2019 Schedule

Saturday, September 28th:

(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

1:15 p.m. – Keynote Presentation by Janet Fitch

2:00 p.m. – Afternoon Workshops

4:00 p.m. – Closing Presentation & Performance by Gayle Dowling and Fred Stuart

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

Sunday, September 29th:

(Free and Open to the Public Unless Noted)

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

8:00 a.m. – Tour of Wrightwood @ Wrightwood Historical Society Museum

9:00 a.m. – Young Poets Workshop @ Camp Mariastella

9:00 a.m. – Adult Free Write @ Camp Mariastella

10:00 a.m. – Young Poets Award Presentation & Reading @ Camp Mariastella

11:00 a.m. – Festival Reading & Open Mic @ Camp Mariastella – featuring Janet Fitch, Antonia Crane, Kim Dower, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, Pavana Reddy, an open mic, and much more.

Saturday, September 28th

Keynote Presentation by Janet Fitch (festival registrants only)

1:30 p.m. @ Camp Mariastella

Janet Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her second novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. Most recently she chronicles Marina Makarova’s epic journey in The Revolution Of Marina M and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. In this keynote presentation, Janet Fitch will discuss her own journey through a life in writing and what it takes to become an author.

Performance by Gayle Dowling and Fred Stewart (festival registrants only)

4:00 p.m. @ Camp Mariastella

Gayle Dowling joines master guitar builder Fred Stuart for a presentation on storytelling through song. Learn about guitar-making and music-making, all with an entertaining beat. It will be a fun way to end the day.

Poetry Slam (free to the public)

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

For the 4th 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 $400, with another $200 for 2nd place and $100 for third. Admission is free, but the entry fee to compete in the slam is $10, and space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon if interested.

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Sunday, September 29th

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.

Tour of Wrightwood (free to the public)

8:00 a.m. @ Wrightwood Historical Society Museum (6000 Cedar St.)

Start the morning by learning more about the town! Dennis Felgar, docent of the Wrightwood Historical Society and 48 year resident of Wrightwood, will be conducting an introduction to significant historical locations in Wrightwood’s history. The talk will be held at the museum and historical photos and documents will be shared as well as local history stories and legends, including Aldous Huxley’s time living in Wrightwood. The buildings are widespread and often uphill, and visiting them on foot as a group would be difficult, so at the end of the presentation, a brochure of the historical locations will be given to the participants. They can then walk or drive to them at their own convenience. (duration: 1 hour)

Young Poets Workshop (free to the public)

9 a.m. @ Camp Mariastella

Day 2 of the festival is free and open to the public, and kicks off with a pair of writing opportunities for both young people and adults. Students will be taught a brief lesson on poetry, and share writing exercises to guide participants through the creation of their own poem. This free writing workshop will be led by highly acclaimed poet Kim Dower. Young poets of all ages are welcome, and parents are welcome, too! Bring a notebook and something to write with. (duration: 1 hour)

Adult Free Write (free to the public)

9 a.m. @ Camp Mariastella

While the young poets learn in the back portion of the lodge, the front room will be open to everyone else who wants a quiet space to relax and write. We’ll play some peaceful background music, and have writing prompts and resources around the room. Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided. Get writing! (duration: 1 hour)

Young Poets Award Presentation (free to the public)

10 a.m. @ Camp Mariastella

Come celebrate with the winners of our 2019 Young Poets Competition. The winners will receive their gift baskets and read their poems, followed by a young writers open mic. Afterword, there will be a brief reception with cake and coffee. (duration: 1 hour)

Festival Reading and Open Mic (free to the public)

11 a.m. @ Camp Mariastella

The main presentation on Sunday features readings and book signings by our guest faculty Janet Fitch, Antonia Crane, Kim Dower, Raquel Vasuez Gilliland, and Pavana Reddy, all of it interspersed with an open mic and hosted by Rattle editor Timothy Green. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available. (duration: 2 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 by email. 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 2018 winner was Kyra McNally Albers:

The dewdrops have a cherry scent
on the crooked tree branch
where you used to sit.

For more on the Whole Life Soaps and the haiku contest, read this article in the Wrightwood Arts Center newsletter.