Stay tuned FOR UPCOMING CLASSES!
I love love love to workshop and often teach in-person classes in St. Louis and on Zoom (for writers near and far). It’s not always easy to put together a critique group on your own and my students often stick together as writing partners even after our workshop has ended.
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A sample of past workshops and critique groups:
WRITING THE SHORT SHORT STORY: Call it what you will—quick fiction, fast fiction, microfiction, furious fiction, sudden fiction, or flash fiction—after decades of dormancy, this short short form has undergone a revival. The growing number of online magazines and a renewed interest by traditional publishers have contributed to an expanding readership interested in this brief style. In this workshop we will closely study the work of masters of flash fiction, discuss how the form’s demands of economy and precision can be met in our own work, and share our completed drafts of no more than 500 words.
THE ART OF WRITING FLASH NONFICTION: What is it about miniatures that so captures our imagination? The tiny wingtips of a commuter reading a newspaper on a model train, the turning windmill on a charm bracelet, a working chandelier in a dollhouse…small-scale wonders that fit in our hand. Similarly, the compression and attention to detail in flash nonfiction contributes to the form’s capacity to evoke feeling. In this workshop we will read a variety of flash nonfiction pieces and discuss ways to use the factual and the personal to craft brief essays that, although seemingly small, through sharp focus and smart crafting, can become large.
PROSE WRITING MASTERMIND: This small and focused group will be comprised of eight writers getting together for five weeks for a 5,000 word mastermind intensive. We’re highly focused on first pages here and we’ll critique everyone’s first page and then the entire piece. We’ll discuss point of view, characterization, story structure, scene vs. summary, creating tension, etc. Open to writers working on short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and first chapters of novels and memoirs.
PROSE POETRY: The prose poem has been described as planting “one foot in prose, the other in poetry, both heels resting precariously on banana peels.” This may be a useful simile, but how do we figure out our footing? Without the line break, where does the boundary between poetry and prose run? This workshop invites prose writers and poets to explore how we might write in sentences and paragraphs to create poetry.
DISCUSSION GROUP FOR WRITERS: This class is for writers and anyone wanting to dive deeper into what makes great writing great. In this Zoom discussion group we will read and discuss craft essays and expert works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Representative authors include Alice Walker, Amy Tan, Eula Biss, Benjamin Percy, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ursula K. Le Guin.