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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Refuse the Given World: Generating Short Fiction Through Play

In this generative short fiction writing course, we will tap into that playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions, oblique strategies, games, dreams, collage, odd perspectives, glimmers and more—to unlock problematic stories and/or generate new material. Stories from short fiction and flash writers including Jayne Anne Phillips, Jess Arndt, Gary Lutz, Amy Hempel, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Marcus, Isaac Babel, Carmen Maria Machado, and others will guide our discussions and exercises.

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Craft Conversations: Character

If you are interested in taking a dive into how to make full, complicated, compelling characters in your work, if you want your reader to be thinking about your people (even if that character is you) long after they finish your novel, story, or memoir, if you want to deeply engage your reader, you must

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Saturday

Jun 5

Writing Classes   Summer 2021  

Refuse the Given World: Generating Short Fiction Through Play: Afternoon session

In this generative short fiction writing course, we will tap into that playful mindset—by using silly rules, obstructions, oblique strategies, games, dreams, collage, odd perspectives, glimmers and more—to unlock problematic stories and/or generate new material. Stories from short fiction and flash writers including Jayne Anne Phillips, Jess Arndt, Gary Lutz, Amy Hempel, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Marcus, Isaac Babel, Carmen Maria Machado, and others will guide our discussions and exercises.

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Tuesday

Jun 8

Summer 2021   Summer of Love   Writing Classes  

Strange Love: A Short Fiction Workshop

“Life is a flower,” wrote Victor Hugo, “whose honey is love.” Yet too much honey can make fiction syrupy, saccharine, cloying. In this month-long workshop, we’ll use model stories, generative exercises, workshop critiques, and focused revision to defamiliarize love stories through point of view, voice, plot, situation, sensory details, and genre. By the end of

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Saturday

Jun 26

Wednesday

Jun 30

Wednesday

Jun 30

Summer 2021   Summer of Love   Writing Classes  

Other than Human Love: Cats, Colors, Gardens and More

We fall joyfully in love with the other-than-human elements of our world all the time: pets, places, flowers, ideas... Doing so opens us, makes our hearts more receptive by presenting different versions of reciprocity and humility. This class will focus on writers who have embraced other-than-human love, allowing themselves to fall in love with a

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Thursday

Jul 8

Saturday

Jul 17

Summer 2021   Writing Classes  

Craft Conversations: Dialogue

Dialogue, as much as anything else, reveals the character to the writer and, ultimately to the reader. I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking. ~ Joan Didion Sometimes, when I’m lucky, a line of dialogue, either something I’ve dreamed up or overheard, will spark a story.

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Sunday

Jul 18

Saturday

Jul 24

Summer 2021   Summer of Love   Writing Classes  

Love Notes: Flash Prose

In this prompt-driven 2-day intensive participants will create a series of connected flash love stories. With the aid of experimental exercises exploring prose and poetry (epistolary, lists, photo captions, etc.) we will celebrate and write about love in all its forms, including the flip side of love and more! Special attention will be paid to

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Wednesday

Aug 4

Summer 2021   Writing Classes  

Oracles, Intuition, and Creativity

Forge a deeper connection with your intuition in this 5-week course exploring intuitive processes and symbolism in creative practice. Students will work with The Personal Oracle deck, designed by instructor Coleman Stevenson, to stretch their symbolic awareness and sharpen their creative instincts. The cards and other divinatory methods will be used as prompts for storytelling

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Sunday

Aug 8

Summer 2021   Summer of Love   Writing Classes  

Writing About Sex

From kissing to seduction—to the deed itself—writing about sex can be one of the hardest feats in storytelling. We’ll study the way writers like Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, Zadie Smith, D. H. Lawrence, and others approach this facet of craft. Our conversations will explore how sex can be implied or explicit, while still being literary

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Sunday

Aug 15

Wednesday

Aug 25

Summer 2021   Writing Classes  

Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

This six-week class will take you step-by-step through the major parts of the nonfiction book proposal: the query letter, overview, competitive analysis, marketing and promotion, author background, outline and sample chapter. Bring an idea, and be ready to write. The class includes extensive handouts and questionnaires to guide your work.

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