Evan Balkan | Presenter
Evan Balkan has published six books of nonfiction, including The Wrath of God (Univ. of New Mexico Press) as well as many essays and short stories. His novel Spitfire was published in Fall 2018 (Amphorae Publishing) and his novel Independence is forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press. His screenplay Spitfire, adapted from his novel, won the 2016 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition and a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship, a Rocaberti scholarship, and was a semifinalist in the Screencraft Family Friendly Screenplay Competition and a finalist in the ISA Stowe Story Labs fellowship; his screenplay Children of Disobedience won the 2017 Baltimore Screenwriting Competition. He is a co-writer for the television series, Wayward Girls. He coordinates the English Department at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he runs the creative writing program, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University's graduate Teaching Writing program. He holds degrees from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins. The latter degree is in fiction; his thesis project, the novel Root That Mountain Down, won an Individual Artist Award for Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Evan will be teaching sessions on the following topics:
Ten Places Travel Writing Goes Wrong - This workshop identifies ten places where novice travel writers go wrong—and inversely, where we as travel writers can "go right."
Screenwriting 101: The Basics (and Secrets for Success) - Because writing for television and movies is such a prescriptive medium, this session will give attendees the basics they need to know to write a properly formatted and properly structured script. But the session goes beyond that to explore narrative and how the prescriptive structure of scripts can be used to the writer’s advantage by providing a formula and a frame.