Plunge into the world of hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, and nihilistic grifters through novels of the classic era of American crime fiction from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Roam humanity’s psycho-social depths across the rich landscapes of American cities and countryside, exploring four powerful books that left an indelible mark on American literature, film, and popular culture. Join us in a rich discussion of these diverse Noir novels that defined and transcended their genre.
Discuss patience as worldview, process, and tool for enrichening your own writing. We’ll read and discuss poems that model the value of patience and pacing and generate some drafts of our own.
In this generative workshop, we’ll learn from writers who’ve addressed some of the toughest issues of their times. We’ll look at poems from Wilhelm Klemm to Elyse Fenton, WWI to the present day. Our intent will be to isolate and consider craft tools often used by writers focusing on war and conflict so that we might incorporate these techniques within our own work. Please bring your preferred writing materials to the workshop.
Learn practical strategies for reinterpreting an old story to craft your own YA novel. From Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to Hamlet, writers have been retelling old narratives for years. Instead of just changing characters’ names and settings, how might we retell stories to convey the things we believe, maybe other versions of the story’s truths?
Students will generate, workshop, and revise works of fiction based initially or partially upon fact or any real life experience, the more truthful and personal the better.
How can writing about art provide literary inspiration? What are the paintings, photographs, sculptures and artwork that you obsess over as a writer? How does writing about art expand or complicate both the viewer’s response and the artwork’s meaning? Participants in this workshop will be engaging in the ekphrastic tradition of writing about art, as well as gathering strategies for how the visual arts can inspire future writing projects. We’ll be writing poems and nonfiction that responds to art both real and imagined, as well as reading work by Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Doty, Larry Levis, Lia Purpura, and many others.