Our Writing Groups
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Writing the Weather: A Generative Workshop with Wendy Oleson
June 23-25, 2023
Open the umbrella, slather the sunscreen, and cinch that scarf tighter in this generative, prompt-based workshop inspired by examples of contemporary, genre-defying work. We’ll be reading and writing about the weather—blizzards, heatwaves, hurricanes—all manner of atmospheric disturbance and sensory overload. Tension will be high, your characters and speakers in danger, so don’t be afraid to slip into surrealism and fabulism when needed. We’ll round out the workshop with thoughts about setting, place-based writing, and climate fiction. The forecast shows a 99% chance of juicy storytelling.
About the Instructor
Wendy Oleson (she/they) is the author of two award-winning prose chapbooks. Wendy’s hybrid writing appears in Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Pithead Chapel and elsewhere. Wendy is managing editor for Split Lip Magazine, associate prose editor for Fairy Tale Review, and lives in Walla Walla, Washington. www.wendyoleson.com
This four month program brings the experience of our instructors (like our very own editor-in-chief and award-winning writer Robert Vaughan and our fiction editor Meg Tuite) in an informal online setting. Participants receive a monthly “lesson” and writing prompts, mid-month meetings with your cohort in an optional full group Zoom Meeting, and monthly one-on-one sessions with the instructor via Zoom.
Each year we offer a couple week-long, in person writing retreats. You will have the opportunity and inspiration to explore the unique challenges that writers face in writing a new piece each day. The workshop is ideal for writers of all levels of experience, from previously published writers to novice writers who are ready to launch into new terrain.