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Fiction Critique

The best way to learn to write fiction is to do it, receive informed and constructive feedback, and then revise. Each student will bring one manuscript of up to 8,000 words (either stand-alone story or the beginning of a novel)…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Nancy Kress

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Start Date: 9/8/2014 – 7:00 PM

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/play/get…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Laurie Frankel

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Start Date: 9/10/2014 – 7:00 PM

Urgency and Momentum

One problem of writing workshops is that participants almost always finish reading the story under discussion, whether it has any urgency and momentum or not. In the real world, that’s not always the case. How do we get a sense…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Charles Baxter

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Start Date: 9/11/2014 – 10:00 AM
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Inclusion, Omission, Precision Section I

Generally speaking, most poems don’t have enough in them. To begin with, they usually don’t have enough objective information in them—not enough spinach smoothies or stock brokers reading their iPhones on the escalator at Neiman Marcus; not enough rusty oil tankers and tarantulas hiding…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Tony Hoagland

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Start Date: 9/13/2014 – 1:00 PM
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Wandering and Wondering: the Connection Between Walking and Writing

In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit writes: “Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Dianne Aprile

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Start Date: 9/13/2014 – 10:00 AM

Inclusion, Omission, Precision Section II

Generally speaking, most poems don’t have enough in them. To begin with, they usually don’t have enough objective information in them—not enough spinach smoothies or stock brokers reading their iPhones on the escalator at Neiman Marcus; not enough rusty oil tankers and tarantulas hiding…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Tony Hoagland

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Start Date: 9/14/2014 – 1:00 PM

Narrative Time: Balancing Pace and Plot

The relationship between time and story structure is complicated. If your time span is too short, your pacing can feel rushed, while if it’s too long you can lose tension, stakes, and momentum. We’ll examine how to get time on…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 9/15/2014 – 7:10 PM

Inclusion, Omission, Precision Section III

Generally speaking, most poems don’t have enough in them. To begin with, they usually don’t have enough objective information in them—not enough spinach smoothies or stock brokers reading their iPhones on the escalator at Neiman Marcus; not enough rusty oil tankers and tarantulas hiding…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Tony Hoagland

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Start Date: 9/15/2014 – 1:00 PM

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