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Saturday Intensives

Two Intensives are included in a Whole Enchilada Package.

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INTENSIVE 1001: ADVANCED ALL PROSE GENRES
Playing in the Sandbox of the Sentence: Grammar for Writers

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, memoir, history, or fantasy, successful writing all comes down to the words — 26 letters endlessly rearranged in the service of ideas and emotion. With a bit of grammar understanding and awareness, a writer can better control their prose and bump their stories to the...
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Merilyn Simonds
Merilyn Simonds

INTENSIVE 1002: ADVANCED FICTION
The Art of Character

In this intensive workshop, students will learn how to create compelling characters from their first appearance in the mind’s eye to their incarnation on the page. We’ll cover how to explore unconventional source materials for discovering unique characters; how to create the three levels of struggle that determine story; how...
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David Corbett
David Corbett

INTENSIVE 1003: PERSONAL WRITING
Journaling as Creative Discovery

This three-hour intensive will guide you in your writing practice toward a place of deeper understanding and commitment and creativity in your writing vis a vis the genre of journal writing. We’ll look at and discover different approaches — ways to go deeper with our writing ideas and exploring them more...
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Elizabeth Powell
Elizabeth Powell

INTENSIVE 1004: POETRY
Wildwriting: Opening to the Heart of Poem

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strong pull of what you really love. — Rumi Do you yearn to write gorgeous poems: Lyrical Heartsongs — full of images and music? WildWriting is an Add-Water-and-Stir process! Get Inspired & Fired Up! Write Yourself tenderly into the Ecstatic Now! Craft language that shines, whispers,...
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Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill

INTENSIVE 1005: NONFICTION
The Nuts and Bolts of Creative Nonfiction

Do you understand the importance of the narrative arc? Have you heard the term, but aren’t quite sure how it applies to your writing? Whether fiction or nonfiction, the arc is everything, the structure that holds your story together, while pulling your reader deeper into it. The arc is the...
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Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim

INTENSIVE 1006: SCREENWRITING
Big Picture: Writing the Spec Screenplay

In the professional world of feature film screenwriting, the first fifteen pages of a script can make it or break it. If the set-up through inciting incident doesn’t immediately captivate, propelling the story and its protagonist, antagonist, and romantic interest forward in a way that compels the analyst, agent, manager,...
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Mark Schwartz
Mark Evan Schwartz

INTENSIVE 1007: ALL PROSE GENRES
How to Edit What You Write — Part I: Conciseness, Precision, and Structure

Published authors will tell you that most of their time and effort is spent not in writing but in revising. In this hands-on class, writers of fiction and nonfiction will learn how to go from first draft to finished manuscript. This morning session will focus on conciseness, precision, and structure...
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Gerry Helferich
Gerry Helferich

INTENSIVE 2001: ADVANCED FICTION
Writing the Unreliable Narrator

What makes a narrator unreliable? What are the varieties of unreliability, and how do we as readers sometimes recognize the author’s intended “truth” of a story by listening for what lies beneath the manifest story being told? How does the authorial voice differ from the narrator’s voice? Participants will consider...
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Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber

INTENSIVE 2002: CRIME FICTION
The Character of Crime

In this intensive workshop, students will gain a thorough understanding of the thematic and structural elements that distinguish the three main sub-genres of crime fiction: Mystery/Detective, Crime, and Thriller. We’ll explore how to build a compelling character web given the thematic emphasis of each sub-genre, with particular focus on constructing...
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David Corbett
David Corbett

INTENSIVE 2003: SCREENWRITING
Introduction to Screenwriting

In this workshop we’ll cover the three act structure, including crucial elements in all three acts. You’ll learn how to set up the world of your story, and gain an understanding of the significance of the protagonist, antagonist and secondary characters. We’ll discuss the emotional journey of the protagonist which...
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Julie Sayres
Julie Sayres

INTENSIVE 2004: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
Publishing Economics and Marketing

In this lively and fact-filled session, Judith Gille, a successful self-published author and book marketing guru, and April Eberhardt, an agent who works with traditional and indie-published authors on all aspects of their books pre- to post-publication, cover the economics and marketing of your book. However you’re published, the fact...
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Judith Gille
Judith Gille
April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt

INTENSIVE 2005: TRAVEL WRITING
Books, Bylines, and Blogs: Creating Multiple Income Streams while Writing for Travelers

This intensive workshop, from a veteran travel writer and author who supports a family of three from his writing, dives into the ways to create a secure set of income streams in the competitive world of travel writing. Through personal lessons learned, examples from others, and worksheets, students will avoid...
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Tim Leffel
Tim Leffel

INTENSIVE 2006: MEMOIR
Finding the Power and Voice Behind Your Real Life Stories

In this workshop, students will come up with a list of story ideas, and from this list, will focus on drafting a short memoir piece for the page and/or the stage. Students will walk away with an understanding of voice, pacing, imagery and the most captivating angle to focus on....
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Lori Horvitz
Lori Horvitz

INTENSIVE 2007: ALL PROSE GENRES
How to Edit What You Write — Part II: Style, Overwriting, and Voice

Published authors will tell you that most of their time and effort is spent not in writing but in revising. In this hands-on class, writers of fiction and nonfiction will learn how to go from first draft to finished manuscript. This afternoon session will focus on style, overwriting, and voice...
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Gerry Helferich
Gerry Helferich