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Craft Intensive: Story

As novelists, we must immediately grab the reader and not let go until the very last page. But how? During these five craft talks, we’ll go deep and get practical about ways to: create irresistible characters, find a vivid voice, craft crackling scenes, build those scenes into a compelling plot, and commit to a process that sets you up for success. Screenwriters and nonfiction writers welcome. Class format will be a 1.5-hour craft talk followed by Q&A.

The dates for this Craft Intensive are: January 8, 10, 14, 15, and 17

Craft intensives provide an opportunity to absorb insights into the process and practice of accomplished writers who have a particular approach to writing, or who are investigating specific elements of the writer’s toolbox. These sessions include a mix of craft talk and discussion, offering participants a learning experience that differs from our traditional writing workshop model, which focuses primarily on student work. The craft intensive model enables more participants to engage with the ideas and philosophy of the featured writer. The tone is conversational and informal. While most Hugo House classes are fairly small (typically limited to 15 people), our craft intensives are open to up to 40 participants, allowing for lively discussion, questions, conversation, and/or smaller breakout groups.

Instructor: Maria Semple

Class Type: 5 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2019

Start Date: 01/08/2019

End Date: 01/17/2019

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Minimum Class Size: 20

Maximum Class Size: 40

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$625.00 General Price:

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Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of the best-selling novels Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She wrote for the TV shows Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Where’d You Go, Bernadette has been translated into 30 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and made over a dozen yearend best lists. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and received the Alex Award from the American Library Association. The film version of the book, starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup, will premiere in March 2019. Today Will Be Different was featured on the cover of the New York Times book review. It made over a dozen year-end best lists and is currently in development as a limited TV series.

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