Writers Week gathers a diverse community of writers who are committed to working together to explore new ideas in the world and in their own creative work. As a Writers Week participant, you will work closely with nationally-regarded faculty in small morning workshops focused on fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir or poetry. (You will specify/select genre when registering). Each afternoon, you’ll hear special guests and faculty speak about their craft, the field of writing, or social issues in inspirational and thought-provoking sessions. All workshops and afternoon sessions will be held in outdoor studios. (Due to current safety regulations, there will be no public or indoor on-campus events or gatherings.)
Workshop groups meet for three hours each morning, with individual meetings on Thursday morning. Workshops are focused on respectful critique of work you submit in advance, in addition to opportunities to explore new writing. You will send a small writing sample in advance. All students are invited and encouraged to read at the Friday afternoon outdoor gathering.
You will send in advance 10 pages of poetry (one poem on each page, all in one document), OR 15 pages of fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction. Due by June 7. You will receive instructions to send in your work from our registration staff before the program begins.
Ed Skoog is the author of four books of poetry: Travelers Leaving for the City, Run the Red Lights, Rough Day (winner of the Washington Book Award), and Mister Skylight, all published by Copper Canyon Press. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review and Harper’s. His poems have received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the William Faulkner Society, and he has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, and The Lannan Foundation. He is currently the coordinator of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Writers Week, and Poet-in-Residence at Idyllwild Arts Academy. He has also taught at Tulane, University of Montana, and George Washington University. He co-hosts, with novelist J. Robert Lennon, the literary podcast Lunch Box, with Ed and John, and is poetry editor of Electric Literature’s weekly literary magazine The Commuter. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Angela Morales is the author of the Girls in My Town, an essay collection, winner of the PEN Diamonstein Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She earned her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Glendale Community College and Antioch University. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays and other publications. She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently she is working on a second collection of essays.
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Distinguished Professor UC Riverside, is the author of a memoir and several books of poetry, including Blood Run, Streaming and the forthcoming Look at This Blue, and editor of ten anthology collections. A Fulbright Scholar, recently inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters and awarded the 2021 AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service, she is the director of Writers Week, the VA NCA Along the Chaparral Legacy Program, and teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and School of Medicine at UCR.
Kyle Lucia Wu’s debut novel Win Me Something is forthcoming from Tin House Books in November 2021. She has received the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins Fellowship and residencies from The Millay Colony, The Byrdcliffe Colony, Plympton’s Writing Downtown Residency, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She is the Programs & Communications Director at Kundiman and teaches creative writing at Fordham University and The New School.
Amanda Fortini has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Believer, California Sunday, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Elle, Slate, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. Her essays have been anthologized in Best American Political Writing and Best American Travel Writing. She is a 2020 recipient of the Rabkin Prize for arts journalism, and is currently the Beverly Rogers Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Brendan Constantine’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Poetry, Best American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Daily, Tin House, Ploughshares, and more. His recent collections are Dementia, My Darling (2016) from Red Hen Press and Bouncy Bounce (2018) from Blue Horse Press. A new book, The Opposites Game, is forthcoming. He has received support and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brendan has appeared on TED ED, NPR’s All Things Considered, podcasts, and more. He holds an MFA in poetry (Vermont College of Fine Arts).
Emily Clarke (Cahuilla) is a writer, student, bead artist, activist, cordage instructor, and traditional Bird Dancer. Emily’s work has been featured in journals such as News From Native California, Four Winds Literary Journal, Anti Heroin Chic, and Hoot Review. She has been a featured reader at events such as Indigenous Now, Palm Springs Art Museum Second Sunday’s, and UCLA’s Environmentalists of Color Climate Justice Forum. Emily is studying Creative Writing at UC Riverside and is writing work exploring modern Cahuilla identity, female anatomy, social justice, and human intimacy.
Age: Adults (19 years and above)
June 21-25, 2021
Lab Fee: N/A
All levels. Open to anyone with an interest in writing, from enthusiastic beginners to emerging and established writers, as well as MFA students and recent graduates.
Enrollment is limited to 6 students per workshop/teacher. (Capacity may increase to 8 pending changes in Health Guidelines from the CDC and local authorities.)
Ed Skoog, Coordinator & Host
Angela Morales, Memoir
Allison Hedge Coke, Poetry
Kyle Lucia Wu, Fiction
Amanda Fortini, Creative Nonfiction
Additional guest(s) TBA