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Writing a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck

Learn from a Nicholl Fellow how to avoid making novice mistakes in your screenplay. In this six-week class, you’ll find out how to create a clear protagonist, understand genre and tone, pare down, pass the Bechdel Test, end superficiality, and…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Sonya Lea

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Start Date: 10/14/2015 – 5:00 PM

Memoir As Quest

Students will outline their memoirs and write critical scenes as we explore the intersection of the hero’s journey and the three-act narrative. We’ll study the difference between situation and story, working unwieldy experiences into narrative arcs. A class for those…

Course Type: 16 Week  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 10/15/2015 – 10:00 AM

Publishing Choices

What is print-on-demand? How does it differ from self-publishing? Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher? All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing their respective books. You owe…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alice Acheson

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Start Date: 10/16/2015 – 6:00 PM

Your Book; What’s Next?

You love the writing, don’t like the marketing. You don’t know how to navigate today’s tsunami of publishing and marketing information, how to research and compile a list of publishers and agents best suited for your manuscript, and how to…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alice Acheson

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Start Date: 10/17/2015 – 10:00 AM

How Not to be Yourself: Techniques of Othering

Writing as self-expression—an attempt to reach the core truth of ourselves—can be limiting. Eventually we either run out of material or end up using the same clichés over and over. This class introduces some experimental techniques distilled from the practice(s)…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Maged Zaher

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Start Date: 10/17/2015 – 1:00 PM
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Bound-for-Success Book Proposal

Avoid book proposal agita! It’s time to begin collecting information. We will discuss which elements come together to make a selling proposal and which parts of your book should be highlighted. Here you will learn how to convince an agent…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alice Acheson

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Start Date: 10/18/2015 – 10:00 AM

Intensive: Japanese Forms to Tilt the Western Mind

This class is for writers who are interested in exploring classic forms from Japan. A sense of one’s own style is a good departure point for experimentation that will include the often-abused haiku as well as the lesser-known zuihitsu. Each…

Course Type: 1 Week  |   Instructor: Kimiko Hahn

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Start Date: 10/20/2015 – 6:00 PM

Writing the Political Memoir/Essay

How did you become politicized? Where are your politics (emphasis on the lowercase “p”) located historically, culturally, personally? How can this be transmitted in ways that engage, surprise, and transform readers? We’ll read excerpts from writers who in some way…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Wendy Ortiz

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Start Date: 10/21/2015 – 4:00 PM

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