[San Juan Silver Stage | May 2020 | Debra Muzikar]
The Blue Sage StoryFest writing symposium is set to go livestream. A discounted price of $60 is being offered until Friday, May 22. People are urged to not wait to take advantage of this incredible opportunity where participants will be able to access all workshops through this new online event. Stories matter more than ever in these challenging times.
On June 26 and 27 award-winning authors Craig Childs and Amy Irvine share tales and inspire StoryFest participants to mold their own narratives. On Friday the 26th Childs presents the keynote address opening the literary symposium, now in a virtual format in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The two join forces to offer a 3-hour Zoom workshop on Saturday June 27 titled Maelstrom and Epiphany, an opportunity for writers of all stripes to learn from two masters of the craft.
Irvine and Childs, who have taught together for more than a decade, will reveal how to take the emotional and structural chaos of narrative and turn it into an elegant, readable form. This will be a crash course workshop in story writing, fiction or nonfiction, boiling down writing to its core elements, from the nature of your story to the rhythm of its sentences and paragraphs. Be prepared to write!
Craig Childs followed ancient migration routes on foot, pursued early Pueblo passages across the Southwest and the paths of the first peoples into the Americas during the Ice Age. His new book, Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America, examines the dynamics of people moving into an uninhabited hemisphere in the late Pleistocene, documenting arrivals from Alaska to Florida to southern Chile. Childs has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. An occasional commentator for NPRs Morning Edition, he teaches writing at University of Alaska in Anchorage and the Mountainview MFA at Southern New Hampshire University.
Amy Irvine, now living on a remote mesa in southwestern Colorado, is a sixth-generation Utahn and long-time public lands activist. Her anthology ‘Red Rock Testimony’ was instrumental in President Obama’s establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument, while her memoir ‘Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land’ received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Colorado Book Award. Irvine teaches nonfiction in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program at Southern New Hampshire University. She also offers a solo presentation and reading perfect for this moment in history: ‘HOW WE LIVE NOW: Art and the Animal Body in Uncertain Times.’
Please visit bluesage.org/StoryFest to register for this exciting literary event. For more info call 970/527.7243.