Workshop Catalog – 2019-20

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Carter Sickels

Independent Mentoring with Carter Sickels

February 10 to March 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 March 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 March 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]

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]