Monday, September 20, 2010

Free Workshops: October 2

Mark your calendars for these free writing workshops:

Saturday, October 2, 2010
10:00am - 12:30pm

Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC

JHU MA in Writing Program: Student Teaching Demonstration Workshops
Coordinated by Rae Bryant

A big thank you to Mark Farrington, JHU MA Fiction Coordinator and Advisor David Everett, JHU MA Senior Associate Program Chair, and the program et al., for offering this FREE workshop afternoon, an opportunity for "Teaching Writing" students to work with other writers, students, alumni and their crafts. Workshop information below.

All workshops run concurrently from 10:30 to 12:30.

Workshops are FREE of charge.

After the workshop, come out for...

Madhatter Dining Saloon & Drinking House, D.C.
1:00 to 2:30 pm

*Madhatter is just around the corner, walking distance, from the JHU DC campus.


An Introduction to the Practice and Craft of Microfiction
Instructors: Rae Bryant and Carrie Stickel
“Writing Prosetry” will familiarize writers of all concentrations with the craft of microfiction—five-hundred to one thousand word stories. Workshop participants will read and discuss effective works of microfiction, discuss artistic goals of microfiction, and explore how scene arcing and tight language can enhance microfiction as well as longer creative works. Participants will create microfiction and study print and online microfiction markets that are welcoming to both vetted and newer writers. “Writing Prosetry” is open to all writers in all concentrations, and will encourage participants to use their specific genre and content area knowledge to write effective and gripping microfiction.

Two Workshops, one on Food in Writing and one on Description in Ethnic and Cultural Stories.
Instructors Gina Vivinetto and Kimberly Shorter
In writing, food can be a cultural signifier, a telling bit of characterization, a powerful metaphor, and more. This introductory workshop encourages writers of all concentrations to consider using food to tell their stories with more depth and richness. Workshop participants will read and discuss examples of food in literature from Charles Dickens to Toni Morrison, and will create and share their own writing using food as a writing tool.

Stories from ethnic or cultural backgrounds can be enriched with vivid and memorable passages about customs, sights, sounds, scents, and textures. Participants will use their senses to produce descriptive writing that allows readers to see, hear, touch, smell and taste the elements of the world that has been created.

PUTTING ON LAYERS: A Workshop on Remembering, Expanding, and Revising Self on Paper
Instructor: Brandi Dawn Henderson
In this workshop, participants will learn how to create rich, robust, immensely interesting characters, as a result of emotional layering. We’ll begin by opening our eyes to the different layers of descriptive possibility available in everyday happenings. We’ll learn how to back out of situations we are close to and look at them from the top, right, left, and underneath. We will walk up so close that our noses are touching them and see what things look like from there. We’ll take note of the taken for granted, record our discoveries, and identify the dominant emotion present within each moment. Then, we’ll begin to layer by identifying other (possibly contradictory) emotions that may have been present within these same moments, in an effort to achieve a greater level of emotional authenticity for our characters. This workshop is designed with a bit of a nonfiction slant, but has something to teach anyone who wishes to attend.

For more information go here and scroll down to “events” on right.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.