2014 Workshops at SummerKeys
- July 14-18
- July 28-August 1
- August 11-15
- August 25-29
Instructor: John Rule
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Tuition: $ 375
Creative Writing Workshop Description
This five-day course will explore the creative writing process, focusing on understanding and applying the tools used in both short stories and novel-length works. These include the various ‘point of view’ techniques, the use of subtext to engage the reader, inner and outer dialogue, dialogue versus narration, development of an internally consistent voice, methods of engaging all of the senses, free indirect discourse, and characterization.
We will meet for two hours daily (three on Monday and Friday) and prepare writing assignments based on local subjects for in-class discussion and critique. Additionally, Thursday evening we will meet at the Lubec Memorial Library for a public reading where participants will have the opportunity to present either their own work, or a favorite passage from another author, to a public audience.
Please bring your laptop or preferred writing materials. If you have a work-in-progress that you would like to have reviewed, please bring it.
Writers should be eighteen and over. Class size is limited to eight.
A Word from your Instructor:
You wake up with a phrase in your head and it just won’t go away. Maybe it belongs to a character you are conversing with right now. No? Perhaps it came from one you haven’t been introduced to yet, but whose story clearly needs to be told. You labor over every word, asking yourself: Is it really the right one? Or is there maybe one with more poetry, more subtext, more depth.
You don’t fret about using words your reader won’t get because you know they will, but you worry endlessly about using language that is not right for your character. After all, you are their friend. When they tell you things you listen, sometimes lying in bed late at night as they rant and rave, croon in your ear, expound and sulk and plead that you get it. You are a writer.