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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

Obsession

We will open by discussing just what a poetic obsession is. Then we’ll apply that definition to strategies for engaging with poems written as parts of long projects, sequences, and works in series. We’ll read excerpts of works from longer…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Oliver de la Paz

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Start Date: 9/27/2014 – 1:00 PM

Finding Your Genre

Learn the bare bones of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—then blur those lines to create something that suits your story. Come to class with an idea—and old family story, a personal experience, or something you’ve always imagined bringing to…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Megan Kruse

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Start Date: 9/27/2014 – 1:00 PM

Asking the Right Questions: Self-Inquiry in Memoir

The best memoirs explore very specific questions that obsess the writer. Discovering the questions within your personal obsessions and learning how to keep them alive as you write—as opposed to killing them dead with an easy answer—will unlock your story’s…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Suzanne Morrison

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Start Date: 10/4/2014 – 1:00 PM
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Life in a Teacup

In this workshop, we will talk about and write flash fiction—those marvelous little stories that can be a single sentence or a couple of pages. Think of them as worlds in a teacup. You will be asked to write a…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Whitney Otto

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Start Date: 10/5/2014 – 1:00 PM
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50 Shades of Hot: How to Write About Sex Without Shame

Even though people think about sex all the time, and even have it occasionally, writers tend to shy away from the subject. Which is crazy. Because sex is the one experience that makes us all hopeful and horny and embarrassed…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/6/2014 – 3:00 PM

How to Write Riveting Scenes

The key to any unforgettable work of prose resides in the quality of its scenes. In this class, we’ll look at some of the best scenes ever written and investigate what it takes to write a scene that keeps readers…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/6/2014 – 10:00 AM
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Put Poetry’s Nose Back On: A Discussion with Kay Ryan

Poetry got so tired of being conflated with “rhyme” that it completely gave rhyme up for a number of decades in the twentieth century to prove it could do without it. But that was cutting off Poetry’s nose to spite…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Kay Ryan

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Start Date: 10/9/2014 – 10:00 AM
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