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The Path to Story

Over this two-day generative workshop with Jarhead author Anthony Swofford, you will read the first pages of a number of fiction and nonfiction works and discuss “the path” into the works for the reader and the writer. With a series of creative prompts and group discussion, you’ll establish tactics for finding a way into story. On the second day, we will use small groups to workshop each writer’s new works and their steps toward establishing a world and narrative drive. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first pages of a new work-in-progress or a refreshed approach to established material.


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Instructor: Anthony Swofford

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 02/29/2020

End Date: 03/01/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$216.00 Member Price:
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$240.00 General Price:

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Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford is the author of the memoirs Jarhead and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails and the novel Exit A. Swofford’s essays, reportage, and opinion pieces have appeared in Harper’s, The Guardian, Slate, and the New York Times, among other places. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and West Virginia University. He received his fiction MFA from Iowa. In 2020 Knopf will publish his biography of Carlos Arredondo, a Gold Star Father and hero of the 2013 marathon bombing in Boston. He’s currently writing a feature adaptation of this book. His next prose project is a campus novel called Eight Great Atheists. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the writer and photographer Christa Parravani, their three children, a fish with a host of names, a dog named Kingsley Exley Lizard, and nearby coyotes.

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