Turning Your Life into Art: A Workshop in Fiction, Memoir and Screenplay With Charles Salzburg, Ross Klavan and Christina Chiu





Friday, October 21st, 2016

4:00 pm–6:00 p.m.

Workshop Overview: Objectives, guidelines, aesthetics, exercises, assignments, discussions

6-  8 p.m.


8–10 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

10 -12 p.m.

Reviewing of Exercises of the previous day.  Watching and discussing film excerpts.

12 – 1:30 p.m


1:30 – 5 p.m.

Writing time and individual consultations.


7 p.m.

Dinner followed by a showing of Ross Klavan’s film, “Tigerland.” There will be a discussion of the film after the viewing.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

9:30- 12 p.m

One on one meetings with Ross Klavan, Charles Salzberg and Christina Chiu. General discussion of the publishing industry.

Ross Klavan’s work spans film, books and TV. His comic novel Schmuck was published by Greenpoint Press in 2014. His screenplay for the film “Tigerland” (starring Colin Farrell) was nominated for an Independent Sprit Award. He’s presented his work in performance and his voice can be heard in a variety of films, TV shows and commercials.


Charles Salzberg is a former magazine journalist whose work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York magazine, The New York Times, Redbook and other periodicals. His novel, Swann’s Last Song was nominated for a Shamus Award, and he is also the author of Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, which was a Finalist for a Beverly Hills Book Award, and Devil in the Hole, which is based on a true crime and was called one of the Best Crime Books of the Year by Suspense magazine. He has been a Visiting Professor of Magazine at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and he now teaches writing at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop where he is a Founding Member.


Christina Chiu,

Curator and co-host of the Pen Parentis Literary Salons, is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnams Sons in 2001. She has published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, and Acorn. Her accolades include the Asian American Literary Award, the Robert Simpson Fellowship, the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club; she won of the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest, won second place in the Playboy Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. Troublemaker has been translated into German and French. Chiu is one of the Founding members of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She judged the 14th Annual Asian American Literary Award in 2001 and served as fellowship panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University. Chiu is currently working on a novel. She also teaches at Hudson Valley Writers Center.