Saturday, March 6, 2010

Free Writing Event at USC

The USC Master of Professional Writing Program presents...

The Best of Times: Writing in the Age of the Internet

Thursday, March 11, 2010
6 PM -- 8 PM

The changing landscape of publishing, media, and entertainment is at once rife with challenges and opportunities for all involved. For writers, the architecture and manner of delivery may be different, but the art of story telling, and the fundamental human need for communication remains constant. How can fiction and non-fiction writers, screen and television writers, poets and journalists best penetrate and navigate the world of the Kindle, the iPad, and free online news? A panel of experts who have transitioned successfully from the old to the new world will share their experiences and address questions.

Tom Lutz, author, Editor-in-chief, Los Angeles Review of Books; Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside and Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for Performance at UCR Palm Desert.

Johanna Blakley, deputy director of the Norman Lear Center, a think tank that studies the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. Based at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Blakley performs research on global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, celebrity culture, digital media and intellectual property law. Former web producer and digital archivist at Vivendi-Universal Games; Member, board of directors of Les Figues Press, a venue for literary experimentation.

James Rainey, media columnist, Los Angeles Times

Otis Chandler, CEO & Founder, a social network for book lovers.

Zuade Kaufman, co-founder and publisher, Former reporter for Westside Weekly, a Los Angeles Times publication.

Moderator: Gina Nahai, best-selling author, Caspian Rain, Cry of the Peacock, Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, Sunday's Silence, Lecturer, Master of Professional Writing Program


Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB), Room 100
University of Southern California
3641 Watt Way
Los Angeles CA 90089


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1 comment:

Dan Williams said...

Sounds great! Sounds about as cutting-edge as it gets!

From what I've witnessed over the last several decades, writers have never had more ways to make a living out of it. There are so many channels and outlets for stories.

So it boils down, I would guess, to CRAFT. A story tells how a hero or heroine wants to do something or become something and succeeds (or fails--but the best stories, I think, illustrate success.)

And the stories can be about anything at all. Say Pamela, our heroine, stumbles across a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! She thinks, "This belongs to somebody!" and so she sets out to return it to the owner. There's a story! There's magic and honesty and great American values! And suppose the owner of the pot of gold is an Islamic Terrorist! There's social relevence. So what does Pamela do to resolve the situation? Only today's writers have the talent to answer such questions.

Hope you have a great time at the seminar!