THE 2017 SHORT STORY AMERICA FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

Beaufort, South Carolina

February 24-26, 2017


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
Opening Reception (catered by local restaurants): The historic Lewis Reeve Sams House, 601 Bay Street, downtown Beaufort. Time: 5-8 pm. (included with festival pass)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
Lectures, readings and book signings: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (all included with festival pass)

Location: Old Bay Marketplace Loft (downtown Beaufort, across from Tabby Place)

10:00-11:00: “Storytelling with Mathieu Cailler” Los Angeles-based author Mathieu Cailler discusses storytelling techniques and approaches, and reads from his acclaimed short-story collection, LOSS ANGELES.

11:00-12:00: “Layering the Past: Using History to Deepen Our Stories” Award-winning author Gregg Cusick (Durham, NC) discusses approaches to writing historical fiction

12:00-12:30: Lunch and book signings (on site)

12:30-2:00: “Short Story and Feature Film: A Perfect Couple” San Francisco-based author and film professor John Engell discusses the adaptation of short stories into feature motion pictures and acclaimed short films.

2:00-3:00: “A Celebration of Stories” Lowcountry-based storyteller Cora Newsome discusses and presents the art and time-honored tradition of oral storytelling.

3:00-4:00: “Capturing the Essence of Difference” University of Memphis author and professor Niles Reddick. The author will discuss the concept of difference as a major theme in his stories and novels.

4:00-5:00: Panel on the Writing Process: Authors John Engell (San Francisco, CA), Meg Kimmel (Davidson, NC), Beverly Jean Harris (Rumson, NJ), Mathieu Cailler (Los Angeles, CA), Gregg Cusick (Durham, NC), Douglas Campbell (PA), Katherine Tandy Brown (Beaufort), Niles Reddick (Memphis, TN), D.G. Bracey (Myrtle Beach, SC), Atwood Boyd (Wilmington, NC), Cora Newsome (Beaufort), Stephanie Austin Edwards (Beaufort) and Tim Johnston (Beaufort) will discuss their approaches to planning and writing fiction, from brainstorming to choosing a narrative point of view, creation of characters, selection of setting and mood, and the writing atmosphere and times which each author prefers. This panel conversation will feature extensive Q&A, allowing the audience to ask specific questions about process.

5:00-6:00: Launch Party: SHORT STORY AMERICA, VOLUME FIVE
(Authors Tim Johnston, Mathieu Cailler, John Engell, Beverly Jean Harris, Gregg Cusick, Niles Reddick, Katherine Tandy Brown, Douglas Campbell, Robert Cates, Meg Kimmel, D.G. Bracey, Atwood Boyd and Gail Westerfield will be on hand to sign copies of the brand-new anthology from Beaufort-based Short Story America and/or previous volumes in the acclaimed series from SSA).  Includes the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction. (free public event)

6:00-??: Beaufort Pub Crawl: Join visiting and local authors as we visit various downtown Beaufort taverns and restaurants to eat, enjoy refreshments and continue conversations from the festival.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
11:00-3:00: Informal readings and conversations about short fiction. Location: Old Bay Marketplace Loft (included with festival pass)

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