In-Person Fri Oct 6

Friday October 6 Workshops | 1:00 - 4:00 pm


Descriptions for the Oct 6 workshops are below. All workshops are 1:00 - 4:00pm. Program subject to change.

For registration information, go to the registration page

The Invisible Hand: Poetry in the Prose with Douglas T Cole 

Writers will learn and practice the art of enriching their fiction writing with the tools of poetry. An interactive, hands-on workshop that will expose writers to examples of poetics in fiction, with practical exercises in the transformational power of poetic language to add magic to prose writing. The first half of the workshop will focus on the examination of writing by artists such as Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Joy Harjo, James Dickey, Kate Braverman, and others, looking not only at how they utilize poetic techniques in prose language, but the way certain poetic goals (beyond the beauty of language) enrich prose with “magic,” depth and a mystery. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to certain writing exercises designed to give writers not only practice and experience in applying these poetic energies, but a chance to receive feedback and reflect on their writing with others.

WORKSHOP FULL -- Becoming a Master Writer with John DeDakis 

This class will take a deep-dive into some of the essentials necessary to bring your writing to a professional level. Our session will be divided into three parts: 1) An overview of the novel-writing process--from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process--with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans; 2) Tips and strategies for making the scene you see in your head come alive on the page; 3) Understanding what frightens writers and how to get beyond those fears.

Literary Nature Writing with Catherine Raven 

This workshop is for writers of all levels interested in combining literature and natural history in either creative nonfiction or fiction. Tips and training about the craft of literary science writing will be presented. The workshop's goal is not to insert science into a work of literature, or to impose literary quality into an expository work of science, but rather to produce a single work presenting as an integrated whole, with discussion regarding the use of science to inform a story, and how to use creative writing techniques to turn science writing into literature.