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. – Group Hike through Wrightwood

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 $200, with another $100 for 2nd place and $50 for third. Festival registrants may perform for free; others may enter the competition for $5 at the door, though space is limited.

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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.

Group Hike (free to the public)

8:00 a.m. @ Wrightwood Village

Start the day right with a guided tour of Wrightwood Village and the surrounding community. Learn about the history of Wrightwood, take a peek into local shops, and hear local stories like Aldous Huxley’s time living in the town, and the Snow White house. (duration: 45 minutes)

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. 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. 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 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 2017 winner was Cheryl Heineman:

My dad held me up.
I smell him almost in the
soap you left behind.

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