Reading great stories, memoirs, and poems should make us better at the craft of writing, right? But how often do we read literature closely enough to examine the choices the author has made? How often do we take the time to ponder why those choices work? In this class, we’ll read and discuss, dissect and diagram great examples of literary writing to glean vital knowledge about writing craft. We will look at how the best writers use language, mystery, settings, narrative techniques, irresistible openings, resonant endings and everything in between. Then we will practice those techniques in writing exercises you can return to again and again in your own writing practice.
By the end of the course, participants will have the literary equivalent of x-ray glasses for understanding what makes good writing work and a notebook full of drafts and exercises to move your writing practice forward.
This is a 6-week workshop that will meet on the following Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM:
- August 21st
- August 28th
- September 4th
- September 11th
- September 18th
- September 25th
Susan Rowe has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University and an MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, The American Oxonian, Penny, Literary Mama, and the book, Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond. Before deciding to write and teach full-time, Susan was a marketing and communications professional for twenty years. She recently completed a manuscript of short stories based on the lives of her immigrant grandparents.