015 Taos Summer Writers' Conference, Editor of the journal descant, and Associate Editor of West Branch.