2017 Schedule

Saturday, September 30th:

(Festival Registrants Only and at Camp Mariastella Unless Noted)

9:00 a.m. – Complimentary Coffee, Tea, Snacks, and Chat

9:30 a.m. – Welcoming Presentation & Ice Breaker

10:00 a.m. – Morning Workshops

12:00 a.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Keynote Presentation by Victoria Patterson

2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Workshops

4:30 p.m. – Closing Presentation / Music

7:00 p.m. – Poetry Slam @ The Village Grind (free, open to the public)

Sunday, October 1st:

(Free and Open to the Public Unless Noted)

Throughout the Day: One-on-One Editorial Help w/ Timothy Green (festival registrants only)

8:30 a.m. – Group Hike @ Grassy Hollow Visitor Center

10:00 a.m. – Musical Free Write w/ Greg Jones @ Camp Mariastella

11:00 a.m. – Festival Reading @ Camp Mariastella – featuring Brendan Constantine, Elisa Suzanne Grajeda-Urmston, Kelly Grace Thomas, an open mic, Young Poets winners, and much more.

Saturday, September 30th

Keynote Speaker (festival registrants only)

1:30 p.m. @ Camp Mariastella

Victoria Patterson’s story collection, Drift, and two out of three of her novels, including her latest, The Little Brother, are set in Newport Beach, California, where she went to middle school and high school. Patterson mines a specific southern California terrain, one that is permanently imprinted inside her. At the 2017 Wrightwood Literary Festival, she will discuss the import of literary terrain, specifically through The Little Brother, which was inspired by an infamous Newport Beach rape case.

Victoria Patterson is the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, Drift, was a finalist for the California Book Award, the 2009 Story Prize, and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle.

Poetry Slam (free to the public)

7 p.m. @ The Village Grind (6020 Park Dr.)

WWLF16_Slam1000wjpgFor the second straight year, we’re bringing the lively spirit of slam poetry up into the mountains! Slam turns art into a competition, with poems olympic-style by volunteers from the audience. These are not your typical quiet poetry readings—the audience is encouraged to react, and the beer will be flowing as swiftly as the lines.

The rules will be traditional: original poems (or prose!) of any style, but no music, props, or costumes; a three minute time-limit per poem, with penalties for going over; and no repeating poems—there will be three rounds, so performers should have three poems ready to perform. The winner at the end of the night will earn $150, with another $50 going to the runner-up. Festival registrants may perform for free; others my enter the competition for $5 at the door, though space is very limited.

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Sunday, October 1st

Editing Advice with Timothy Green (festival registrants only)

GreenThroughout the Day @ Camp Mariastella

At various times throughout the day, Rattle editor Timothy Green will be offering one-on-one publishing advice to paid festival registrants. Sign up for a 10-minute slot, and have any questions answered about your work, or publishing in general. Bring writing samples, or anything else you want to ask about, given the time constraints. Space is limited, so sign up when you check in at Camp Mariastella on Saturday.

Group Hike (free to the public)

8:30 a.m. @ Grassy Hollow Visitor Center

cr:Sabrina Denunzio Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, located on Scenic Hwy. 2 in the San Gabriel National Monument, is the starting point of an easy hike that includes views of Mt. Baden-Powell, Antelope Valley, and the San Gabriel River Basin. Ten spots free parking. Also free parking on the highway. ($5 adventure pass required at other spots) Easy .8 mile hike at 7,300 feet elevation. Gail Nieto, naturalist, will lead the hike. (duration: 1 hour)

Musical Free Write w/ Greg Jones (free to the public)

10 a.m. @ Camp Mariastella

Day 2 of the festival is free and open to the public, and kicks off with a music-inspired free-write. Greg Jones will perform on piano, and we’ll have exercises available to get your creative juices flowing. Bring a notebook or a laptop and get writing, or kick back with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the show. Share what you wrote later in the day, if you’d like, at the open mic. (duration: 1 hour)

Festival Reading and Celebration (free to the public)

11 a.m. @ Camp Mariastella

The main presentation on Sunday features readings and book signings by our guest faculty Brendan Constantine, Elisa Suzanne Grajeda-Urmston, and Kelly Grace Thomas. In addition, winners of the 2017 Young Poets Competition will be presented with awards and read their poems, and Timothy Green will host an open mic. Additional literary entertainment to be announced. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available, along with pizza from Mile High. (duration: 2.5 hours)

Soap-Ku Contest (free to attendees, $5 online)

WholeLifeSoapsBefore you leave, don’t forget to drop off your entry for our haiku contest! Sponsored by Whole Life Soaps, the winning haiku poet will receive $50 and have their haiku printed on a specialty soap that will be available at the soap store for the rest of the year. The winner will also receive a few complimentary bars once they’re ready. The contest is free to enter for festival attendees, but those who can’t come to the festival can still enter for $5 online. There are no rules, other than that the haiku should relate to either nature or soap. Drop off your entry at Camp Mariastella that weekend of the festival for free, or enter online at WholeLifeSoaps.com. If you stop by the shop at 6013 Park Drive in Wrightwood, last year’s soap-ku bars might still be in stock. The 2016 winner was Daniel McGinn:

Rosemary petals
Captured in the lemongrass
Fragrant in the rain

For more on the Soup-Ku process, read owner Bill McConnell’s blog post about the Soup-Ku Contest.