8 Week: Work In Progress Workshop--Novel or MemoirDescription:
No critiquing. No taking pages home and writing comments. No being critiqued, either. This nontraditional workshop is for novelists and memoirists who are some ways into their projects and want to use their writing time to focus on finishing or reworking a draft. Each session will have two main features. The first will be a mini-lecture and discussion on a craft topic; these discussions will offer hammers and wrenches—the elements of craft as tools, not rules. Second, as a way of encouraging you to write, we’ll have “soundchecks” each week: two to three pages shared out loud with the group. You can bring soundchecks in as many or as few times as you like. The only limit is that the material must be new—or significantly revised—within the past week or so. The group will then respond as readers rather than as writers. A major goal will be to help you to stay connected with your original passion for your project.
Craft topics will be tailored to the challenges and opportunities that you're encountering in your work. To that end, the instructor will ask all participants to bring twenty pages to the first session—not for critique, but so that she can become familiar with your project. Instructor will email the class with further details prior to the start date.
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