5-6:30 p.m.
Keynote: The Eternal Conversation with T. Geronimo Johnson & MOsley WOtta

Join novelist and National Book Award finalist T. Geronimo Johnson as he shares thoughts on “being” after a year in Rome as a Rome Prize Winner. Bend Creative Laureate MOsley WOtta, aka Jason Graham, will lead the after-lecture conversation.

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Join us as we unveil the festival’s two interactive art installations and introduce festival artists and authors. Horatio Hung-Yan Law will give a short talk discussing the art installations, which officially open for tours and will be available throughout the festival. Free appetizers and no-host bar. All access passes receive one free drink ticket.

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Interactive Art Installations

Transformation Forest
This interactive art installation is populated by a forest of transformation cloaks created by MFA students in Creative Writing and high school students from Caldera Arts. Take a walk on the wild side: enter the Transformation Forest and try on the different transformation cloaks to assume other archetypes or personas. The installation also provides mirrors and photo-booth for selfies and documentations.

Horatio Hung-Yan Law's Installation: DACA Lounge: A Dream Sanctuary
The "DACA Lounge" installation proposes to create a dreamscape to reclaim public space for private imaginative pursuits, and provide a dream sanctuary for this dark and uncertain time. The installation is inspired by the plight and courage of the DACA students, who dare to "dream" despite their difficult and unchartered circumstances. The DACA Lounge invites all of us to dream in solidarity, and encourages quietude and calmness that are conducive for thoughtful contemplation, imagination and meditation.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Interactive Art Installations Open

10-11:30 a.m.
Reading & Panel I: Funny is the New Deep

Join novelist Christopher Boucher, graphic memoirist Nicole J. Georges, and memoirist and YA author Lindsay Wong for a reading and panel conversation on Funny is the New Deep. Three hilarious authors examine the ways in which humor plays a role in their recent works. From our experiences as memoirists and novelists, they will examine how humor can be used to write through truth and pain, and how humor allows us a means to speak the truth, offering readers a glimpse of hope, light, and reconciliation.

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Workshop: walls as bridges

Join performer and writer MOsley WOtta aka Jason Graham as we create work that delves into what we often see but do not say. 

Workshop: The Memetic Wonder Machine
In this workshop, Trevino L. Brings Plenty looks at the Meme as a generative writing practice that benefits productivity, creative innovations, and insta-job-satisfaction.

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Christopher Boucher, Lindsey Wong, and Nicole J. Georges Book Signing

1-2:30 p.m.
Reading & Panel 2: Taking Poetry off the Page

Join poet, hiphop musician, and Bend’s first Creative Laureate Jason Graham and poet and musician Trevino L. Brings Plenty for a reading and panel conversation about Taking Poetry Off The Page. Three poets explore how their skills as poets translate off the page and onto the stage. Be warned: you may fall in love with this wildly unmarketable art!

1-3 p.m.
Workshop: Writing for Young Adults: Opening Pages

Lindsey Wong and workshop participants will workshop the first five pages (double spaced) of a YA short story or novel with meticulous attention to the opening. We’ll scrutinize your language, character development, dialogue and exposition the way that agents, editors, and slush readers do before deciding to request more pages. Lindsey will lead the workshop group in a thoughtful and constructive discussion, and answer questions on finding an agent and publisher. Please bring the first five pages of your manuscript (total of 13 copies for participants and instructor), a notebook, and writing instruments.

Workshop: Queer Comics

This workshop offers a safe space for GLBTQI participants to come together and learn about comics, some famous queer artists, and how to make them on their own. Nicole J. Georges will guide students through basic comic layout and construction, terminology, character design, and process in this 3-hour workshop. Students will leave this workshop with a completed comic.

2:30-3 p.m.
Trevino L. Brings Plenty Book Signing

4:30-6 p.m.
Beer &
Books, Deschutes Public House Taproom, downtown Bend

Seven residents of Central Oregon have joined forces to pair books by seven festival authors with Deschutes Brewery beers. Join us as we unveil the beer-book pairings. During this open-house style event, festival authors will be giving short readings and available for informal conversation and book signings. This is your chance to engage one-on-one with your favorite author, ask authors questions that are lingering from the keynote lecture, panels, and workshops, and celebrate what you’ve been learning with authors and other festival participants. Free appetizers and no-host bar. All access and Saturday only passes receive one free beer ticket.

