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Two Writing Classes Starting Soon at Vroman's

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Intensive Fiction Writing Class
Mondays, July 28 - September 15, 6:30 - 8:30pm
(Days off 8/25 and 9/1)
$350 per student (plus tax)

Each session of this 6-week workshop, taught by Kerry Madden, will deal with the craft of writing with a special focus on plot, theme, setting, character, and narrative voice. Within the sessions, writing exercises will be offered, as well as the chance to workshop chapters and scenes in both large and smaller groups. Handouts will be provided on different authors and writing styles. Writers will study Flannery O'Connor, Brenda Ueland, Ralph Keyes, Natalie Goldberg, Dennis Palumbo, Heather King, Ellen Slezak, Marie Irene Fornez, Diana Wagman, Pamela Painter, Anne Bernays and others to learn more about developing character and structure within a chapter or a scene. The Intensive Fiction Writing class will culminate in a public reading at Vroman's Bookstore. A guest novelist will visit during the latter part of the workshop. Finally, every week writers will be able to turn in six pages of a work-in-progress for feedback, which will be returned the following week. Sign up today; class size is limited!
Instructor: Kerry Madden

Focus on Fiction--How to Begin (and Finish) a Short Story
Saturdays, August 9 - September 13, 10 a.m. - noon
$350.00 per student (plus tax)

Writers face many obstacles--the day job, the children, the daily news, the psyche--as they try to become still and quiet enough to write. A story can take months to finish, a novel, years. But when we immerse ourselves fully in a workshop, we can make progress that isn't always possible when we only work alone. In this workshop, we will begin many stories. We'll figure out which ones show promise, and we'll advance those. As a group, we'll examine both student and published work carefully, addressing matters of craft and motivation. If you invest fully in the class, you will leave with a finished piece, and, equally important, with possibilities for many other stories that only you can write. Required Texts: Ron Carlson Writes a Story by Ron Carlson (ISBN: 978-1-55597-477-0); and 12 Short Stories and Their Making, edited by Paul Mandelbaum (ISBN: 0-89255-312-X).
Instructor: Ellen Slezak

To register for either class, please call Vroman's customer service at (626)449-5320.

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