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Read & Write with James Whorton, Jr. | Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

For years I avoided Nikolai Gogol's 1842 novel Dead Souls because, knowing nothing but the title, I assumed it would be depressing and grim. To Flannery O'Connor, though, Gogol was "necessary along with the light." Why? Nabokov called him "the strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced."  Finally I dipped in and was astonished to find something […]

$40.00

Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by James Whorton's master class on Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls. Writing prompts to consider as you create: Write a quick scene in which an animal, human or nonhuman eats something it should not have eaten. Write it fast! (I am thinking of […]

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So You’re a Neurodivergent Writer

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

Have you struggled with traditional writing advice? Do you hate feedback and revision of any kind? Do you find it difficult to call yourself a writer because of these things? I have some good news: there’s nothing wrong with you, and you’re more of a writer than you’ve been led to believe. How do I […]

$40.00

Workshop | Angelique Stevens

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

Nadia Owusu’s Whiting Award-winning debut memoir, Aftershocks, serves as the foundation for understanding the rich array of tools memoirists have to create complex narratives. We’ll explore such tools as metaphor, symbolism, and structure as we navigate the seismic upheavals of a life lived across several countries. Most recently chosen as one of Barack Obama’s favorite […]

$40.00

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by Angelique Stevens’ master class on Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu. Writing prompts to consider as you create: Writing prompts Owusu structures the “Liminal” chapter using the Blue Chair as the inciting incident and notes the time away from it; one day […]

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David B. Seaburn

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

What contributes to a writer’s voice? How is it different from a character’s voice? How does one create characters’ voices that are as real as one’s own? Photographer and writer Wright Morris said, “Voice is the presence of what is most personal to the writer. Through voice, the writer is invisibly omnipresent.” This workshop will […]

$40.00

Tyrese L. Coleman

W&B Online Class Rochester, United States

Flash fiction and flash nonfiction are highly popular yet sometimes misunderstood genres. A common misconception is that flash is easy to write because it is short (1,000 words or fewer). But creating a successful piece of flash requires effort and practice. This workshop introduces you to what makes flash work as narrative– the form and […]

$40.00

Poetry Workshop: Getting Unstuck

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Writer’s Block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution: Ignore "high standards" and "get into action." Exercising our writing muscles every day can help prepare us for when the big poem needs to be born. In this workshop we’ll explore this and other ways to move through fear and the doldrums. Criticism—especially from the […]

$40.00
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