Thursday, December 31, 2015

Craft of Writing (AM) Fall

"I've studied all around Portland, but you are simply the best.  You're practical, kind and have extraordinary skills managing large groups.  I felt safe, AND I felt like you cared.  Thank you!!"  ~ Carole Wright

The Craft of Writing Class (AM) is an intermediate/advanced level course for the writer of memoir, fiction, short story and essay.

We read extraordinary published writing, and work on the elements of craft that include:

Scene development
Sensory immersion
Authentic voice development
Plot
Structure
Character development
Cultivation of the antagonistic forces that swirl within and without.

You will read your work aloud, you will create new work, and you will be supported in a kind, generous and warm atmosphere of professional courtesy.   You will leave this class informed and inspired!

SPRING REGISTRATION OPEN NOW:  Current Student's Take Priority.  Sign up here.

Reference texts for craft and additional resources:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller (Creative Non-Fiction)
The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick (Creative Non-Fiction)
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Story by Robert McKee
Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
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)
Cultivations of Kindness Meditation (for self acceptance): Click here 
Scrivener (free download for 30 days)

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