Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Biannual Post About the Jenny McKean Moore Free Workshop

Looking for 2012 info?  Go here.

The Jenny McKean Moore Free Community Workshop is one of the best deals in the DC writing world.  Each year, a writer comes to DC to be in residence at George Washington University, and part of their obligation includes teaching a FREE, semester-long writing class.  Yes, FREE.  All you have to do is follow the application directions and keep your fingers crossed that your manuscript will be accepted.  That’s right, even the application process is FREE!  (Thank you, Jenny McKean Moore.)

The visiting writer this year, Tim Johnston (who I knew growing up in Iowa, BTW!), will be focusing on the short story.

As per usual, GWU seems not to recognize that a website with this information would be helpful, so these are the directions in their entirety:
The George Washington University Jenny McKean Moore Free Community Workshop
Fall 2011-- Art of the Story

Tuesdays, 7 – 9 p.m., September 13 – December 6, 2011
Led by Tim Johnston

Come and take part in a semester-long fiction workshop! To apply you do NOT need academic qualifications or publications.  The class will include some readings, writing exercises, and inducements to revise, but will mainly be a roundtable critique of work submitted by class members.  There are no fees to participate in the class, but you will be responsible for making enough copies of your stories for all 15 participants. Students at Consortium schools (including GWU) are not eligible.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a 5 – 10 page sample of your writing.  Make sure you include your name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and email address.  If you wish to have your sample returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Applications must be received at the following address by close of business on Wednesday, 31 August 2011:

JMM Fiction Workshop
Department of English
The George Washington University
801  22nd Street, NW (Suite 760)
Washington, DC 20052

Tim Johnston is the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington for 2011 –2012. He is the author of the prize-winning story collection Irish Girl, and the novel Never So Green.

The GWU is an equal opportunity institution.


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