Workshop Catalog – Spring 2019

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Jacinda Townsend

Character as Conflict: Building Plot from People


March 11 to April 5, 2019

How do we write characters that jump off the page? How do we allow those characters to do what they will and tell us what they want? How do we give those characters the freedom to create narrative premise? In this course, we will be examining the six ways in which... [more]

Roger May

Home - Documenting Place in Words and Images


March 11 to April 5, 2019

This course explores the art and craft of documenting place through words and images. Students will use their cities or towns as practice grounds to learn the skills essential to creating both documentary writing and photography and explore how these two genres can be used... [more]

Bianca Lynne Spriggs

The Door in the Drawer: Interdimensional Hacks to Generate Fresh, Vibrant, and Memorable Material


March 11 to April 5, 2019

This generative workshop will help writers create new tread in the familiar terrain of their imaginations. Learning to write what you don’t know can stimulate your material in terms ofcontent, imagery, and form. With an emphasis on interrogating the unknown, we will read a... [more]

Jesse Donaldson

Era of Ego: Writing Memoir in the 21st Century


April 8 to May 3, 2019

This workshop will explore pathways to rise above the din of a memoir-saturated era. Most of these pathways begin with craft, so particular attention will be paid to beginnings/endings, plot/structure, developing a voice through language, and representing place. We... [more]

Justin Bigos

Publishing Poems in Literary Journals


April 8 to May 3, 2019

The literary publishing “landscape” can feel daunting, not only for writers just beginning to send outtheir work, but also for writers who have been writing and publishing for years. One reason for this is a good thing: the sheer number and vast array of literary journals and... [more]

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Space for Mystery: Developing Complex Characters in Fiction


April 8 to May 3, 2019

This course will provide a deep dive into character development, operating on the tenet that the writer’s job is to allow for mysteries while summoning those peopling their fiction as completely as possible. We’ll examine work from masters of the form, from Nabokov to Willa... [more]