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Querying Agents: Nonfiction

W&B Online Class Rochester

This course is for students who are interested in publishing book-length nonfiction (such as memoir, pop science, self-help, biography, and how-to). They will learn about the process of getting published, and how to begin that process by crafting a book proposal. We will discuss when to begin querying agents, how to know which agents are […]

$241

Writing Motherhood: A Memoir Workshop

W&B Online Class Rochester

Virtual Event led by Sally Bittner Bonn. Telling our stories is how we make sense of our lives, how we hold memories, how we celebrate, how we grieve, how we wrestle with what we don’t understand. Mothering is complex; it can be simultaneously exhausting, exhilarating, lonely, hysterically funny, maddening, bursting with love. We’ll examine some […]

$40

Read & Write with Wendy Call: Collage and Commentary in Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

W&B Online Class Rochester

Virtual Event with Wendy Call In this masterful memoir, poet/scholar/activist Deborah Miranda incorporates family photographs, historical documents, actual and invented elementary school assignments, oral history, journal entries, lyric essays, poetry, and a blood quantum chart made into visual art. As author Linda Hogan says, Bad Indians “is groundbreaking not only as literature but as history.” […]

$40

Memoir Workshop | Steve Majors

W&B Online Class Rochester

Virtual Event with Steve Majors Every family has secrets. Who gets to decide which stories are shared? Memoir writers often struggle with telling authentic stories while at the same time protecting the feelings and reputation of loved ones. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to mine the past for compelling content while preserving your personal […]

$40

Peer Workshop on “Collage and Commentary in Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir”

W&B Online Class Rochester

Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by Wendy Call's master class on Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir. Writing prompts to consider as you create: First: You will need 10 index cards (or similarly sized pieces of paper). Second: Please don’t read ahead in this exercise! […]

Free

Fiction Workshop: Muddling the Middle | Melanie Conroy-Goldman

W&B Online Class Rochester

Rising action. Mounting stakes. Reversals. Unmaskings. When a novel or a story doesn’t arrive or reach a powerful (and in some measure satisfying) conclusion, the fault is nearly always in the middle. In this workshop, we will consider one novella and three short stories to consider the all-important middle of a narrative. We’ll develop a […]

$40

Poetry Workshop: Breathing Life into Our Writing

W&B Online Class Rochester

In this generative workshop, we'll explore the power of images in contemporary writing. Guided by discussions of craft and examples from notable poems and essays, writers in this workshop will gain tools to sharpen sensory details in their writing. Rage Hezekiah is a Cave Canem, Ragdale, and MacDowell Fellow who earned her MFA from Emerson […]

$40

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

W&B Online Class Rochester

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

Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls

W&B Online Class Rochester

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 […]

Free

So You’re a Neurodivergent Writer

W&B Online Class Rochester

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

Workshop | Angelique Stevens

W&B Online Class Rochester

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

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

W&B Online Class Rochester

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 […]

Free

David B. Seaburn

W&B Online Class Rochester

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

Tyrese L. Coleman

W&B Online Class Rochester

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
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