Workshop Schedule

The schedule for Alpha 2020 is still being determined. You can use the schedule for Alpha 2019 as a guide for what to expect. Updates to the Alpha 2020 schedule will be posted on this page.

The schedule for Alpha 2019 was:

Wednesday, July 24 – Arrival Day

Thursday, July 25 – Day 2

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 10:50 A.M. Official welcome, explanation of writing assignment – Lecture room
11:00 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. Mark Oshiro presentation – Lecture room
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Mark Oshiro presentation – Lecture room
3:00 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Initial brainstorming workshop – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. How to Write a Short Story – AJ and Rachel – Lecture room
7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Friday, July 26 – Day 3

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Mark Oshiro presentation – Lecture room
11:20 A.M. – 11:40 A.M. Mark Oshiro signing – Lecture room
11:40 P.M. – 12:20 P.M. Writing Studio
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 2:40 P.M. Mark Oshiro presentation – Lecture room
2:50 P.M. – 3:50 P.M. Worldbuilding, Science, and Other Systems – Patrick – Lecture room
4:00 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Second workshop of initial story ideas – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 7:40 P.M How (Not) to Critique – Second year students – Lecture room
7:40 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Saturday, July 27 – Day 4

10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Lecture room
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Brunch – Dining hall
12:40 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Lecture room
2:10 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Taking on Tropes – Lara – Lecture room
3:10 P.M. – 4:10 P.M. POV – Ray – Lecture room
4:20 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Second year demo story critiques – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 7:40 P.M. First lines exercise – Lecture room
7:40 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Sunday, July 28 – Day 5

10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Lecture room
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Brunch – Dining hall
12:40 P.M. – 1:40 P.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson presentation – Lecture room
1:40 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Alaya Dawn Johnson signing – Lecture room
2:10 P.M. – 3:10 P.M. Sentences – Cassie – Lecture room
3:10 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Writing Studio
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 7:40 P.M. One-on-ones with staff – Lecture room
7:40 – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Monday, July 29 – Day 6

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Lecture room
11:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. Setting as Character – Julie – Lecture room
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Lecture room
3:10 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Writing the Other – Tiera and Rachel – Lecture room
4:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. Writing studio
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 7:20 P.M. Reading practice for those reading at B&N – Lara – Lecture room
7:20 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Tuesday, July 30 – Day 7

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Lecture room
11:20 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. Writing Studio
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 2:40 P.M. Tamora Pierce presentation – Lecture room
2:40 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Tamora Pierce signing – Lecture room
3:00 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Writing Studio – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Wednesday, July 31 – Day 8

Turn in first draft before 8:00 A.M.

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 10:50 A.M. Prose – AJ – Lecture room
11:20 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. Characters – Seth – Lecture room
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 2:40 P.M. Writing and Mental Health – Staff – Lecture room
2:40 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Critique stories on your own – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 7:20 P.M. Reading practice for those reading at B&N – Lara – Lecture room
7:20 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio

Thursday, August 1 – Day 9

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Yoon Ha Lee presentation – Lecture room
11:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. Pitching and Querying – Lara – Lecture room
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Yoon Ha Lee presentation – Lecture room
3:10 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Writing Studio
5:30 P.M. – 5:50 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Yoon Ha Lee signing at Barnes and Noble

Friday, August 2 – Day 10

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast – Dining hall
10:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Yoon Ha Lee presentation – Lecture room
11:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. Balancing Writing and Life – Malina – Lecture room
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch – Dining hall
1:40 P.M. – 2:40 P.M. Yoon Ha Lee presentation – Lecture room
2:50 P.M. – 5:20 P.M. Critique of first draft – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Writing Studio – revise, start a new project, or relax!

Saturday, August 3 – Day 11

10:30 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. Mini-Lectures – Staff – Lecture room
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Brunch – Dining hall
12:40 P.M. – 1:50 P.M. Staff reading – Lecture room
1:50 P.M. – 3:05 P.M. Writing Studio – revise, start a new project, or relax!
3:15 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Guest lecture: How to Submit – Isabel Yap – Lecture room
4:10 P.M – 4:40 P.M. Story submission party – Lecture room
4:50 P.M – 5:20 P.M. Student feedback session – Lecture room
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Dinner – Dining hall
6:40 P.M. – Relax & start packing!

Sunday, August 4 – Day 12

*** Boxed breakfasts will be provided
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. – Pack and clean
9:00 A.M. Depart for the airport

Writing Studio

Writing Studio is your time! You can…

  • Go write
  • Dissect story ideas
  • Examine story problems
  • Critique an in-progress story
  • Find someone to talk with about your story
  • Or whatever makes the most sense for you!