Regular Scholarships and Registration Opens: February 15
Scholarship Applications Due: March 15
Scholars Notified: April 11
Manuscripts Due: May 12
Meghan Daum (Nonfiction)
This workshop is designed to help students figure out what makes their stories and ideas unique and to guide them toward a narrative voice that is truly their own. Over the course of the week, students will not only receive constructive feedback on pages they’ve already written but also have the opportunity to discuss their stories and ideas verbally and “off the page.” These “off the page” conversations—essentially free-flowing group discussions about the issues and story elements the author is grappling with—have a way of leading to new and unexpected creative paths and often prove revelatory. There will also be some brief reading assignments and in-class writing exercises. Manuscripts of no more than 20 pages will be submitted in advance. Please bring your generosity, your intellectual courage and, most of all, a sense of humor!
The Sharing of Joy: Making Poems That Snap, Crackle, and Pop
Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Poetry)
Building upon Audre Lorde’s idea that “the sharing of joy…forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference,” we will spend our time in workshop generating poems that sing and celebrate the various big and small wonders of this earth. We will also discuss each other’s poems in workshop and each day learn a new poetic form or practice to help keep you generating new work long after you return home. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and dig in!
Sentence and Structure: Revising Your Way into Your Novel
First drafts can be joyful to write—”this might be the best thing I’ve ever written!”—and also, in retrospect, pretty uniformly disappointing. Raymond Chandler said, “Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.” This workshop, geared for novelists but good for short story writers, too, won’t follow Chandler’s process literally (thankfully). Instead, we’re going to explore how to find pleasure and deeper meaning in the long, rich process of revision.
Through a series of conversations and exercises, we’re going to move from making the first draft and playing with language and point of view across successive drafts to finding freedom in structure and restructuring. The goal: to make your revision process one of pleasure, discovery, and excitement—and to end up with a book that is better and richer and more meaningful than you would have predicted on the day you put down your first word.