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You’re Making a Scene! Creating Scenes in Nonfiction

It’s no wonder we use this phrase when someone “grabs attention.” Even if scenes are quiet, nonfiction must possess the urgency of a novel. Using established writers’ work, we will learn how scenes engage the reader and why they serve…

Course Type: 2 Day  |   Instructor: Christine Hemp

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Start Date: 4/25/2015 – 1:00 PM
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Erasure Poems: This Vanishing is Illuminating

Pausing our usual vocabularies in favor of a giddy, intuitive stumbling, we’ll make new poems by erasing, obscuring, and masking old text. Each student will generate a beautiful, seemingly impenetrable question or choose a koan (paradoxical statement) to explore through…

Course Type: 2 Day  |   Instructor: Samar Abulhassan

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Start Date: 4/25/2015 – 1:00 PM

Saturday Morning Fiction Workshop (Ballard)

This roundtable workshop is designed to help short-story writers and novelists of all levels develop their fiction through in-class discussions of their own work. Each week, students will read and prepare comments on the student manuscripts up for discussion. The…

Course Type: 8 Week  |   Instructor: Ross McMeekin

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Start Date: 4/25/2015 – 10:00 AM

The Chekhovian Story

What makes Chekhov great? In this class, we’ll read iconic stories by the “father of the modern short story” as well as those by contemporary writers who write in a Chekhovian vein, such as Mavis Gallant, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Ehud…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 4/27/2015 – 7:00 PM

Putting Meat on the Bones of a Story

We all know the dictum “Write what you know,” but how do we get to know things we want to write about? The answer is a simple one: research. Writing realistically and accurately, whether fiction or nonfiction, requires an attention…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Neiwert

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Start Date: 4/27/2015 – 7:00 PM

Authoring Change: Writing Socially Engaged Nonfiction

Bring together your literary sensibility and your social conscience in this class, which will help you generate (and revise) essay, memoir, reportage, and commentary inspired by social and political issues. We’ll focus on a different nonfiction form each week, reading…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Wendy Call

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Start Date: 4/28/2015 – 6:00 PM

Intro to Fiction: Writing the Short Story

This class will focus on the three-part backbone of story: character, plot, and landscape. Who is your main character? What do they want? What keeps them from getting what they want? Readings and discussions will include canonical and contemporary stories…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 4/29/2015 – 7:00 PM
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How to Make The Best of Inciting Incidents

Any story that involves a quest – i.e., most stories – starts with a disturbing event known to fiction writers and filmmakers as the “inciting incident,” which often collides with a character’s deeply held beliefs or values. This class will…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 4/30/2015 – 7:00 PM

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