Creative Writing Institute

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One-Time Lectures

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Wednesday
2-4 p.m.

History Writing

Location: Harris Auditorium of the Foosaner Museum

So you want to write history? This lecture is a beginner’s guide to being a history writer and how to get started. It will look at the various types of history and historical biography and how to craft them. It will also touch on challenges of writing historical fiction.

Course Cost: $50.00

Robert Taylor, Ph.D.

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Classes

Morning Classes

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M, T, W, & Th

10 AM-Noon

Is Life Like This? How To Write the First Draft of Your Novel in Six Months.

Location: Foosaner Art Museum, Harris Auditorium

Starting with the premise that you can get a decent first-draft of your novel written in six months, we'll jump-start the process with some exercises that explore your life as a source of material and move on to considerations of narrative techniques, including plot, point of view, setting, characterization, theme, tone, and voice. We'll demystify the writing process and focus on making novel writing and storytelling an integral part of your life. If you come to understand how the writing process works—by fits and starts, with equal parts elation and frustration—you won’t give in to despair when you feel stuck, as you inevitably will. If you understand that the novel-writing process is messy, chaotic, and perversely irrational at times, if you know that you will lose your way and that you will excise words, delete sentences, and remove whole chapters because that’s just the way it goes—for you and for everyone else—then maybe you won’t raise your arms in surrender when you feel besieged; instead you’ll do what you need to do—you’ll write your way through the difficulties. The class will provide you with a weekly plan to get you from the blank page to the completed first draft.

Course Cost: $250.00

John Dufresne

Novel

M, T, W, & Th

10 AM-Noon

Poets and Place

Location: Foosaner Education Center

Poets have long been wanderers. For this generative workshop, we'll practice strategies for making on the move. Please bring something to take pictures with (phone is fine) as well as something to write with/on.

Course Cost: $250.00

Terri Witek

Poetry

Afternoon Classes

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M, T, W, & Th

2-4 PM

Show and Tell: The Necessity of Scene and Exposition in Creative Nonfiction

Location: Foosaner Education Center

For years, creative writing teachers have been preaching the old adage, "Show don't tell," to students. But good writing, good literature, is a about seeking a balance of both. In this seminar, students will explore the necessity of scene and exposition in nonfiction, how the two, like the ying and yang, are inseparable.

Course Cost: $250.00

Ira Sukrungruang

Creative Nonfiction

M, T, W, & Th

2-4 PM

Short Fiction's Stereoscope: Juxtaposing Story Elements for Depth and Effect

Location: Foosaner Education Center

In this workshop we will look at standard story elements and structural considerations in order to illustrate how writers (both published writers and the people in the room) create meaningful fiction. Why do some attempts work, while others fail? How do we understand the possibilities (and decisions concerning) form and function? Each meeting will include investigation and practice (reading and writing), as we help each other to negotiate the grand landscape of short fiction.

Course Cost: $250.00

Audrey Colombe

Short Story

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