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SWC Guest Writers Series 5th Annual Spring Literary Festival

SWC Guest Writers Series

5th Annual Spring Literary Festival

Writing Flash Science Fiction: “Hats, Wigs, and Writing, Oh My!”
Monday, May 5
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Room L238
Facilitator: Peter Tieryas Liu
“What if everyone in the world lost their hair?” Science fiction isn’t so much about science as it is how people are changed by it. How do you take an epic saga and trim it down to one page and give that story emotional resonance? Bring a hat or a wig as we do some exercises weaving together narratives based on simple changes in daily life that result in paradigm shifts.

Writing Comic Book Narratives: “Let’s Get Graphic!”
Monday, May 5
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room L238
Facilitator: Peter Tieryas Liu
Comic book scripts are incredibly diverse. So, how best to paint a world using words? With technology advances, it’s much easier to bring these tales to life and the instructor will draw on some of his experiences working in film and games to illustrate that comics aren’t just about superheroes. They’re about you and me.

PETER TIERYAS LIU is the author of Watering Heaven (2012, Signal 8 Press) and Bald New World (Perfect Edge Books, June 2014). Bald New World was listed as one of BuzzFeed's 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2014 and Watering Heaven was long listed for the Frank O'Connor Int'l Short Story Award and an Amazon best-seller. His work has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines including Electric Literature, Evergreen Review, Gargoyle, Hobart, Indiana Review, and ZYZZYVA. He's a co-founder of Entropy Magazine and worked as a technical writer for LucasArts, the gaming division of LucasFilm.

SWC Guest Writers Series “Spring 2014 Literary Festival” is sponsored and supported by SWC Foundation, Poets and Writers Inc., SWC English Department, and the School of Languages and Literature.

And a big thanks for the support and collaboration from our creative writing club THE OTHER WRITERS GUILD and Writing Center Adjunct Coordinator Jennifer Derilo (English Department).

Guest Writers Series invites authors whose work involves universal themes and multicultural contexts. Live literature enriches audiences by offering new ways to view everyday experiences. Faculty, staff, and students will gain an opportunity to think critically about the world around them through the myriad perspectives offered by the guest writers and their work.

For more information, please contact
Francisco Bustos:
Jennifer Derilo:

Educational Incentive Credit
Please follow Educational Incentive guidelines; form available in Human Resources. Approval from supervisor and Human Resources Director are required prior to each activity.

Hurdle Credit – Starting January 2009
It is recommended that you obtain approval from cognizant Vice President prior to each activity.
Please follow Reclassification Procedures (SCEA guidelines; form available in Human Resources.

Flex Credit
Please register online, and on date of activity sign your name and indicate Flex credit on the attendance roster.

Guest Writers Series Workshops