CHARLESTON -- Registration is now open for those who wish to participate in craft talks with emerging authors and chat with literary magazine editors during Lions in Winter, an annual literary festival held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The festival, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, will feature readings by visiting authors, craft talks, an editors’ panel, a book fair and more.

Lions in Winter 2018 will kick off Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on EIU’s campus. The festival will feature three writers who will give readings of their work and will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Registration is required for a portion of the festival events on Saturday. The cost for general admission is $40 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch in addition to craft talks scheduled throughout the day and an afternoon editors’ panel. High school students, college students, and EIU faculty may register and attend for free or pay $10 to add lunch. Coles County Art Council members can contact the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office to receive a discounted price of $30. Registration can be completed at our new website at castle.eiu.edu/lionsinwinter/registration. Onsite general admission the day of the event is $50.

In “Logic of the Eye,” C.M. Burroughs will explore how poets keep their readers stable when a poem’s narrative is nonlinear or difficult to discern. Burroughs will demonstrate how you might lead a reader from your first line to your last using imagery as primary energy, and how to read poems that are grounded strongly in the logic of the eye.

Rachael Hanel will present “Time is of the Essence—Chronology in Memoir,” an examination of how memoirists deal with the notion of time. An effective memoir doesn’t simply start at Point A and go straight through to end at Point Z. Instead, stories shift back and forth from past to present, sometimes chapter by chapter but at other times it’s even as nuanced as paragraph by paragraph. In this craft talk, Hanel will survey the decisions authors have to make in terms of chronology.

“What Movies Can Teach Us As Writers” will be the topic for Vu Tran, author of the novel "Dragonfish," a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. In this craft talk, Tran will analyze how the language of cinema has seeped into the ways we tell stories on the page, and how writers can learn from and take advantage of their cinematic impulses. Tran will also consider that most important question: what can literature do that cinema cannot?

Sponsors for Lions in Winter 2018 include the Doudna Fine Arts Center New and Emerging Artists Series, EIU College of Arts and Humanities, EIU Department of English, Tarble Arts Center, the Coles County Arts Council, Unique Suites Hotel and the Brick House Bar & Grill.

Visit the new Lions in Winter website at castle.eiu.edu/lionsinwinter/ to register, learn more about the event and the visiting authors, and find information on hotel accommodations in the surrounding area. Questions can be directed to dringuette@eiu.edu or the EIU Department of English at 217-581-2428.

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