“Even three or four words are often worth jotting down if they will evoke a thought, an idea, or a mood.”
– Patricia Highsmith

Workshops

For now, all our workshops are taking place online.

 

 

  • Advanced Fiction (online)

    October 23rd to October 24th, 2021

    Writer’s block. Narrators trapped inside their own heads. Stories with intriguing beginnings—but no clear ending. These are a few of the problems fiction writers may face.

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  • The Novel (online)

    November 27th to November 28th, 2021

    Writing a novel is often a marathon experience. The challenges are in starting; in keeping the faith; and, of course, in finishing.

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  • Simply Writing (online)

    January 29th to January 30th, 2022

    Do you only write when you have an assignment? What obstacles do you experience to writing? How can you structure your life in order to keep writing? How, exactly, do you finish a piece of writing?

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Past Workshops

  • The Short Story (online)

    September 25th to September 26th, 2021

    Writing a short story is a wonderfully intricate process; we make countless creative decisions in the course of telling a single tale. During these two days, we’ll explore the most vital creative decisions and find what works for you as a storyteller.

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  • The Art of Revision (online)

    July 17th to July 18th, 2021

    “Writing is rewriting,” the adage tells us. But how do we rewrite? How do we decide what to leave in and what to take out? How do we determine the scope of a piece, divine its essence, know where to start and where to end?

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  • Publishing: The Basics (webinar)

    July 9th, 2021

    What is the sanest way to approach publishing your work? Learn from writers who have published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

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  • Writing Memoir (online)

    June 26th to June 27th, 2021

    A personal essay is 3,000 percent easier to write than a short story, claims writer Carol Bly.

    The essay is indeed a scalable form. In fact, this is our starting point for Writing Memoir: the personal essay. During this weekend, you’ll get the coaching to create a complete personal essay—from idea to first draft.

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  • Flash Fiction (online)

    April 24th to April 25th, 2021

    What’s so great about very short stories? Well, you can read a work of flash fiction over a single cup of coffee. And writing a work of micro-fiction can be done in a day.

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  • Writing Nonfiction (online)

    March 20th to March 21st, 2021

    “Creative nonfiction” can take so many forms: the profile or feature article, the travel piece, the review, the personal essay or memoir, and more. Compelling nonfiction transcends the mere factual.

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  • Writing about Food (online)

    February 13th to February 14th, 2021

    Writing about food can be deep, rich, rewarding. The goal of this workshop: to help you find your voice as a food writer. You’ll think, eat, and write about food.

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  • Read Like a Writer (online)

    May 30th to May 31st, 2020

    “If we want to write, it makes sense to read—and to read like a writer. If we wanted to grow roses, we would want to visit rose gardens and try to see them the way that a rose gardener would.” – Francine Prose

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  • The Poetic Voice (online)

    April 25th to April 26th, 2020

      “I think the key is to listen, not necessarily to the poet’s reading aloud, but to the internal voice in the poem.” – Ming Di

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  • National Novel Writing Month Kick-off

    November 2nd, 2019

    November is National Novel Writing Month!

    Each year, NaNoWriMo, as it’s called, draws tens of thousands of writers worldwide.

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  • Poetry as Storytelling

    April 20th to April 21st, 2019

    “Poetry as Storytelling” is a one-day poetry jam. You’ll spend the day hearing published poetry, learning more narrative craft, and writing. At the end of the day, you’ll hear your work read aloud (anonymously)—and get individualized feedback on your writing.

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  • Travel Writing

    February 17th to February 18th, 2018

    How do great writers evoke great cultural landscapes?

    How do you frame travel experiences in writing?

    This survey class covers many forms, from the travel blog to the travel article, the travel memoir to the travel guide.

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  • Revise Your Fiction (online)

    April 22nd to April 23rd, 2017

    How do you complete a work of fiction—whether it’s flash fiction, a short story, a novella, or a novel? How do you make it “as perfect” as it can be?

    At “Revise Your Fiction,” we’ll define concrete steps for moving forward with your creative writing.

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  • Write for Children

    February 20th to February 21st, 2016

    How do you write a memorable children’s book?

    How do you create lovable (and hateable!) characters—in children’s and Young Adult fiction & nonfiction? How do you transform a story idea into scenes on the page? And what are the creative requirements for publishable children’s literature?

    At “Little Words” we’ll explore writing for children versus writing for adults. We’ll analyze the range of categories, from picture books to Young Adult novels.

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