Taos Summer Writing, July 9-14, 2013. A week in the cool enchantment of New Mexico. Pick Your Class!
Taking The Scenic Route: Finding Your Own Road in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction With Guest instructor BK Loren. "This course starts with basic structure and moves forward to help you discover and feel confident with a structure more authentically your own. In the process, we'll also explore voice, character development, sense of place, style, and many other elements of good writing and story-making (whether it's fiction or nonfiction). The class welcomes all levels of writers who are willing to generate new material, revise old material, and break through to new territory in writing. The only requirement is that you submit one short story (fiction or nonfiction) to me prior to the class, and be willing to share it with your colleagues on day one. Please don't bring your best work. Bring your most honest work, the work that has challenged you most. Together, we'll work to transform it by day five. The week will go fast, so we'll have to buckle up and drive fast and hard to the end. As in any road trip, we'll have a few rest stops and some fun along the way. The point is, we'll all arrive at a new place by the end of the class. You ready to drive? See you in July!
Polish, with Daniel J. Hale for those NY-bound: Cover the minutiae, details, trimming and edits that will
help you perfect the words on the page – the difference between
“done” and “finished.” This class also includes synopsis writing, logline pitches and every step UP TO the query letter.
Plot with J. Suzanne Frank: Strengthen your understanding of story components, learn how the advanced elements of structure can expand your manuscript while transforming an overwhelming concept into a manageable project. You'll come to understand more while acquiring skills in creating tension bonds, developing dramatic scenes and deepening character and plot.
And for those who want to have a writer's retreat, with daily accountability, we offer Chapters.