Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Notable Writer's Center Classes

Here are two excellent classes being offered at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. For a complete listing, and instructor profiles, please visit our web site.

Advanced Writing for Younger Children
A Workshop with Mary Quattlebaum meets 4 Thursdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. starting June 5.

Want to move your writing project forward? This workshop offers guidance for those working on picture books, early readers, chapter books, magazine pieces, and poetry for ages 2 to 9. In addition to feedback, the short lectures, discussions, and in-class writing exercises may help you hone and better position your project for possible publication in today's competitive children's market. Open only to those who have completed "Writing for Younger Children" at the Writer's Center or a comparable workshop, or have instructor's permission. If you want feedback the first night, bring copies of your piece to the first meeting.

Alice Munro: Conning Lies: Turning History Into Fiction (or Poetry)
A Workshop with Judith McCombs meets 6 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p .m. starting June 4.

This is a workshop for beginning and experienced writers. Munro's recent View from Castle Rock and earlier "Wilderness Station" stories are based on family history; going back seven generations to her impoverished Scots ancestors, Munro fuses what is known with imagined realities. We will examine how the first-person narrator-guide establishes her credibility; how omniscient mind-reading, authorial comment, and multiple points of view reveal unvoiced dreams, hidden loves, secret arts, community beliefs and customs; how allusions, time jumps, back-formations, recurring themes and images give Munro's stories depth and resonance. We will pay close attention to how stories that do so much can open up new possibilities for our own stories and poems. Students can bring in their own historic/creative fiction or poetry, or ones suggested by exercises.

Details on both classes--and other exciting offerings--here.


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