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Inclusion, Omission, Precision Section II

Generally speaking, most poems don’t have enough in them. To begin with, they usually don’t have enough objective information in them—not enough spinach smoothies or stock brokers reading their iPhones on the escalator at Neiman Marcus; not enough rusty oil tankers and tarantulas hiding…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Tony Hoagland

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Start Date: 9/14/2014 – 1:00 PM
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Narrative Time: Balancing Pace and Plot

The relationship between time and story structure is complicated. If your time span is too short, your pacing can feel rushed, while if it’s too long you can lose tension, stakes, and momentum. We’ll examine how to get time on…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 9/15/2014 – 7:10 PM

Memoir and Its Potential Impact

Does your memoir potentially impact those around you (family, friends, colleagues, community)? Does it involve digging at some tough issues? We’ll tackle how writing memoir affects those who appear on the page, including the self. We’ll generate material and read…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Tara Hardy

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Start Date: 9/15/2014 – 5:00 PM
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Sustaining Wonder: the Art of Narrative Poetry

Robert Hass has written that human beings “can’t sustain wonder.” Yet that’s the challenge facing the narrative poem: how to sustain wonder beyond the lyric moment of inspiration into the narrative momentum of the story. We’ll create and share new…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 9/15/2014 – 7:00 PM

Inclusion, Omission, Precision Section III

Generally speaking, most poems don’t have enough in them. To begin with, they usually don’t have enough objective information in them—not enough spinach smoothies or stock brokers reading their iPhones on the escalator at Neiman Marcus; not enough rusty oil tankers and tarantulas hiding…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Tony Hoagland

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Start Date: 9/15/2014 – 1:00 PM
3 seats available

Yearlong Manuscript Class in Prose

ABOUT YEARLONG CLASSES AT HUGO HOUSE In weekly meetings over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, class will provide advanced and dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a publishable draft of a book. Whether you are early…

Course Type: 32 Week  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 9/16/2014 – 7:00 PM
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Form is Your Friend: Crafting Creative Nonfiction

When writing creative nonfiction, we consider how to best shape the raw material of our experience into writing that resonates beyond us. We’ll examine the wide variety of forms available (braid, collage, container, and more), and we’ll craft our own…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Jennie Goode

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Start Date: 9/16/2014 – 7:00 PM
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Brainstorming

It’s a question that can leave any writer paralyzed: “Where do I start?” We’ll explore the best method of finding the answer via the chaotic and completely necessary process of brainstorming. At the core of the class: a strategic method…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Schmader

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Start Date: 9/16/2014 – 7:00 PM
1 seats available

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