Posts about “Classy Talk”

Classy Talk with Dianne Aprile: The Art of the Interview

Posted Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:51am by  |  Category: , ,

Whether you’re writing a novel, story, profile, or memoir, what you learn about your topics depends on what questions you ask—and how you ask them. This fall, Dianne Aprile teaches the six-session multigenre class The Art of the Interview, in…

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Classy Talk with Alice Acheson: Boot Camp for Writers’ Conferences

Posted Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:00am by  |  Category: , ,

You’ve heard of authors meeting their agents (or editors) at writers’ conferences, but how does that happen?   Boot Camp for Writers’ Conferences with Alice Acheson is a class that will prepare you for upcoming conferences. An independent book marketing…

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Beyond Autobiography: Experimentation…Q&A with Sierra Nelson and Gretchen Bennett

Posted Thu, 7/28/2016 - 2:00pm by  |  Category: , ,

For four Saturdays in August (8/6–8/27), visual artist and writer Gretchen Bennett and poet and performer Sierra Nelson will be co-teaching a class called Beyond Autobiography: Multi-Disciplinary Experiments—a generative writing class that also draws on other art forms to provide…

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Micro Lesson: Mary Lane Potter

Posted Mon, 6/13/2016 - 12:31pm by  |  Category: , , ,

Mary Lane Potter‘s eight-session fiction class, Writing Through Revision, begins July 14. Register here. How to Perform a “Shake It Up Baby Now” Revision In my class, Writing Through Revision, we’re going to write a short story through a guided process of…

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Micro Lesson: Aimee Suzara

Posted Mon, 5/23/2016 - 4:34pm by  |  Category:

A sample of Aimee Suzara’s “Poetic Moments: Flashplays and Writing for Performance” workshop on May 28 1. An example of what we will be reading: Since this is a four-hour intensive workshop, we’ll read and view some short plays together by…

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Micro Lesson: Building the Story with Kirsten Lunstrum

Posted Fri, 4/29/2016 - 12:05pm by  |  Category:

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum’s Building the Story will begin May 7. Register now! 1.    What we will be reading: We’ll read both a book on craft (the gold standard for fiction writing—Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction: A Narrative Guide to Craft) and…

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An unrevised sketch of some ideas about revision

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 12:14pm by  |  Category:

Justin Taylor will teach “Vision and Revision,” starting Jan. 28. Register now! There’s no other readerly disappointment quite like something that almost works. The writer clearly has talent, natural as well as honed, and has put substantial time and energy…

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Micro-Lesson | Jane Wong on the Poetry of Memoir

Posted Wed, 10/28/2015 - 6:17pm by  |  Category:

A sampler of Jane Wong’s upcoming class, “The Poetry of Memoir,” beginning May 13. 1. An example of what we will be reading: We will read a multitude of different approaches to memoir in verse, including Eduardo C. Corral and…

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Micro-Lesson | Samantha Updegrave on Starting a Lexicon

Posted Mon, 9/28/2015 - 7:14pm by  |  Category:

Samantha Updegrave will teach Let’s Start a Lexicon – The Art of Collecting Words this Saturday, Oct. 3. One day only. Register now! In your writing notebook … 1. What’s your favorite word, or a word that’s following you around…

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Micro-Lesson | Katinka Kraft: Step Up to the Mic

Posted Tue, 9/08/2015 - 3:00pm by  |  Category:

A reading example: One of the readings we will do is a chapter on “Presence” from Anna Deavere Smith’s book Letter to a Young Artist: Straight up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts. Smith says,” Presence defies the limits of…

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Micro-Lesson | Waverly Fitzgerald: Essay Experiments

Posted Tue, 9/08/2015 - 1:50pm by  |  Category:

Originally I was going to call the class “Hermit Crab Essays” because I was inspired by the strange and wonderful form which is pretty popular right now in literary journals, and which was given this name by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola…

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Micro Lesson | Christine Hemp on The Next Scene

Posted Fri, 9/04/2015 - 4:21pm by  |  Category:

A colleague of mine at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival tells her students, “If you don’t know the shape of your story, begin by writing a bunch of scenes!” Scenes are the building blocks of narrative, and we’ll be hammering…

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Micro-Lesson | Jane Wong on Crafting Line Breaks

Posted Tue, 7/07/2015 - 11:42am by  |  Category:

1. An example of what we will be reading: We will read a multitude of different line-break styles from poets such as Jack Spicer, Brenda Shaughnessy, Susan Howe, Richard Hugo, Hannah Sanghee Park, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and more. Take a look…

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Micro-Lesson | Waverly Fitzgerald and Annie Pearson on DIY Publishing

Posted Mon, 7/06/2015 - 2:27pm by  |  Category:

Beginning with the first class of DIY Publishing, we will encourage writers to introduce their books with the prompt “Tell us who you are and what you book is about.” With each session, this introduction will become more natural and…

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Micro-Lesson | Creating (Un)likable Characters with Michael Shilling

Posted Thu, 7/02/2015 - 1:52pm by  |  Category:

Hi writers! This is a little taste of what we’ll be doing in my summer class, Creating (Un)likable Characters, which runs Wednesdays, July 8-August 12, at the really likable time of 5-7. First, an example of a story we’ll discuss….

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