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That Swing

The music of a poem can augment the meaning to such a large extent that the sound and sense become synonymous. We will look at the measured lines in Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s “Heavenly Questions,” Theodore Roethke’s “Praise to the End,” and…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: J.W. Marshall

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Start Date: 7/7/2015 – 7:00 PM
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Brainstorming

It’s a question that can leave any writer paralyzed: “Where do I start?” We’ll explore the various answers to this question via the chaotic and completely necessary process of brainstorming. At the core of the class: a strategic method of…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Schmader

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Start Date: 7/7/2015 – 7:00 PM

Creating (Un)likable characters

Humbert Humbert, Ignatius Loyola, Nick and Amy Dunne – one of the great ironies of literature is that we are often most compelled and captivated by characters who are dirty, rotten people we would never want to know. Through generative…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 5:00 PM

Keeping It Brief: Writing Flash Fiction

Sudden fiction. Micro fiction. Short shorts. Generally considered anything under 1,000 words, flash fiction is an exciting, innovative art form that takes elements of a short story and compacts them, forging a gem from a lump of coal. Students will…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 10:00 AM

Fiction Toolbox: Writing Workshop

We will highlight four tools of fiction: dialogue, scene, conflict, and compassion. The first four weeks will be spent isolating and highlighting those skills with specific writing prompts, and the final two weeks will be devoted to student workshop.

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 7:00 PM
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Ending it All

What do jokes, sex, and fiction have in common? No matter how good the beginning and middle are, they’re ultimately judged on how things end. How can an ending not just tie up the loose ends but actually add meaning…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Rebecca Makkai

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 1:00 PM

Paying Attention

“The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there,” writes J. A. Baker. We’ll practice looking hard at both the natural and the man-made world. We’ll read examples of descriptive writing from H.D., Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Nicholson…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Andrew Palmer

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 10:00 AM

Lines Are for Suckers: Writing the Prose Poem

Charles Simic: “Writing a prose poem is a bit like trying to catch a fly in a dark room. The fly probably isn’t even there, the fly is inside your head, still, you keep tripping over and bumping into things…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Jason Whitmarsh and Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 7/11/2015 – 1:00 PM

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