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Polishing Your Children’s Book Manuscript

You have a story in progress and maybe even a finished draft. How do you polish it for submission to a publisher? We’ll focus on strengthening story structure, dramatic tension, voice, and character development. Discover the right amount of detail…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Clare Meeker

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Start Date: 9/18/2014 – 7:00 PM

Taming the Beast: Gaining Perspective on Your Novel Draft

Upon completing a novel draft, writers are often bewildered. What is this mess I wrote? Who are these characters? What am I supposed to do now? Early drafts don’t often include what readers, editors, and publishers crave: compelling plot, solid…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Ross McMeekin and Robin Oliveira

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Start Date: 9/18/2014 – 7:00 PM

Writing the City

We will explore the city as it exists, thrives, and sometimes dies in words. This class wants to take a different approach to writing about the city. The class involves a close examination of three things: the philosophy of urban…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Charles Mudede

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Start Date: 9/18/2014 – 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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
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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
1 seats available

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