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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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Bring the Kids: Writing for Parents

Seriously, bring the kids (under 10) to this reading and writing workshop for poets, fiction writers, and essayists. We’ll read and discuss some short works by writers who wrote notable works while they had young children such as Grace Paley,…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Ed Skoog

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Start Date: 10/9/2014 – 10:00 AM

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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Feeling It: Creating Emotional Depth in Fiction

Emotion is the point of connection between reader and story—the portal into a character’s life and a whole imagined universe. Yet sometimes we fumble our role as gatekeepers, either creating flat, inaccessible characters or pitching headlong into melodrama. How and…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alma García

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Start Date: 10/12/2014 – 1:00 PM
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Let’s Not Mention the Bomb in the Room

Bombs in Beirut, Boston, and Baghdad, suicide attacks in Sri Lanka, pirates in Somalia, revolutions in Egypt and falling towers in NYC. How do you write about events that take place during times of political conflict without burying your story…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Ru Freeman

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Start Date: 10/18/2014 – 1:00 PM

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