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Hugo House Collaboration Series [Sierra Nelson]

For more than seventeen years, poet and multidisciplinary artist Sierra Nelson has been collaboratively writing, performing, teaching, and engaging in creative conversation with fellow writers and artists as a core part of her practice. This series of collaboratively taught classes…

Novel Prep

Even for very rough drafts, you need a good sense of where you’re going and how to get there before you start. But how do you decide where you’re going until you meet your characters, hear their voices, and write…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Laurie Frankel

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Start Date: 9/9/2015 – 7:00 PM
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Essay Experiments

The essay is a fluid and experimental form, and we will push the boundaries of what is possible, working on essays that include found text, interweave poetry and prose, and adopt other forms as homes. We’ll read excellent examples and…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald

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Start Date: 9/9/2015 – 7:00 PM

Mode in Poems

Identifying modes of poems is an underused method of diagnosing why they satisfy the reader (or don’t). In this workshop, we’ll define the four basic modes of poems (lyric, narrative, argument, description) and read examples of each. Then we’ll turn…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Natasha Saje

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Start Date: 9/10/2015 – 6:00 PM

Master Class: Finding Your Perspective

We will focus on understanding our own particular perspective as writers. We’ll discuss how to construct characters by writing through their eyes, and how writers from Baudelaire to William Carlos Williams and Saul Bellows revealed their characters by isolating the way…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Dinaw Mengestu

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Start Date: 9/12/2015 – 10:00 AM

How Embarrassing!: Shame as Narrative Escalation

This course will focus on developing your characters’ motivations and personalities by tying their most humiliating traits and secrets to plot development. In addition to writing exercises, we will explore and analyze textual examples by authors such as Junot Diaz,…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alissa Nutting

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Start Date: 9/12/2015 – 1:00 PM

Drafting and Editing Poems

Want to get better at starting poems? Want to get better at refining drafts? This workshop on the relationship between the drafting and editing phases of writing poetry will help! Class will include a lecture about these two distinctly different…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Sarah Galvin

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Start Date: 9/12/2015 – 1:00 PM

The Next Scene: Driving the Story Forward in Nonfiction

Using established writers’ work, we will explore craft and structure, learning how one scene can build upon another. We’ll tackle elements that also appear in fiction: dialogue, precise description, and narrative arc. Each participant will leave with at least one…

Course Type: 2 Day  |   Instructor: Christine Hemp

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Start Date: 9/12/2015 – 10:00 AM

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