The Mark Program was a rigorous manuscript finishing school for Emerging Voices alumni. Each year, the program offered two cycles, one for fiction/non-fiction and one for poetry. Three to four applicants were selected for each cycle. Project Defense, Mid-Project Review, and Final Review were all mandatory components of the program.
Workshop will meet every other week for eighteen weeks. Workshop sessions are three hours in length. Mark participants are required to attend all nine Workshop meetings. In addition to revising their own manuscripts, Mark participants will read their colleagues work and provide thoughtful written critique each Workshop. Workshops will adhere to the schedule developed during the Project Defense stage.
Mid-Project Review All Mark participants will be scheduled for reviews with the Mark program faculty. Reviews will re-address the goals set out in the Project Defense and examine the participants' progress.
Final Review The Mark faculty and PEN staff will be in attendance at the Final Review. The participants will present their projects and a discussion will follow. The Mark faculty will play a large role in this review, especially in regards to publishing and query advice.
Eric Layer was born in San Francisco and has resided more or less in Los Angeles for more than a decade. He was a 2011 Emerging Voices Fellow and has received residency fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Foundation Obras in Portugal. His stories have been featured in The Rattling Wall, Palehouse, and The Medulla Review. He is working on his first collection of stories, tentatively titled Adults Only.
Natali Petricic was born in Long Beach, New York, shortly after her parents emigrated from Croatia. She received a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Natali was a 2004 Emerging Voices Fellow. Her short stories have been published in Santa Monica Review, Rosebud, and Red Wheelbarrow. She is currently working on Leaf Boats, a linked short story collection. Natali lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
Marytza K. Rubio is a writer from Santa Ana, CA. Her writing has been featured in Slice Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and The Rattling Wall. She is a 2008 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, the 2010 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in fiction, and a 2012 VONA alum. Her story, Brujeria for Beginners, was a finalist for the 2012 Orlando Prize in Short Fiction. She is writing a novel, The Chicano Consulate.
Avi Lall is a writer living in Long Beach, CA. In 2007 he was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. His work has appeared in The Asian-American Writers Workshop and Porcupine Literary Journal.
Eduardo Santiago was born Cuba and grew up in Los Angeles and Miami. He holds a BFA in film and television from California Institute of the Arts and was a 2004 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Lyon.
Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in Southern California. She holds degrees from the University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and UC Santa Barbara. She is a 2009 Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her short story, "The Alphabet Workbook," appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Journal of Pakistan Studies, The Pedestal Magazine, and An Anthology of California Poets. An English teacher, she lives in Southern California.
Alan Watt is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and publisher. The 90-Day Novel, Watt’s nonfiction guide to writing, was published in 2010. His novel Diamond Dogs (Little, Brown) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was recognized in the New York Times list of “New and Notable Books.” Diamond Dogs has won numerous awards, including France’s 2004 Prix Printemps. Watt recently adapted Diamond Dogs for the French film company Quad. In 2002, Watt founded LA Writers’ Lab to help writers of all levels unlock the story within. His 90-Day Novel workshops in Los Angeles are now taught online to writers worldwide. Writers Tribe Books, his publishing venture, will release four works of literary fiction in the winter of 2012.
Anna Journey is the author of the collection, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. Her poems are published in American Poetry Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah, and her essays appear in At Length, Blackbird, Notes on Contemporary Literature, Parnassus, and Plath Profiles. Journey holds a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, and she currently teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. She recently received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.