CLASSES

 

Posing the Emotional Question: Developing POV in Fiction

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

6 - 8 pm CDT

via Zoom

taught by Oso Guardiola 

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Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We want everyone to have access to literary arts education, but we also want to compensate our instructors for the important and innovated work they do. If you are able, we appreciate a suggested donation of  $25 for this class. 

 

About this class:

Every story has a reason for being told, but how do you express that this story is worth telling? (and consequently) worth reading?

 

It starts with a character who has suffered something so impressive that they cannot make sense of their experience. Inexplicable experience instigates story. The writer, then, has to keep in mind: Who had the experience? What did they experience? How would my protagonist order the story to make sense of the experience?

 

We will focus on writing, or rewriting, the opening scene of a story. Everyone should bring the opening scene of a project. The goal will be to center it on posing the emotional question, the reason for telling the story.

 

Pace Yourself: Manipulating Narrative Speeds

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

6 - 8 pm CDT

via Zoom

taught by Sarah K. Lenz 

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Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We want everyone to have access to literary arts education, but we also want to compensate our instructors for the important and innovated work they do. If you are able, we appreciate a suggested donation of  $25 for this class. 

 

About this class:

In this class, you’ll learn to identify the differences between story time (how long an event in the storyworld takes) and text time (how long the telling on the page takes). Sometimes referred to as narrative hydraulics, learning the 5 narrative speeds and practicing how to effectively calibrate them as you tell your story is key to sustaining energy, creating flow, and captivating your readers. This class takes its inspiration from Jane Alison's Meander, Spiral, Explode and Sven Birkerts's Then, Again: The Art of Time in Memoir.