Oct
24
to Dec 5

Fiction Workshop: Focus on Place

This course will be a traditional workshop (stories or novel excerpts welcome). There will be particular focus on how to integrate an evocative sense of place into fiction without overwhelming the reader. Can place become a character? How does environment dictate your plot or story? We’ll examine stories from writers known for place based work and will discuss how to integrate their strategies into our own work.

Instructor: Jules Ohman

Dates: Oct 24 - Dec 5

Time: TBD

LocationTBD

Cost: $195

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Oct
24
to Dec 5

Novel Workshop: Writing and Revising A Novel

How to tackle the novel and all its complexities? We’ll start to explore how to begin a novel, first chapters and how to write convincing and sustaining characters. This workshop is for writers looking for feedback on how to begin and how to finish. We will pay particular attention to first drafts, character development and techniques for plotting and structuring novels. We’ll look at excerpts and outlines of published novels in addition to bringing new work to the table weekly.

Instructor: Jules Ohman

Dates: Oct 24 - Dec 5

Time: TBD

Location: Instructor’s Home

Cost: $195

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Oct
19
to Nov 23

Feeding the Lion: Poetry Workshop

“Dreaming of feeding a lion that is either in a cage or in the wild means you are about to experience some very enjoyable and pleasant things in your life that will make you very happy.” — dreamlookup.com


This class will provide space for exploring your own writing – both poems you’ve already written and the new ones you’ll create in response to lessons, readings, and the dynamic work of your peers. You will also have two private conferences with me to discuss the arc of your work and to set your poetic goals.

Instructor: Karin Schalm

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct 19 - Nov 23

Time: 6pm - 8pm 

Location: Instructor’s Home

Cost: $195

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Oct
16
to Oct 30

Writing from the Hipbone: Interpreting the World through the Body

In this all-levels workshop we will read, think, talk, listen, and write (scraps of) poems. Furthermore, we will ask questions without answers and engage the five senses, the elements, and how to paint our experiences into language. This will be a workshop devoted to the small pleasures of sound, image, and intergalactic silence. We will write with energy but without regard. We will kiss the earth with our chests, then erase our names with the clouds. Wear your darkest lipstick and finest baseball cap – things might get weird.

Instructor: Philip Schaefer

Dates: Sundays, Oct. 16, 23 & 30

Time: 12-2 PM

Location: Draught Works (contingent)

Cost: $95

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Oct
11
to Nov 22

Sex in the Woods: How to Write the Kind of Nature Writing You Want to Read

Forget your grandmother's bird book. This class is for people who think the natural world is as lusty and complicated as a telenovela. We'll draw from natural history, ethnobotany, and folklore as we write about the species that surround us. You’ll finish the class with a collection of written portraits on different plants, bugs, animals (you take your pick) and new tricks for making your readers weirdly excited about lichen and wolverines. 

Instructor: Kristina Johnson

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18, & 25, Nov. 1, 15, & 22

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: TBD

Cost: $195

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Sep
13
to Oct 18

Short Story Workshop With Brian Buckbee

The accomplished short story writer Lorrie Moore said that novels are like a marriage, but short stories are like a love affair. Raymond Carver said that short stories can transform the "commonplace" into things of "startling power." But there's even more! The invisible structure upon which the short story is draped is the same invisible structure that holds up our own lives. In this 6-week workshop, we will use our own stories as the vehicle for conversation about these tiny machines, how they work, how to make them, and--perhaps most importantly--why we make them.

Instructor: Brian Buckbee

Dates: Tuesdays, Sep. 13, 20, & 27, Oct. 4, 11, & 18

Time: 7pm-9:15pm

Location: Fact & Fiction (Downtown)

Cost: $195

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