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Craft & NONFICTION Sessions 2020

Unlocking Your Voice: Spoken Word Activism - Amber Green

Explore how spoken word activist Amber Green unlocks raw emotion and experience to combat social justice issues in her local community.  Millennial activism, so often criticized, finds hope in the revival of spoken word poetry as an adaptable advocacy, organizing, and mobilizing tool.  To understand the power of words, Green plans to challenge individuals to think about the power of language and the importance of unlocking the powerful voices of the disenfranchised. 

AMBER GREEN: Dedicated to empowering our country’s future leaders and marginalized groups, Amber Green has served as a Youth Development Specialist for her local city government, sits on both the Youth Development Advisory Committee and Human Rights Advisory Committee, and founded Fenix Youth Project Inc., a creative arts youth development 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering youth to make social change while using art as a tool.  Amber studied English literature with a concentration in communications at the Historically Black University, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  It was there she fell in love with digital media storytelling.  Her passion for community proved to be an asset as she took her skills in video production, web design, social media management, and research to enhance her ability to become an advocate for juvenile justice and other social justice issues. 

 The "Hermit Crab" Essay: How to Use Borrowed Forms to Structure Your Work - Randon Billings Noble

Join essayist Randon Billings Noble in exploring a curious new sub-genre of creative nonfiction: the so-called “hermit crab” essay.  Hermit crab essays borrow their structures from ordinary, extra-literary sources (a recipe, a syllabus, a deck of cards, a field guide, etc.) to use as a framework for a meditation on a chosen subject.  In this workshop, we will read two short hermit crab essays, discuss the importance of choosing the right “shell,” and generate new work.  Participants will leave with a new understanding of the form, the start of a hermit crab essay of their own, and a list of places to read and publish them.

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017.  Other work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Rumpus, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She has taught at American University; led writing workshops at Politics and Prose, the Writer’s Center, and the Washington National Cathedral; and has presented at conferences such as HippoCamp, NonfictioNOW, and AWP. Currently she is the founding editor of After the Art. You can read more at www.randonbillingsnoble.com.

Interview with a Playwright - Dylan Roche

Nearly all writing is an exploration of character—what people want, what motivates them, and how they overcome obstacles. Learn how playwriting overlaps with fiction writing and journalism, but also what makes this mode of storytelling different. This presentation will explore how to develop characters, create dialogue, explore story structure and find an audience. Learn about the many fundamentals of good storytelling that any author will appreciate and find encouraging.

Dylan Roche is a professional freelance journalist, editor, novelist and award-winning playwright whose scripts have been produced by community theater companies in the Annapolis area. His first novel, "The Purple Bird," a fantasy geared toward middle grade/young adult readers, was released in March 2019, and he has written feature articles for local, regional and national publications. Visit him online at www.dylanrochewriter.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @dylanroche287. 

The Story of a Place: Using Historical Locations in Creative Fiction and Nonfiction - Andi Cumbo-Floyd

In this presentation, Andi Cumbo-Floyd will talk about the ways to use historical events to deepen a story and give the reader a richer experience of the characters, plot, and setting of a book.  Using examples from her own work in fiction and creative nonfiction, she’ll discuss the role of formal and informal research (and when to stop research) in crafting a story that is complex, rich, and great to read.  Her talk will cover subjects such as using archival materials and oral histories to understand the history of a location as well as how to use that information directly or in a fictionalized manner to enrich a book, short story, or essay. She will also discuss the ethical considerations about using such work – ownership, appropriation, and citation. Her presentation would be informal with plenty of room for conversation and questions, and she will also incorporate plenty of examples from various published works, including her own. 

Andi Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, editor, and historian who specializes in the history and legacy of enslavement in the Mid-Alantic. Her works include the creative nonfiction book The Slaves Have Names and the young adult novel Steele Secrets. Her work can be found at Andilit.com.  

Writing the Family Memoir - Cheryl Somers Aubin

Do you need help bringing your ancestors’ stories to life?  Are you not even sure where to start?  In this Writing Your Family Memoir class you will learn about the seven types of genealogical writing and decide which one you feel most comfortable working in. Participants will take part in writing exercises, including writing prompts based on photographs and music.  After each writing exercise, students will have a chance to share their work in small groups if they would like to.  Participants will leave the class with a greater understanding of family memoirs, resources available to help them, and enthusiasm to begin or continue their family memoirs.

Cheryl Somers Aubin has been writing and publishing for almost 30 years, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Foundation Magazine and other newspapers, magazines, and online journals. She has a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Cheryl teaches memoir writing and is a featured speaker at personal history writing symposia, writing conferences, and workshops. Her book, The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story, is available online.  She presents about her book at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, book festivals, schools, community groups, and book clubs.  www.thesurvivortree.com   http://www.cherylaubin.com


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