2009 Foothill Writers Conference (Partial Schedule of Events)

Self has been giving workshops at the Foothill Writers Conference for years now, and she’ll say it again: this is one of the best writers conferences in the Bay Area, and it is still by far the most affordable. Where else can you get four days of workshops and readings, for less than $100? (For California residents, conference registration is a measly $53!) Mood is low-key and fun. You’ll find registration information, here.

Self’s workshops are Thursday, July 9, and Sunday, July 12. As it happens, Barbara Jane Reyes, Greg Sarris, and Justin Chin are also doing workshops on Thursday. So we’ll all be able to drop in on each other between workshops and/or readings, hopefully.

So, here’s the line-up for Thursday, 9 July, and Sunday, 12 July:

Thursday Faculty Readings
12 – 1:30 p.m. Alan Cheuse * Greg Sarris * Kim Wolterbeek

Thursday Workshops
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Justin Chin: “Monster Mush: The Uses and Abuses of Sentimentality in Writing”

Barbara Jane Reyes: “Poetry, Politics and Prayer: The Litany and the Line”

Greg Sarris: “Fiction: Writing From Home”

Marianne Villanueva: Writing Exercises in Flash Fiction

3:15 – 5 p.m. Thursday Workshops

Justin Chin: Memoir/ Personal Story Manuscript Workshop

Barbara Jane Reyes: Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Greg Sarris: “Fiction: Writing From Home”

Marianne Villanueva: Fiction Manuscript Workshop

5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday Faculty Readings
Justin Chin * Scott Inguito * Barbara Jane Reyes

Sunday, July 12 Faculty Readings
12 – 1:30 p.m. Tony Tulathimutte * Daniel Haysbert * Marianne Villanueva

Sunday Workshops
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Barbara Jane Reyes: “Poetry, Politics and Prayer: The Litany and the Line”

Marianne Villanueva: “What Narrative Poetry Can Teach Prose Writers”

3:15 – 5 p.m. Sunday Workshops

Barbara Jane Reyes: Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Marianne Villanueva: “Strategies for Revising the Voice-Driven Story”

5:30 – 7 p.m. Sunday Readings:
Student Readings and Musical Performance by Avotcja Jiltonilro and Modupue


  1. May 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Wow Marianne, we are teaching at exactly the same times (x4). The good news is I’ll be able to make it to your reading.

  2. May 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    And I’ll be able to make it to yours. Can’t wait!

  3. John Kallio said,

    September 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    How can I get in touch with Greg Sarris to offer a workshop position for a Lit. Festival in 2010?

  4. September 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    He teaches at Sonoma State. I’m sure his contact info is listed on their website. Good luck!

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