Catamaran Writing Conference  at Pebble Beach   August 12-16, 2015

Overview

At Catamaran Literary Reader, our artistic themes tap into the rich literary history and beautiful setting of the California Central Coast.  We invite you to transform your own creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers.  The conference will be held on the campus of the Robert Louis Stevenson school, and attendees will meet in the elegant Stevenson classrooms, commons, theater, and chapel for workshops, lectures, and presentations. The registration fee of  $1250 includes four nights lodging at the Robert Louis Stevenson campus on 17-Mile Drive, access to the Stevenson dining commons for 12 meals with your fellow attendees, 4 days of literary workshops in a small group of 12 participants.  Also available are optional daily literary themed excursions, daily instructor lectures, nightly receptions and craft talks, a special guest lecture and student readings, as well as a nightly late-night spoken word salon

For our 2015 Summer Conference, we are asking participants to submit a manuscript of their preferred genre for review and approval by July 12th, 2015.  Fiction and nonfiction pieces may be short stories or novel excerpts of up to ten pages.  Poetry submissions may include up to five poems, not to exceed a complete page count of ten pages.  Drama pieces may be up to 20 pages of a screenplay, or a complete one-to-two-act stage drama.

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Workshop Courses

Poetry (Meet each morning, Thursday to Sunday, (9:30—12:30)

Ellen Bass

Jericho Brown

Fiction (Meet each morning, Thursday to Sunday, (9:30—12:30)

Christian Kiefer 

Elizabeth McKenzie 

Scott Hutchins

John Straley


Nonfiction (Meet each morning, Thursday to Sunday, (9:30—12:30)

Robin Hemley

Frances Lefkowitz

Drama (Meet each morning, Thursday to Sunday, (9:30—12:30)

Octavio Solis (Playwriting)

Daily Craft Talks 

Enjoy two optional daily guest lectures open to all registered participants.  Topics include fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction giving attendees a chance to experience craft lectures outside of their workshop.. Craft talks are optional from 2:00 to 3:00 and 3:30 to 4:30 daily in the Rosen main lecture room.  Craft talks will be given by Sarah Michas-Martin, Alfredo Vea, Jane Vandenburgh, Jan Straley, Peggy Townsend, Wallace Baine, Candace Calsoyas, Michael Larsen, Nina Amir, Heather Lazare, Edith Paroff, and Wallace J. Nichols (at the Rickett's Lab on Cannery Row). 

Evening Guest Lectures and Readings

Special guest lectures will be held nightly on a variety of topics related to the craft of literary writing and poetry.  On Wednesday night we will feature a poetry reading by Ellen Bass and Jericho Brown. Join us Thursday evening in the Stevenson chapel for a conversation with Karen Joy Fowler, winner of the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award and a 2014 Man Booker Prize Finalist as she shares her experiences and lends advice to writers. On Friday engage with our literary publishing panel led by moderator and Catamaran editor Thomas Christensen. Tom will give a talk on literary publishing and open the discussion to our panel of publishers and agents including Jack Shoemaker (Founder and Publisher Counterpoint Press), Mark Allen Cunningham (Founder and Publisher Atelier26 Books), Syed Haider (Founder and Publisher Chicago Quarterly Review), Michael Larsen (Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agency), Heather Lazare (Editorial and Publishing Consultant). On Saturday evening join us in the Keck Auditorium on the Stevenson campus as your prose workshop instructors Elizabeth McKenzie, Christian Kiefer, Scott Hutchins, John Straley, Frances Lefkowitz, Robin Hemley, and Octavio Solis take the stage to read from their books. The faculty reading will be followed by an open mic reading from participants who sign up for the volunteer student readings.  All evening presentations are preceded by a hosted reception and followed by book signings. 

Nightly Spoken Word Workshop

Gather around an open fire outside Rosen Hall to learn techniques and practice for spoken word  in a supportive group setting. The workshop is led by Kevin DeVaney who hosts a weekly Spoken Word Open Mic at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. The workshop is open to registered participants and meets from 9:30-10:30.  Performance is encouraged!

Make the Experience Your Own

John Steinbeck tour:

Visit Cannery Row and the author's residence in Pacific Grove.  Experience a reading by Wallace J. Nichols at the historically preserved Ricketts Lab on Cannery Row where Ed Ricketts and Steinbeck met to create The Log of the Sea of Cortez. The lab is not open to the public, and a special opportunity for our conference attendees. After a tour and special guest reading by Blue Mind author Wallace J. Nichols, and Jan Straley author of an upcoming book on Doc Ricketts, enjoy exploring Cannery Row. The tour bus will depart from Stevenson school on Thursday, August 13th at 2:00 and return to campus at 4:30.  The tour is open to all registered participants.

Robinson Jeffers tour:

Visit Tor House, the poet’s home and stone tower at Carmel Point.  The tour bus will depart from Stevenson school on Friday, August 14th  at 2:00 and return to campus at 4:30. The tour is open to all registered participants. 

Robert Louis Stevenson tour:

Hike the physical site that was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island at Point Lobos.  Experience the beautiful vistas that inspired writing and art along the central coast.  Choose between a relaxing stroll to the China Cove, or a more rigorous hike up the Bird Island Trail up to Pelican Point. The tour bus will depart from Stevenson school on Saturday, August 15th at 2:00 and return to campus at 4:30. 

Amenities

• Olympic swimming pool

• Fitness Center

• Nature trails to local beaches along 17 Mile Drive

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