CLASSES

 

Is Setting a Place?:

Constructing Atmosphere in Fiction

Saturday, October 23, 2021

taught by Drew Stutsman and Kent Lenz

2 pm to 4 pm Central

via Zoom

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Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We believe that literary arts education should be accessible for all, which is why we don't charge for our monthly classes. However, we appreciate donations to defray costs.

 

 

About this class:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. No, wait. It was a dark and stormy night…. No, wait. When writers think of setting, do they draw from real life, something exotic, or a mix of both? Regardless of what setting a writer chooses for their story, it cannot be denied that setting is just as important as the characters within. This class will explore the exact, yet abstract nuances of how, where, and when a story takes place.

 

In Pieces: Constructing

an Organic Poem from Parts

Saturday, November 13, 2021

taught by Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton

2 to 4 pm Central

via Zoom

Click here to register for this free event.

Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We believe that literary arts education should be accessible for all, which is why we don't charge for our monthly classes. However, we appreciate donations to defray costs.

 

About this class:

This workshop will focus on strategies for collaging together materials from different contexts, sources, periods of time, tones of voice, etc.  The personal and interpersonal will feature as a primary source of materials, drawing from our direct observation or engagement of the world.  In the process of segues, stitches, and junctures, we will discuss the benefits of opening writing up to dreams, experimentation, and logic that differs from the expected, “common-sensical,” rationalist logic of the fairly empirical world in which we live.  Some of the poets we may look at include Cynthia Cruz, Dean Young, Susan Howe, Federico García Lorca, Emmy Pérez and Clarice Lispector.

 

In a Flash: 

The Art of Narrative 

in 1000 Words or Less

Saturday, December 4, 2021

taught by Sarah K. Lenz 

2 to 4 pm Central

via Zoom

Click here to register for this free event.

Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We believe that literary arts education should be accessible for all, which is why we don't charge for our monthly classes. However, we appreciate donations to defray costs.

 

About this class:

Whether you call it sudden fiction, micro-memoir, or flash, very short-form narrative is explosive. Because it’s so short, the language is tightly packed and the images concise. Highly compressed pieces are filled with tension, careful observation, and lyrical language. In this class, we’ll explore how images, energy, conflict, and polarity work together in flash fiction and flash nonfiction. You’ll learn how this form borrows from both long-form prose and poetry. You’ll also analyze examples of great contemporary flash writers including Kathy Fish, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Pamela Painter. Finally, you’ll get a chance to practice writing exercises to develop your own flash-writing skills.

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