Arts en APR Special: Aspen Film Screenwriters Panel <p>Writing for the Screen: How to Create Characters and Keep Your Friends</p><p>What's the creative core of every film and TV story? The script. Once again, in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation, we're delighted to present an entertaining discussion with a talented group of award-winning writers whose collective experiences cover television and film, comedy and drama. How are story and series ideas created? How do writers find their characters and motivations? What are the unique aspects and challenges of writing for film or television? Join us for a spirited and illuminating conversation with an engaging set of screenwriters. Participants confirmed at press time: Peter Blake (Elementary, House M.D.), Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), and David Pollock (M*A*S*H).<br /><br />Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall<br /><br />More about Aspen Film at</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:42:52 +0000 Rob St. Mary 17224 at APR Special: Aspen Film Screenwriters Panel Featured Poets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Centuries after the Greeks celebrated poetry readings as part of the original Olympics, poetry is alive, well and thriving.&nbsp; From the classics to hip-hop and slam, people are writing and reading poetry everyday.&nbsp; Poems, like little word pictures say so much in so few words.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thanks to the Aspen Poet’s Society the spoken word is heard year round at monthly live poetry readings. &nbsp;One of the highlights of these monthly live poetry readings is a featured poet; sometimes local poets other times poets visiting to read their work. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:41:04 +0000 Roger Adams 17071 at Featured Poets First Draft - Jamie Quatro <p>Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, <em>I Want To Show You More</em> is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the <em>New York Times</em> and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in <em>The New Yorker</em>.&nbsp; Quatro’s work has appeared in&nbsp;<em>Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review,</em> and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the&nbsp;<em>O.Henry Prize Stories 2013</em> and in the 9th edition of&nbsp;<em>The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). </em>Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William &amp; Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at&nbsp;<em>Oxford American</em> magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. <a href=""></a></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 16998 at First Draft - Jamie Quatro First Draft - Russell Banks <p>Russell Banks is the author of more than a dozen works, which include poetry, short stories, novels and essays.&nbsp; His novels <em>Cloudsplitter</em> and <em>Continental Drift</em> were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.&nbsp; <em>The Sweet Hereafter</em> and<em> Affliction</em> were made into feature films.&nbsp; His latest work is a short story collection called <em>A Permanent Member of the Family</em>.&nbsp; Banks is the recipient of numerous literary awards, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.&nbsp; He lives in Keene, New York and Miami, Florida.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:28:35 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 10113 at First Draft - Russell Banks CrossCurrents - Aspen Film ShortsFest <p>Laura Thielen and George Eldred of Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest. The festival runs April 8-13 in Aspen and Carbondale.<br /><br /><a href=""></a></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 16459 at CrossCurrents - Aspen Film ShortsFest