THE 2017 SHORT STORY AMERICA FESTIVAL AND
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
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
Lectures, readings and book signings: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (all included with
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
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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