Monday4Dec 2017

Wilkinson College Graduate Student Workshop

Choosing—and Writing—the Right Novel

Monday, December 4, 2017 4:00pm - 6:50pm
2017-12-04 16:00 2017-12-04 18:50 America/Los_Angeles Wilkinson College Graduate Student Workshop Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall Allison DeVries

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Graduate Students can enroll in this workshop through Course number is GUS 530.

Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall


are invited to attend.

Each semester Wilkinson College offers a variety of workshops for graduate students on topics related to academic, personal, and career development. Graduate Students may register for this 0 credit P/NP class through Course number is GUS 530. Undergraduate students who have been admitted to a 4+1 program or who have less than 18 credits remaining for graduation may register through the Undergraduate Request to Register for Graduate Course form available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

MONDAY DECEMBER 4, 2017 4-6:50PM
Choosing—and Writing—the Right Novel
Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall 121
A novel is a big commitment of time and energy and creativity—and of one’s entire psyche.  No matter how long it takes, it’s long haul, and can be a stern mistress/master. While writers must write by impulse—by “inspiration” in the act of creation—sometimes we choose the wrong novel to write by that impulse…when there’s a better, wiser, more guaranteed-to-succeed novel in us waiting to be chosen.  There are infinite novels within us at any given moment, in other words; but once we jump on one of them, we think it must be The Right One; and it isn’t necessarily. There’s a trick writers use but rarely talk about publicly to find that “right” novel before impulse commits them to the “wrong” one.  Also, how one writes a novel—one’s storytelling “method” (characters, point of view, structure, the rest)—can be “right” or “wrong” as well, but we’re lucky:  “Method” flows naturally from the well-chosen novel.  (This is a workshop for writers who want to start writing a novel, but aren’t sure which one within them to choose; writers who’ve written a novel and want to choose more carerfully their second (and perhaps had problems with their first—problems they don’t wish to repeat); NaNoWriMo veterans who’d like to do it a little differently next time and not end up with that messy gift that keeps on giving; and of course anyone wondering what the novel-writing experience is like.)
Bruce McAllister, Writing Coach, Writer, Consultant, Workshop Leader, and Agent Finder
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Bruce McAllister is an award-winning West-Coast-based writing coach, writer in a wide range of genres, consultant in the fields of publishing and Hollywood, workshop leader and an "agent finder" for both new and established writers. As a writing coach, he specializes in all kinds of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenplays.
Bruce's literary and genre fiction has appeared in national magazines, literary quarterlies, college textbooks and 'year's best' anthologies. His second novel, Dream Baby, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship winner, and was called a "stunning tour de force" by Publishers Weekly. His most recent novel, the autobiographical The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic, was a Cibils and Locus nominee. His fiction has been translated widely and received national awards and notable mentions in the New York Times, other U.S. newspapers, U.S. and foreign magazines and journals, and reference works for major publishers and literary presses. His poetry and experimental work have appeared in literary quarterlies and anthologies; he has co-edited magazines and anthologies; and his articles on popular science, writing craft and sports have appeared in publications like Life, International Wildlife, The Writer and newspapers across the country.
Bruce has been a writing coach and consultant on a wide range of popular books for major and smaller publishers and scientific books published by scholarly presses, including Pulitzer and National Book Award nominees; and a facilitator of autobiography and memoir workshops. At a private university in southern California, where he taught writing for twenty-four years, he helped establish and direct the Creative Writing Program, directed both the Professional Writing Track of that program and its Communications Internship program, received various teaching and service awards, and was Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing from l990 to l995
His interests include cultural anthropology, creativity theory, storytelling, popular culture and popular fiction, Early Man archeology, advertising and the media, science and multicultural education, theory and methodology in the social and natural sciences, the Vietnam War, U.S. foreign policy, oceanography. The son of a career Navy officer and an anthropologist mother, he grew up in Washington, D.C., Florida, California and Italy; attended middle school and art school in Italy; received degrees in English and writing from Claremont McKenna College and the University of California at Irvine; has three wonderful children (Annie, Ben and Liz); and is married to choreographer Amelie Hunter. He lives in Orange, California.

You can contact the event organizer, Allison DeVries at or (714) 997-6752.

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