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December 26, 2016


"This is such a safe environment to grow and learn, thank you," 
~ Cheryl

This page is for students in Tuesday Spring Craft Studio. We begin March 1st at 10 a.m.

Class Detail:  You will read aloud several times to get a deep connection to the storyteller's voice within, we will immerse in a terrific novel titled The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, in order to carefully dissect each aspect of craft and structure.  You'll leave knowing how to tear a book apart in order to see the inner workings of process, a technique that will serve you for all your writing life. You'll also learn about scene, scene progressions, structure and antagonistic forces.  This class is designed to help you make breakthroughs with your writing and help you get closer to your publishing goals. Audio option for long distance students.  Write me at jclauck@gmail.com for info.

Early birds get $75 off!
We will fill fast.  Only 12 spots.  Sign up now. 

Required Text:  
The History of Love by Nicole Kruass

Story by Robert McKee 

Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller. 

Class Schedule: 
Wednesday's 10-12 p.m. Mar. 1-May 3
Additional details posted soon. 

Reference texts: 
Keep it Short by Danny Heitman (Click on link)
Debra Gwartney on Memoir  (click on link) 
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays  (click on link)
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields

Suggested Program: 
Scrivner (free download for 30 days). 
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November 14, 2016


"This is such a safe environment to grow and learn, thank you," 
~ Cheryl

This page is for students in Tuesday Spring Craft Studio. We begin March 1st at 10 a.m.

Class Detail:  You will read aloud several times to get a deep connection to the storyteller's voice within, we will immerse in a terrific novel titled The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, in order to carefully dissect each aspect of craft and structure.  You'll leave knowing how to tear a book apart in order to see the inner workings of process, a technique that will serve you for all your writing life. You'll also learn about scene, scene progressions, structure and antagonistic forces.  This class is designed to help you make breakthroughs with your writing and help you get closer to your publishing goals. Audio option for long distance students.  Write me at jclauck@gmail.com for info.

Early birds get $75 off! 
We will fill fast.  Only 12 spots.  Sign up now. 

Required Text:  
The History of Love by Nicole Kruass

Story by Robert McKee 

Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller. 

Class Schedule: 
Wednesday's 10-12 p.m. April 1-May 3
Additional details posted soon. 

Reference texts: 
Keep it Short by Danny Heitman (Click on link)
Debra Gwartney on Memoir  (click on link) 
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays  (click on link)
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields

Suggested Program: 
Scrivner (free download for 30 days). 
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November 3, 2016


Now Taking Applications for the 2017/18 academic year.  
WHAT:

The Studio specializes in long term literary studies.  We meet each week for three hours and Studio read a selection of books, essays, and short stories, attend literary lectures, listen to podcasts by nationally known writers, and study together.  We workshop on the various complexities of the literary arts including scene, structure, character development, arc, antagonistic forces and progressions.  We have a mini poetry track, with Jenn Foreman, and this is to help break into deeper emotions within our prose.  We also have a guest literary agent talk to us during the year.  Last, there are two community readings for Studio writers, where you present your work to the whole school!

The Studio is a committed group who support each other by setting goals, sharing the details of their full length projects, and by being there during the ups and downs of the creative process.

WHEN:  

Studio I - First years and beginning/intermediate
Tuesday/11:30-2:30
*Audio class option available.  See below.  

Studio II - Second year and intermediate writers
Thursday/11:30-2:30

Studio III - Third and fourth year and advanced writers
Thursday/6:00-9:00

NOTE:  We may be adding a Studio IV based on applications.  Final spots are confirmed May 1, 2017.  Classes begin mid-Sept.

HOW:  

Email Jclauck@gmail.com and tell me about yourself, your writing strengths and weaknesses, your CV (this means resume!  Include your writing studies thus far and any publication credits), and three samples of your writing.

COST:

Once we get your email of interest, we'll provide that information.  It's a lot less than therapy!  And more


Apply early!  Get your spot in this terrific program.  

Studio I Audio Options:

Option 1:  Each week, from Sept. 13 to May 30th, you receive a three hour audio class and can follow the homework and readings at your own pace, and level of interest.  You are basically attending the class at the level of an observer.  Cost:  $600.00

Option 2:  Each week, from Sept. 13 to May 30th, you receive a three hour audio class and can follow the homework and readings at your own pace, and level of interest.  And, you can submit pages to me, personally, ten times over the year.  I will read those pages, provide written feedback and send them back to you.  We can discuss the feedback on the phone, or on Skype, and this is a twenty minute session.  Cost:  $1250.00





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October 11, 2016

You are such an amazing teacher. I am experienced and published, but when I came home I immediately started revising my novel. First chapter? Gone. Plot points? There. Heroine taking charge? You bet. You worked your ass off...we writers sure appreciate it. ~ Sue Lick


This class is the result of five years of study on story.  I've broken down the parts into simple sections with exercises to help you learn how to understand and apply each part to the whole.   Concept, theme, plot, structure, character, antagonistic forces, and setting.  You will learn to organize your fiction or creative non-fiction with the reader in mind.  You will leave with examples, handouts, and tools to fine two your current draft or create your first!


March 10-12:   Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Curriculum:
Fri:  6:00-9:00     Concept & Theme
Sat: 10:00-4:00    Plot and Structure
Sun: 10:00-4:00   Character, Antagonistic Forces, SettingBooks and Prep for Class:  Story Engineering by Larry Brooks.Story by Robert McKeeThe Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley (for the particularly ambitious!) 
Please dig in and read about Concept, Theme and Structure, in Story Engineering. Read about the seven basic plots in Booker.  Read Chapter 14 in Robert McKee.  If you go as far as getting the Smiley book, read A Novel of your Own PI & II.  
If you DO NOT want to invest in these books, please don't worry. I'll have my copies, hand outs, and you can share with others.  Also, if you are balking at pre-reading, DO NOT WORRY! This suggestion is for those who want to get a jump on the class.  

