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Character Development

Our characters are the heart of our stories. Getting to know them can spark your desire to get your story going. Make them rich and believable and they’ll stay with your readers long after they’ve finished reading. We’ll build a…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Stephanie Kuehnert

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Start Date: 7/19/2014 – 1:00 PM
5 seats available

Intro to the Short Story

“Where does one begin?” asks Amy Hempel in an essay on short stories. Her answer: “With obsession and nerve and ground worth reporting on.” This two-day introduction lays down a few simple but fundamental craft concepts toward writing short stories….

Course Type: 2 Day  |   Instructor: Jeff Bender

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Start Date: 7/19/2014 – 1:00 PM
3 seats available

Writing in the Field

Frank O’Hara walked the streets of Manhattan on his lunch break, sometimes stopping to type the beginning of a poem at the Olivetti showroom, which eventually brought about Lunch Poems. We will read and study the prose and poetry of place and…

Course Type: 4 Week  |   Instructor: Rachel Kessler

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Start Date: 7/19/2014 – 10:00 AM

Reading and Writing Suspense: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

One of the most popular novels of recent years, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a killer mystery that’s as deep of character as it is explosive of plot. We’ll look at how Flynn wields narrative tools such as character, pacing,…

Course Type: 3 Day  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 7/22/2014 – 7:00 PM

Bringing Your Novel Into the World

This is a class for writers who are in the midst of working on a novel. The class will cover various elements of craft and structure, and explore the psychological, emotional, and metaphysical work that a novelist does to bring…

Course Type: 4 Week  |   Instructor: Ryan Boudinot

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Start Date: 7/22/2014 – 10:00 AM
1 seats available

Structuring the Longer Form

Whether you’re writing a novel, memoir, or book-length creative nonfiction work, you will need to build a scaffold off which to hang your story. This is the most confounding part of craft to master, yet so important. Your framework must…

Course Type: 2 Day  |   Instructor: Jennie Shortridge

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Start Date: 7/23/2014 – 7:00 PM
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First Impressions Are Everything

We’ll focus on the essential elements of the first ten pages of a memoir. What makes a reader (or editor!) want to keep reading? How do you quickly convey the essence of the story and grab the reader’s attention? What’s…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 7/26/2014 – 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. Tim O’Brien says, “Story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” You won’t just be writing “what you know,” but…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Carter Sickels

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Start Date: 7/26/2014 – 2:00 PM
2 seats available

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