Monthly Online Workshops

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Meg Tuite: Dive Into the Unknown

January 18 – 20, 2019

What scares us as humans? What makes us uncomfortable? This is a subject I study often, because it is in those places where we find the most treasures. And not just in our own unique experiences, but listening to what people say to one another and seeing an entirely different dialogue going on in their heads. Secrets are what manifest the different personas we put on to get through another day of work, or on a first date, buying a car, a computer, renting an apartment, or sitting next to someone on the metro. Let’s explore this in a safe, and intimate setting. Let’s dive into the unknown.

Alina Stefanescu: Subverting the Line Break

February 15 – 17, 2019

Charles Simic compared writing a prose poem to “trying to catch a fly in a dark room. The fly probably isn’t even there, the fly is inside your head, still, you keep tripping over and bumping into things in hot pursuit. The prose poem is a burst of language following a collision with a large piece of furniture.” In this workshop, the focus will be on prose poetry as a vehicle or conveyer belt for subversive content that doesn’t fit well in other boxes. Participants will study the techniques and subversions of contemporary prose poets (including Layli Long Soldier, Zbigniew Herbert, Ann Waldman, Danielle Mitchell, and others) in addition to writing and revising their own prose poems. Specific techniques will include parallelism, parataxis, lexical accretion, and various subversions of voice. We will generate new poems and revisit old poems that ache to be poured into different glasses. There are so many incredible ways to experience collisions with large pieces of furniture. We’ll focus on turning those collisions into small bricks of poetry.

Jonathan Cardew: Ugly Real Beautiful—Let Your Characters Write the Story

March 15 – 17, 2019

It’s all well and good writing polished and developed stories, with cohesive use of language, plot, and setting, but what about those ill-fitting, real, and perfectly flawed characters? How do we let them sing? How do we relinquish control, and allow our characters the space to find their own path? Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to write several new pieces of fiction or hybrid prose, using techniques to flesh out and dive deep into the peculiarities of their characters. Kurt Vonnegut famously said, “make [your] characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water.” So, let’s get the taps a-flowing!

Kathy Fish: Getting to the Heart of the matter: Creating Emotionally Charged Flash Fiction

November 9 – 11, 2018

What makes us have to tell the stories we don’t want to? Why do we select flash as the vehicle to use for this? What makes your flash uniquely your own? One of our most venerated teachers of flash, Kathy Fish, who teaches her Fast Flash workshops, will host this powerhouse course. It’s nearly full and you won’t want to miss out! Come prepared to write with a lack of sleep needed!

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Bud Smith: How to Use a Rocket Pack

December 7 – 9, 2018

How do we clear up time in the average day, and use that window of time to get out of our own way so we can generate flash fiction/ short stories/ poems/ pieces of a novel? How can we arrive at a mindset where no idea is a bad idea, is a silly idea, is a worthless idea? This course will offer practical thoughts about how to write freewheeling first drafts, and how to approach the rewrites of those drafts in a more sober mindset. Participants will leave the workshop with at least two new pieces of work created, with the option to send a third piece to Bud Smith for closer comments on whatever their project is.

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