Workshop Catalog – 2019-20

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Diane Gilliam

Writing Poems Through the Great Stories


August 19 to September 13, 2019

Transpersonal stories such as fairy tales, myths and sacred stories can be understood as templates for some of our most basic human patterns–as guides for archetypal human experiences. When they are brought to bear on our singular lived... [more]

Rose Skelton

Writing the Other: Fiction


August 19 to September 13, 2019

How do we portray the condition of being an outsider in fiction? This class considers different forms of otherness—such as gender, sexuality, race, class — and how these identities stand strong within a variety of groups, from a family to a nation to a... [more]

Jason Howard

Writing Creative Nonfiction: The I as the Eye


August 19 to September 13, 2019

This advanced level class is designed for writers with a firm grounding in the basics of creative nonfiction and personal writing. Over the course of four weeks, students will be given a succession of writing exercises designed to expand their skill... [more]

Savannah Sipple

Telling the Body's Many Stories


September 16 to October 11, 2019

In Two or Three Things I Know For Sure, Dorothy Allison says: “I am one woman but I carry in my body all the stories I have ever been told…. Every writing course I ever heard of said the same thing. Take one story, follow it through, beginning... [more]

Mark Powell

Finding the Center


September 16 to October 11, 2019

Works of fiction, be they stories or novels, often grow not from a developed plot or series of events, but from moments of emotional power. In this course, we will work to develop these moments, honing them, tightening them, and then work... [more]

Doug Van Gundy

The Line in the Landscape - Poetry and Place


October 14 to November 8, 2019

A tomato grown in the sandy soil of Florida doesn’t taste anything like a tomato grown in a West Virginia creek bottom. And the identical variety of grapes grown in France and Australia are required by law to be called by different names, so... [more]

Silas House

The Art of Observation: Writing Fiction


October 14 to November 8, 2019

This will be an advanced course focusing on creative writing for students who possess a genuine interest in learning how to be fiction writers. In this class students will focus in particular on becoming better observers and better readers. Students will... [more]

Ciona Rouse

Reassembling the Pieces:
Revising Work for the Reader


November 11 to December 6, 2019

The root of the word mosaic comes from the Latin musaicum, meaning “the work of the Muses.” Perhaps the real work of the Muse isn’t giving the words to the poet; perhaps it’s revising, cracking the words open and making them into something new... [more]

Jacinda Townsend

Yes, They Will Read That: Distilling Your Life


November 11 to December 6, 2019

Writers of creative nonfiction often worry that their readers will be bored by their version of the human experience, but this class ponders the paradox that each writer’s experience is as unique as it is universal, awe-inspiring even as it treads familiar... [more]

Whitney Dangerfield

At the Heart of it All:
Storytelling Across Form


November 11 to December 6, 2019

Many artists are telling stories in new ways, using the written word, photos, audio, maps, videos, graphics, and more, sometimes all in one package. In this class, we’ll look at both nonfiction and fiction storytelling in unique formats. Each... [more]

Carter Sickels

Independent Mentoring with Carter Sickels


February 10 to Match 6, 2020

This session offers a rare chance for one-on-one guidance, helping you realize your works-in-progress. Upon registering, you and Sickels will schedule an in-take conference in which the month-long course of study will be designed to speak to your... [more]

Pauletta Hansel

Developing Your Manuscript: A Master Class in Poetry


February 10 to Match 6, 2020

In this workshop poets will begin the work to develop an existing group of poems into a unified collection, be that a chapbook or chapter or “skeleton” of a larger manuscript. Exercises and workshop will be geared toward bringing poems into... [more]

Jeremy Jones

Writing About Family in Creative Nonfiction


February 10 to Match 6, 2020

This class will dig into the beautiful mess of family. Maybe you’re at work on a book about an ancestor’s trek from a far-off place or a series of essays about your mom’s strange collections or a lyrical piece ruminating on the the beginnings of your... [more]

Amy Greene

Beginning the Novel


March 9 to April 3, 2020

This course will focus on mentoring students through the process of beginning a novel first draft. Through weekly craft discussions, we’ll examine the history and anatomy of the novel as a medium, with an eye toward honing our own writing... [more]

Elyssa East

Other People’s Pasts: Writing into the Nexus Between Myth and Reality


March 9 to April 3, 2020

“To identify a person as a Southerner suggests not only that her history is inescapable and formative but that it is also impossibly present,” photographer Sally Mann wrote. “Southerners live uneasily at the nexus between myth and reality... [more]

Ashley M Jones

Poetry is Not a Luxury


April 6 to May 1, 2020

Audre Lorde told us that poetry is necessary for our survival. Poets are society’s mirror, its record keepers—we hold the world accountable. In this workshop, we will study and write poetry that tells these necessary stories, voicing from within our... [more]

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Space for Mystery: Developing Complex Characters in Fiction


April 6 to May 1, 2020

Kurt Vonnegut once advised writers to “make your character want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” This directive is not for the sake of plot development alone; it is desire, more than any other attribute, that informs the mystery of... [more]

Lisa Elmaleh

Writing Personal Narrative Through Pictures: A Photography Session


April 6 to May 1, 2020

This class will emphasize a visual awareness: photographers bear witness. What happens when the eye gets turned to the mundane, the personal, the everyday? In this course, we will be creating series of photographs that tell personal stories... [more]