The Second (third, fourth . . .) Draft: Practical Strategies for Revising Your Novel, with Randy Susan Meyers
The first (or second, or third…) draft is finally done! Manuscript pages, boxes of critique and a thousand to-do’s cover your desktop. How do you start? Where is that great scene? Does your dialogue work? Should you switch back to third person? And how do you organize everything?
Revision can be overwhelming. This workshop offers structural techniques to make the task approachable. We will cover three areas of revision: organizational tools; strategies for reading and editing your own work; and managing manuscripts with online and digital tools. We will also discuss ways to evaluate and incorporate critique into your revision. You will leave with new and sharpened tools for bringing that messy draft to the next level!
Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ($150) Register Now
Randy Susan Meyers is the author of four novels: The Murderer’s Daughters (a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award), The Comfort of Lies, Accidents of Marriage, and recently, The Widow of Wall Street. Meyers teaches writing at Grub Street Writers Center. Find out more…
The Anatomy of a Giggle: Humor and Writing Funny, with Molly Burnham
Most people believe that we are either funny or not funny, by design. I believe that like any other aspect of craft, humor can be learned, and it just takes awareness and practice. In this hands-on, half day workshop, we will set aside our judgments and explore our funny bones. We’ll discuss various types of humor, learn key points to writing funny, and engage in exercises that encourage the playful, humorous side of our brains. Bring an open mind, a pad of paper, and your joyful self, and leave with a fresh approach to humor!
Saturday, January 20th 9:00 am – 12:30 pm ($75) Register Now
Molly B. Burnham, author of the Teddy Mars Series and 2016 recipient of the Sid Fleishman Humor Award, holds a Masters in Elementary Ed. and an MFA in Writing for Children. Find out more about her at www.mollybburnham.com
Writing the Personal Essay, with Sarah Buttenwieser:
We all have powerful stories, and the personal essay is a great way to tell them. But what makes a personal essay work? It turns out there are a few guidelines that can really help you master the form. This daylong workshop is for anyone who wants to write personal essays and is looking for concrete tips on how to do it well. We’ll go over some key elements of successful personal narratives. We’ll read a few essays, brainstorm topics, give and receive feedback on our essay ideas—and then, with some scaffolding in place, we’ll write. You will leave this workshop with a rough draft of your own personal essay. If that sounds impossible, trust me—I know you can do it!
Saturday, Jan 27, 9:30 am– 4:30 pm ($150) Register Now
Sarah Buttenwieser’s essays appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Paste Magazine, Full Grown People and many others. A freelance journalist, she’s also at work on a middle grade novel. She’s taught blogging workshops at WIP. She got her MFA in fiction at Warren Wilson College.
Scene or Summary? a one-day workshop with Cindy Littlefield
No doubt you’ve heard the writerly advice, “Show, don’t tell.’ Certainly, showing–dropping the reader into a scene ripe with ‘real time’ descriptions–creates the greatest sense of immediacy. Sometimes, though, your story calls for a bit of summary—telling the reader directly what he/she needs to know in order to move through time, give backstory, or illuminate the deeper meaning of a certain moment. In this session, participants will learn all about the essentials of good scene writing, the tools for including concise, engaging summary, and how to strike the perfect balance between both.
Saturday, February 17, 9:30 – 4:30 ($150) Register Now
Cindy Littlefield’s fiction has appeared in Litro, Dogzplot, and the Rose & Thorn Journal, and she was a former finalist in the Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. Find out more.
Finding the Voice of Your Story, with Dori Ostermiller:
There’s lots of talk these days about voice in narrative, but what is it, exactly? If the voice of our story is the doorway through which readers enter, how do we let them in? How can we consciously create a voice that is compelling, readable and true? In this one-day workshop, we will explore what factors go into creating voice, in fiction and memoir, study some examples of amazing voices in literature, do some writing, and learn techniques for crafting a memorable narrative voice—one that not only engages the reader but also invites surprise and discovery. There is nothing more exciting, for both reader and writer, than following a live, candid and curious mind on the page.
Saturday, March 3, 9:30 – 4:30 ($150) Register Now