Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Jennifer Lauck - Studio Director/Instructor
Jennifer Lauck - Director
The name Blackbird comes from my first book, and from the Beatles song that tells us to: Take these broken wings and learn how to fly. That's what we do at this school. We take what might seem like a a broken mess, and help you compile it into something that will fly.
I'm a consummate student. I love to learn. And, I love to learn with people who are open, inquisitive, proactive and focused. If you are that kind of person, you'll love it here. The Studio is welcoming, cozy, and empowering.
I offer three 30 week classes: Studio I, Studio II and Studio III. I also consult, long term, with four writers a year, and help a handful of writers via one one one consults. Please click on the links below, read more. I look forward to helping you on your writing journey.
4) Studio I, Sept. 12 - May 20, 2017-2018, Tues. 11:30-2:30 (taking apps)
5) Studio II, Sept. 14 - May 20, 2017-2018, Thurs. 11:30-2:30 (taking apps)
6) Studio III, Sept. 14 - May 20, 2017-2018, Thurs. 6:00-9:00 (taking apps)
Submit interest to email@example.com
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Bones of Storytelling - 2017
This class is the result of five years of study on story. I've broken down the parts into simple sections with exercises to help you learn how to understand and apply each part to the whole. Concept, theme, plot, structure, character, antagonistic forces, and setting. You will learn to organize your fiction or creative non-fiction with the reader in mind. You will leave with examples, handouts, and tools to fine two your current draft or create your first!
Fri: 6:00-9:00 Concept & Theme
Sat: 10:00-4:00 Plot and Structure
Sun: 10:00-4:00 Character, Antagonistic Forces, Setting
Books and Prep for Class:
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks.
Story by Robert McKee
The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley (for the particularly ambitious!)
Please dig in and read about Concept, Theme and Structure, in Story Engineering. Read about the seven basic plots in Booker. Read Chapter 14 in Robert McKee. If you go as far as getting the Smiley book, read A Novel of your Own PI & II.
If you DO NOT want to invest in these books, please don't worry. I'll have my copies, hand outs, and you can share with others. Also, if you are balking at pre-reading, DO NOT WORRY! This suggestion is for those who want to get a jump on the class.
Write a summary of your project and a bio on yourself. Tell me what you are trying to create, what has thwarted you, and what your writing goals are. Also include some background on yourself. Please do not stress about this exercise. Just do your best!
Monday, December 26, 2016
Spring Craft Studio - Mar 1-May 3
This page is for students in Tuesday Spring Craft Studio. We begin March 1st at 10 a.m.
Class Detail: You will read aloud several times to get a deep connection to the storyteller's voice within, we will immerse in a terrific novel titled The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, in order to carefully dissect each aspect of craft and structure. You'll leave knowing how to tear a book apart in order to see the inner workings of process, a technique that will serve you for all your writing life. You'll also learn about scene, scene progressions, structure and antagonistic forces. This class is designed to help you make breakthroughs with your writing and help you get closer to your publishing goals. Audio option for long distance students. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Early birds get $75 off!
We will fill fast. Only 12 spots. Sign up now.
The History of Love by Nicole Kruass
Story by Robert McKee
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller.
Wednesday's 10-12 p.m. Mar. 1-May 3
Additional details posted soon.
Keep it Short by Danny Heitman (Click on link)
Debra Gwartney on Memoir (click on link)
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays (click on link)
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Scrivner (free download for 30 days).
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Do You Read? Edit? Consult?
NOTE: I am accepting a limited number of manuscripts as of Dec. 15, 2016. If you want to work with me, please write email@example.com for details ASAP. These spots fill fast.
Consults: This is for the writer who needs individual insight. You submit pages. 5000 word max (double spaced). I read, make light edits and we talk through the issues I see in the work. I provide handouts, teaching, advice, and homework! $125.00 per consult with a minimum of a three session commitment.
Email me to get started at Jennifer@jenniferlauck.com.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Publishing Workshop - Spring 2017
Holly Lorincz - Visiting Instructor
I met Holly a couple years back when she was a young agent and long time editor. I was impressed by her poise and focus. I invited her to teach to a group of students I was working with and found she was generous, open and kind. Honest and ambitious too.
She presented again at The Blackbird Studio on June 4th and talked about preparing manuscripts for agent and editor review. She will return in Sept. for a repeat performance of her class, Preparing Your Work for Submission, and she'll do an advanced course as well, for those who are ready to work their first chapter and query letter.
Holly is a professional editor and owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She works with debut and bestselling authors, publishing houses, and the MacGregor Literary Agency, where she agented for three years. Holly's also an author, ghost writing a range of published books, from memoirs to novels to prison survival handbooks, and is the published author of her own, hilarious novel, Smart Mouth, which is optioned for a TV series.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
30 Week Studio Classes: 2017/17
Now Taking Applications for the 2017/18 academic year.
The Studio specializes in long term literary studies. We meet each week for three hours and also read a selection of books, essays, and short stories, attend literary lectures, listen to podcasts by nationally known writers, and study together. We workshop our writing and analyze the tools of literary art including scene, structure, character development, arc, antagonistic forces and progressions. We have a mini poetry track, with Jenn Foreman, and this allows writers to break into deeper emotions within our prose. We also have a guest literary agent talk to us during the year. Last, there are two community readings for Studio writers, where you present your work to the whole school!
The Studio is a committed group who support each other by setting goals, sharing the details of their full length projects, and by being there during the ups and downs of the creative process.
Studio I - First years and beginning/intermediate
*Audio class option available. See below.
Studio II - Second year and intermediate writers
Studio III - Third and fourth year and advanced writers
NOTE: We may be adding a Studio IV based on applications. Final spots are confirmed May 1, 2017. Classes begin mid-Sept.
Email Jclauck@gmail.com and tell me about yourself, your writing strengths and weaknesses, your CV (this means resume! Include your writing studies thus far and any publication credits), and three samples of your writing.
Once we get your email of interest, we'll provide that information. It's a lot less than therapy! And more
Apply early! Get your spot in this terrific program.
Studio I Audio Options:
Option 1: Each week, from Sept. 13 to May 30th, you receive a three hour audio class and can follow the homework and readings at your own pace, and level of interest. You are basically attending the class at the level of an observer. And yes, you can participate retro activity, receiving access to ALL teachings at the time you sign up.
Option 2: Each week, from Sept. 13 to May 30th, you receive a three hour audio class and can follow the homework and readings at your own pace, and level of interest. And, you can submit pages to me, personally, ten times over the year. I will read those pages, provide written feedback and send them back to you. We can discuss the feedback on the phone, or on Skype.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Welcome New Instructor (Poetry, Prose, Screenwriting)
Matthew Minicucci - Instructor
Matthew Minicucci has just moved to Portland and is a pearl of a man! I'm so happy and honored he'll be teaching at The Studio in the fall of 2016.
Matt is the author of two collections of poetry: Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and Small Gods, forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wick Poetry Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his MFA. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among others.
Flash Forms: Making the Micro Macro
Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
Oct. 12 - Nov. 16