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January 2020

Speculative Nonfiction

January 25 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: January 17, 11:59 pm Instructor: Sonya Bilocerkowycz Nonfiction is often understood to be the genre most bound by “facts” and “truth.” But as nonfiction writers, we recognize that sometimes a thing that feels true may not be so easily categorized. What, for example, is the role of imagination in nonfiction? Of memories misremembered? Of theorizing? Of cultural myths, or dreams, or hallucinations? Contemporary essayists Robin Hemley and Leila Philip suggest that speculative nonfiction “concerns itself…

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February 2020

Opportunity Spaces: Exploring the Flat Spots in Story

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: January 31, 11:59 pm Instructor: Robert Glick In sentence, summary, and scene, works that are in process inevitably contain flat spots—unnecessary abstractions, unexplored character traits, buried thematics—that can undermine the power of the story. In this workshop, we will learn to recognize these flat spots as opportunity spaces, which, through expansion, give us room to breathe life into our stories and novels.  Recommended Bibliography: Bluets by Maggie Nelson Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje…

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Memoir in Fragments

February 18 @ 2:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: February 10, 11:59 pm Instructor: Gail Hosking Do you ever feel overwhelmed about writing your past because it feels like too big of a task? Our memories and thoughts come in fragments. We can push through the opposition by using prompts as a springboard to generate small pieces and find ways into your stories of the past. We will play with language as we learn about the craft of scene, summary, reflection, and causal logic.…

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Seeing Again: Digging Deeper for Revision

February 29 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: February 21, 11:59 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Once you have an initial draft, editing is not the next step. Discovering a new vision is. "Beneath the external justifications for writing are secret internal motivations, and beneath these are subconscious impulses and great, pulsing mysteries we sense but cannot say. These appear in our writing's inner story...that current of emotion and thought that moves in and through the plot." (Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Living Revision) In this…

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March 2020

Deepening Your Expression with a Journal

March 7 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to Register: February 28, 11:59 pm Instructor: Nancy Steinkamp What are we learning from our life journey? Is there wisdom lying dormant that is tender, humorous, or aching to be expressed so that it can connect with another person's experience? In this class you will review your past writing through  a new reflective lens to reveal universal themes and deepen your unfolding story. Using special journaling techniques, you will discover the meaning behind your writing and determine…

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Show, Don’t Tell—But How?

March 14 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: March 6, 11:59 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez You’ve probably been told at least once, “show, don’t tell!” It’s one of the fundamental rules of writing, but how exactly can we do it? Through class discussions, reading examples, and writing exercises, we’ll take a deep dive into learning the specific tools and techniques used by great writers and apply them to our own projects. (And we’ll also learn when it’s okay to tell.) Recommended Bibliography: The…

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Writing a Powerful Memoir

March 28 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to Register: March 20, 11:59 pm Instructor: Mark Block Have you ever wanted to write a memoir? Share your life stories with family and friends? Do you have a story to tell that might inspire or challenge others? This special workshop will provide you with the basic steps for creating a powerful and compelling memoir. First we’ll examine memoir composition and discuss key elements of anecdotal writing. Then, using handouts as a guide, you’ll choose a relevant…

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