Monday, June 07, 2010

Writing Identity Writing Class (Chicago Area)

Mary Anne Mohanraj asked folks to forward this. It's not specifically SF/F, though she says SF/F is welcome.

Writing Your Identity - Six Weeks of Summer Writing
(Oak Park, just outside Chicago)

Each and every one of us possess complex identities, which include such elements as race, age, ethnicity, gender, orientation, religion, class, national, political orientation and much more. In this summer workshop, you'll be encouraged to write your identities through the lens of fiction and/or creative nonfiction. (All prose genres are welcome.) We'll aim to create powerful stories with rich and compelling characters, while also exploring the basic elements of fiction/non-fiction writing: plot, dialogue, point of view, setting, structure, and more. All levels of writers (including beginners) are welcome.

The workshop will meet in person in Oak Park at Eastgate Cafe (Harrison & Lyman),in two three-week sessions; you may register for either session, or for both. Class size is limited to ten students per session.

During session one, we'll do focused exercises on character, setting, voice, and pov. In session two, we'll critique a completed short story from each member, as well as discussing plot, structure and theme. Workshop dates: Mondays, July 12-26 (session 1, $75); August 2-16(session 2, $75), 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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