A Matter of Choice: Developing Your Voice Through Workshopping

Regular $280.00
Member $252.00
September 22, 2022 - November 10, 2022
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
The Loft at Open Book
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8 Week
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We make so many choices in our writing—some we don't even notice. Our job in reviewing and revising is to help make those choices work for the story in an intentional manner. By reading published works and reading them through a writer's workshopping eye, we can better read our own and others' work.

In this class, we'll read works by Nana Kwame-Adjei-Benyah, Danielle Evans, Ella Martinson Gorham, Kevin Brockmeier, Lauren Groff, Kelly Link, Brad Watson, and Aysegül Savas. We will be curious when we notice something that we liked or moved us and attempt to understand what steps the writer used to produce that feeling. If something didn't work for us, we'll ask not only "Why?" but "Why would the writer have chosen to do it that way?" Reading together and hearing varied interpretations will help deepen our own. Then we will use these skills to read our peers' work (3k words or less) and find the styles, voices, and strengths that they are already using, so that the writer and the story may grow into those capabilities.

We are evolving our COVID policies for fall, 2022 classes:

As of September 1, 2022, the Loft strongly recommends that students attending in-person classes are fully vaccinated; we are not checking status at the door. We also strongly recommend masking while in Open Book and a Loft classroom, and please continue to social distance. Please respect any requests from teaching artists, staff, or fellow students to wear a mask while in their vicinity.

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