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Hello and Welcome to My Writing

Applying to prizes and various other opportunities is often a necessary part of a writer’s life—and seemingly ubiquitous among these applications is the “please discuss your work” statement or introduction. How can we articulate our guiding forces in a way…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Wendy Xu

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Start Date: 3/26/2015 – 5:00 PM

Master Class: The Theory and Practice of Trust

We will pursue a fresh collaborative approach with the abiding spirit of writing as it inhabits texts in non-Western traditions. We will discuss certain Zen and Haiku approaches to writing, as well as lessons gleaned from my teachers in the…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Luis Urrea

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Start Date: 3/27/2015 – 10:00 AM
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The Unlikable Narrator

For a while it seemed the unlikable narrator no longer needed defending. Apparently, however, many readers and writers do not agree. They don’t like narrators who are sexist, racist, or homophobic. They don’t like a narrator who doesn’t fulfill his…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Mary Miller

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Start Date: 3/29/2015 – 1:00 PM

Hitchcock’s Lessons of Suspense: A Class for Writers and Photographers

Both writers and photographers can sharpen their storytelling skills by building tension and suspense. And who better to learn from than master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock? Students will analyze clips from Hitchcock’s noir classics, dissect his techniques, then apply these lessons…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Cynthia Hartwig

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Start Date: 4/1/2015 – 6:00 PM

Master Class: Mind the Gap

Poetry has been called the most condensed form of verbal expression. This course will consider the role – or perhaps the power – of what’s left out of a poem. Poets all deal with the question of how to stop…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Rae Armantrout

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Start Date: 4/3/2015 – 1:00 PM
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To “I” or Not To “I”

Does the poem in first person necessarily lean toward memoir and, conversely, does the poem without an acknowledged speaker necessarily lean toward fairy tale? Can assumptions inherent in a poem’s perspective be useful to the poet? These are some of…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: J.W. Marshall

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Start Date: 4/6/2015 – 7:00 PM

Advanced Fiction Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to make you a better writer by developing your critical eye and your command of the fiction craft. Through a combination of workshop, critique, and close readings of the best contemporary short stories, we’ll…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 4/7/2015 – 5:00 PM
5 seats available

Holding Up a Mirror: Writing Contemporary Issues

Featuring ten instructors teaching classes on ways to write thoughtfully about race, background, class, orientation, and more—of your own perspective and the perspective of others. Self-Critique/Self-Incrimination with David Schmader “To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Various

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Start Date: 4/11/2015 – 10:00 AM

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