“Writing Your Edge” will challenge you to raise the stakes in your own creative life. Robert Arellano leads an exploration on the ‘state of the story’ at its cutting edge—and asks you to consider where your writing might benefit from visiting the uncharted boundaries. Selections from recent ‘breakout’ narratives will face off against timeless examples of literary innovation—including a few surprising classics from close to home in Oregon. Writing metafiction, creative nonfiction, or pulp originals like noir; building inner conflict, intensifying struggle, rendering atmosphere ravishing and raising the stakes—whether you’re discovering new territory in genre literature or rewriting the rules of the sentence, Arellano will offer pointers for where to go out dancing on the edge of narrative experimentation.
Robert Arellano earned bachelor’s and graduate degrees at the Brown University Program in Creative Writing, where he also taught fiction workshops for 10 years as a visiting lecturer. His stories have been published in Tin House, The Believer and The Village Voice and selected for recent anthologies like New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and The Brown Reader. He is the author of six novels, most recently Curse the Names and the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award-finalist Havana Lunar. He is a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellow and Professor of Creative Writing at Southern Oregon University.
Jessica Page Morrell lives near Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers and watches the sky all its moods and shades. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative Life, Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm.
Morrell works as a highly-sought after developmental editor because if your characters are a bundle of quirks and inconsistencies, or the plot stalls and the scenes don’t flow, these problems need to be unriddled before you submit it to an agent or editor. She also works on memoirs and nonfiction books with a special focus on the inner logic and voice of each manuscript. She began teaching writers in 1991 and now teaches through a series of workshops in the Northwest and at writing conferences throughout North America and lectures to various writing organizations. She is the former writing expert at iVillage.com which was voted as one of the best 101 sites for writers. She formerly hosted a series of writing conferences and is now focusing on creating online classes and workshops. She hosts a Web site at www.writing-life.com, and she wrote monthly columns about topics related to writing since 1998. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines Her former Web log is at http://thewritinglifetoo.blogspot.com