Course Descriptions

Schedule

Workshops run for four or six weeks, meeting for one two-hour Zoom session each week; You will also meet for a 30-minute one-to-one session with your instructor. Intensive sessions run for one or two Saturday afternoons. Register here.

Fiction

Jill McCorkle - “Assembly Required” | 6 Weeks | Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm EST: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12

This is a workshop focused on finding a helpful structure for those ideas that haven’t found the right path. Whether you are surrounded by fragments and scenes from what you believe to be a novel or a short story, or you have a vivid idea but aren’t sure where to begin, this workshop is designed to help you find a shape or order that will allow you to continue moving forward.  Often when we get stuck, we either give up or we immediately go right back to the beginning to begin again; however, sometimes when this happens, there simply aren't enough moving parts on the page to propel it forward. Scene, exposition, character development, etc. The goal is to have all parts tuned and moving.

Monica Ferrell - “To See Again: A Manuscript Revision Workshop” | 6 Weeks | Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm EST: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

This workshop is intended for students who have already generated a short story or a novel/la excerpt they wish to share for instructor feedback and group critique. Whether you are polishing a story for magazine submission or just starting out on the long journey of a novel project, the collaborative perspective of a workshop community can help you see your words again, afresh and without the tedium that can creep into revision conducted as a solitary labor. Special attention will be paid to generating sensory vividness, establishing coherent and compelling timelines, character development, and the selection of narrative detail.

Nonfiction

Jenny Boully - “Reenvisioning Our Roughest” | 4 Weeks | Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm EST: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27

In this workshop, we'll share our roughest drafts of completed essays or memoir chapters. To that end, works that are still in-progress are the perfect fodder for this workshop. Sometimes, it's difficult to finish a piece simply because we don't see the ending or can't see what's missing, what needs to be present in order to make the piece complete. In this workshop, we help each other bring our drafts to completion, bringing themes and elements to the surface, sensing voids and blind-spots, offering advice on where pieces can go and include, and what perhaps needs to be cut back. We'll put our finger on a piece's strengths and how a writer can build on these. Have you been avoiding a piece? In this workshop, we'll help you to reckon with it, to look it in the eye, and finish it, too.

Poetry

Craig Morgan Teicher - “Poking Our Sore Spots” | 4 Weeks | Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm EST: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26

Sometimes, when our poems hit on something vulnerable and scary, they get spooked and veer off in some other direction. This workshop will focus on those vulnerable areas in poems-in-progress, how to stay in the poem when things get uneasy, and how to use stuck moments and false directions as opportunities to further develop our poems. Please come prepared to have your poems’ sore spots poked.

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