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Writing Alongside Whitman & Ginsberg

This class is devoted to writing alongside two masters of the American vernacular. We’ll start with Walt Whitman, exploring his long line, his musical phrasing, and his expansive extensions of the poetic “I.” Then, casting all caution to the winds,…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 9/20/2014 – 10:00 AM
3 seats available

Turning Life Into Fiction

Fiction gives you the freedom to make up stories, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at your own life for inspiration. The writer Tim O’Brien says, “Story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” You won’t just be writing “what you…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Carter Sickels

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Start Date: 9/20/2014 – 1:00 PM
5 seats available

Story Intensive: Assembling and Polishing Toward a Collection

How does one turn a handful of drafted short stories into a finished collection? This class will provide you with the basics of assembling a polished short fiction collection. Class time will be spent looking at two debut collections as…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

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Start Date: 9/20/2014 – 10:00 AM

Anecdotes of the Jar: Create a Tiny Universe in Less Than 10 Lines

Do you ever wonder how a poet makes a perfect poem in less time than it takes most people to say hello? Well: us, too. We’ll explore some great short poems by H. D., Jack Spicer, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein,…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Dorothea Lasky

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Start Date: 9/20/2014 – 1:00 PM

Sentence and Sensibility

The sentence is the primary unit of all prose. It expresses the rhythm of a writer’s breath and the pattern of their deepest sensibility. We’ll look at great sentences of all kinds and we’ll consider the elements of sentence making—structure, grammar, length,…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Mona Simpson

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Start Date: 9/20/2014 – 1:00 PM
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Master Class in Poetry

The aim of this poetry workshop will be to help the students, regardless of age or previous experience, to work toward writing the best poems they can write. The instructor will offer examples from poetry of the past and present…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: David Wagoner

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Start Date: 9/21/2014 – 10:00 AM
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Close Encounters of the Third-Person Kind

Point of view is one of the most complex elements of writing fiction, and third-person POV can be especially nuanced in tone, language, and narrative distance. We’ll study the qualities that comprise so-called “close third-person” POV—POV that has full access…

Course Type: 4 Week  |   Instructor: Raymond Fleischmann

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Start Date: 9/21/2014 – 10:00 AM

Beckett’s Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable

Imagine a novel set in a sensory deprivation tank, penned by a prisoner from Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave.” In a world obliterated by modernity’s solar brilliance, what might shadows cast on a cave wall tell us about time,…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Jeff Encke

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Start Date: 9/27/2014 – 10:00 AM

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