8-Week: Work in Progress Workshop--Fiction, Nonfiction, or MemoirDescription:
No critiquing. No taking pages home and writing comments. No being critiqued, either. This nontraditional workshop is for novelists, memoirists, short-story writers, and essayists who are working on long-form narratives or collections, who are at least 20 pages into their projects, and who 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 determine particular areas of interest, the instructor will invite you to bring up to 20 pages from your work-in-progress to the first session. Further details will be emailed prior to the start date.
Prerequisite: Writing 101, an intro level workshop at Lighthouse, or instructor’s permission. To gain permission, please send a brief writing sample (5–10 pages) along with your workshop history to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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