Sessions will be from May 12th to 29th on Saturdays 10:30 a.m.—Noon and Tuesdays 6:30—8 p.m. This three-week series is tailored to the writing goals of the participants. The program is free and open to all ages, all genres, and all levels of expertise; participants may attend any or all of the six sessions. Each session will focus on a specific topic:
May 15: How to Begin
You have an idea for a story that you’ve been carrying around in your head. How do you start getting it onto the page? We’ll talk about beginnings, and endings, and by the end of the evening you will have begun.
May 19: How to Write in a Group
A group of writers that meets regularly can be an invaluable resource, a source of inspiration and encouragement, but it doesn’t happen like magic. I shouldn’t tattle on them, but the Crossroads Writers Group of Fontainebleau mostly drinks Burgundy and talks about what they aren’t working on and why. We’ll learn strategies for keeping a writing group supportive and productive. There’s one in town that’s been meeting since we opened Korongo in 2010; seven years later, they are still going, without me, and producing a collection of their essays.
May 22: Publishing and Sharing Your Work
There are many ways to get your writing out into the world where it can make an impact. We’ll talk about a few of them, including traditional publishing and self-publishing. Warning: I am not a publishing expert! But these days, with the entire publishing industry undergoing massive change, very few people can make that claim. I’ll tell you what I know, and others can do the same.
May 26: Writing Dialogue
Dialogue is integral to modern storytelling, whether you are writing a short story, a personal history, or a performance piece. We’ll talk about how to incorporate dialogue into your work, and how to use it to add drama to your stories.
May 29: Anatomy of a Scene
Modern storytelling relies on dramatic scenes that lift the action, create suspense, and hold the reader’s attention. But what is a scene, exactly? We’ll break it down into parts and talk about how to incorporate scenes into a narrative.
At the end of each session, there will be some time for people to share a portion of a work in progress, or to talk about a writing problem they are having.