Write a summary of your project and a bio on yourself. Tell me what you are trying to create, what has thwarted you, and what your writing goals are. Also include some background on yourself. Please do not stress about this exercise.  Just do your best! 


Sign up now!

 
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Published on October 11, 2016 15:38 • 11 views

October 10, 2016

Holly Lorincz - Visiting Instructor
I met Holly a couple years back when she was a young agent and long time editor.  I was impressed by her poise and focus.  I invited her to teach to a group of students I was working with and found she was generous, open and kind.  Honest and ambitious too.  
She presented again at The Blackbird Studio on June 4th and talked about preparing manuscripts for agent and editor review.  She will return in Sept. for a repeat performance of her class, Preparing Your Work for Submission, and she'll do an advanced course as well, for those who are ready to work their first chapter and query letter. 

How to Get Plublished - Spring 2017
Advanced Publishing Workshop - Spring 2017

Holly is a professional editor and owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She works with debut and bestselling authors, publishing houses, and the MacGregor Literary Agency, where she agented for three years. Holly's also an author, ghost writing a range of published books, from memoirs to novels to prison survival handbooks, and is the published author of her own, hilarious novel, Smart Mouth, which is optioned for a TV series.  
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Published on October 10, 2016 10:35 • 6 views
Holly Lorincz - Visiting Instructor
I met Holly a couple years back when she was a young agent and long time editor.  I was impressed by her poise and focus.  I invited her to teach to a group of students I was working with and found she was generous, open and kind.  Honest and ambitious too.  
She presented again at The Blackbird Studio on June 4th and talked about preparing manuscripts for agent and editor review.  She will return in Sept. for a repeat performance of her class, Preparing Your Work for Submission, and she'll do an advanced course as well, for those who are ready to work their first chapter and query letter. 

Nov. 12 - Advanced Publishing Workshop 

Holly is a professional editor and owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She works with debut and bestselling authors, publishing houses, and the MacGregor Literary Agency, where she agented for three years. Holly's also an author, ghost writing a range of published books, from memoirs to novels to prison survival handbooks, and is the published author of her own, hilarious novel, Smart Mouth, which is optioned for a TV series.  
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September 12, 2016

Matthew Minicucci - Instructor
Matthew Minicucci has just moved to Portland and is a pearl of a man!  I'm so happy and honored he'll be teaching at The Studio in the fall of 2016.
Matt is the author of two collections of poetry: Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and Small Gods, forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wick Poetry Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his MFA. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among others.
Flash Forms:  Making the Micro Macro
Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
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July 25, 2016

Matthew Minicucci - Instructor
Matthew Minicucci has just moved to Portland and is a pearl of a man!  I'm so happy and honored he'll be teaching at The Studio in the fall of 2016.
Matt is the author of two collections of poetry: Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and Small Gods, forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wick Poetry Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his MFA. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among others.
Making the Micro Macro Sept. 9 & 10
The Studio for Poets (Paired with Jenn Foreman) Sept. 14-Nov.
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June 24, 2016

Get away from home, pamper yourself, rest, and write.The Beach Retreat has come to the city this year.  It's the Studio Summer Intensive where we will combine writing teachings on craft, writing exercises to stimulate new ideas, personal meetings with Jennifer to plan your writing year, trips to the salon for a massage, and a couple yoga classes! 

Writers come from all over the U.S. for this once-a-year opportunity to reset their writing-selves.  These are 18 hours that will change your life. 

If you are a beginner, or someone who has taken retreats and classes before, all are welcome. Don't miss this amazing restorative weekend.

Aug. 26 - 28, Fri, Sat & Sun/10 - 4 p.m.  

$475.00 (4 spots open).  Click here to sign up!

The Blackbird Studio for Writers
4035 NE Sandy
Suite 246
Portland, OR 97232

Yoga Sat & Sun with Kris Olson (times TBA)Massages available at Dosha Salon/HawthorneAccommodation lists available upon request
NOTE:  There is no cost for the yoga but there is for the massage, though we will book your appointment.  Please let Jennifer or Cloie know, right away, if you'd like to have a massage and we'll get you costs.  
 
 
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May 8, 2016


The Studio specializes in long term literary studies.  This is an immersion group that provides support and depth studies

From Sept. 2016 to May 2017, we meet each week for three hours: 

Studio I (first year) 
Tuesday/11:30-2:30 

Studio II (second year)
Thursday/11:30-2:30

Studio III (third/fourth year)
Thursday/6:00-9:00

Studio writers read a selection of books chosen by the group, attend literary lectures, listen to podcasts by nationally known writers, and study together.  We workshop with focus on the various complexities of the literary arts including scene, structure, character development, arc, antagonistic forces and progressions.  We'll also have a mini poetry track this year, with Jenn Foreman, and this is to help break into deeper emotions within our prose.

The Studio is a committed group of writers, like you.  They support each other by setting goals, sharing the details of their full length projects, and by being there during the ups and downs of the creative process.  The Studio is a writers home base, and a safe place.

If you are interested in participating in a Studio, please write to me at jclauck@gmail.com and we'll talk about what's possible.  If you are interested in reading more about me, please click here


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Published on May 08, 2016 19:21 • 19 views