6:30-9 p.m.
Blank Pages Workshop’s Souped Up Salon at The Workhouse

Join us at The Workhouse for the first annual “No-Risk Rendezvous”: a free evening of local and visiting author readings, an interactive music experience, food, libations, art, and literary games hosted by Blank Pages Workshops and The Workhouse.

Get poet-smacked! Help write the longest nonsensical story ever attempted in Central Oregon! Create a poetry collage! Take a risk with “Vine-Like Structures of Leisure Group Chemistry”: Interactive Music Poetry Experiment!

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Interactive Art Installations Open

9-11 a.m.

Workshop: Center Stage for the Muses
Learn how to access your creative ability in new ways, inject life and surprising stakes into your work, and break through imaginative blocks using the Tarot. Emily Carr takes a deep dive into what the Tarot has to offer writers, exploring the many meanings the cards have in relation to storytelling, the imagination, and the modern psyche. This mixed-genre, all-levels workshop includes a basic introduction to the Tarot, generative writing exercises, storytelling tips and tricks, a Tarot-inspired behind-the-scenes exploration of the writing life, and a discussion of the various ways writers use Tarot in their work.

Workshop: From a Photograph to a Story
In this workshop Beth Alvarado explores ways that memory can lead us to write surprising stories, whether they are fiction or memoir or a little bit of both.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

An Impossibility of Hermits: A Film Screening & Q&A

What do a bunch of reclusive writers have in common? A shared passion for film! Come witness the impossible with an afternoon of short video vignettes from the MFA's 2019 Candidates in Creative Writing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may scoff, or throw tomatoes. One thing is certain, you will be entertained. Free brunch included!

1-2 p.m.
Christopher Boucher Reading
Deschutes Public Library

MFA Faculty Christopher Boucher is thrilled to be serving as the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Deschutes Public Library just two days before the publication of his third novel, Big Giant Floating Head (out June 18 from Melville House). Chris' afternoon reading will feature selections from the new novel, which tells the story of a character named Christopher Boucher who is navigating the end of a marriage and the mysteries of the fictional town of Coolidge, Massachusetts. Big Giant Floating Head features the same heartfelt, imaginative adventures that drew readers to Boucher's first two novels, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (2011) and Golden Delicious (2016), and that have earned praise from actor Patton Oswalt and writers George Saunders, Roxane Gay, and Emily St. John Mandel. Oscillating back and forth in time, Big Giant Floating Head contains strange surprises at every turn: Christopher briefly dates a woman with an invisible dog, contracts a strange illness that divides him in half, participates in a failure competition, and joins a community called The Unloveables. In the face of these trials and others, Christopher struggles to regain his bearings, make sense of a new reality, and chart a course forward.
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No registration required to attend.

3-5 p.m.
Christopher Boucher Workshop: Not Knowing
Deschutes Public Library

Embrace the phenomenon of "not knowing" in this workshop led by Christopher Boucher. MFA Faculty and Deschutes Public Library Writer-in-Residence Christopher Boucher leads a workshop at the library called "Not Knowing." Inspired by Donald Barthelme's essay on the topic, Boucher will draw on his experiences as a writer, editor. and teacher to lead a workshop that reframes the creative process. Writers at all levels of experience, from the published poet to the aspiring memoirist or novelist, are encouraged to attend. The conversation and exercises will equip writers with new strategies for embracing the phenomenon of "not knowing" and sidestepping the challenge of the blank page.
Space is limited and registration is required.

Monday, June 17
Christopher Boucher Writing Consultations
Deschutes Public Library

Get one on one coaching with MFA Faculty and Deschutes Public Library Writer-in-Residence Christopher Boucher. Participants will spend 30 minutes reviewing a previously submitted work sample.
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