Sensory details hurtle us into your story. Learn to tell it well.

Date:  Jul 29-Aug 4, 2018
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee: $995
Class Size: 12

Image Credit: Aidan Bliss

On your couch at home, you open a book and are immediately transported to the grasslands of the Serengeti. The sights, sounds, and smells are shockingly recognizable.  Have we been here before? How did this happen? Sensory details hurtle us into a narrative, and alert us to the physical and emotional experience of the people involved. Even in small doses, description reveals why a story is being told and what is most relevant.  During the week, you’ll practice finding the right balance of details, so a setting can become more than just a static backdrop, and described objects can feel like more than just props.  Attending to the precision and authenticity of details will help you make your writing all the more emotionally engrossing.  Throughout the week you’ll generate new work and share it, while also discussing notes on craft by a few contemporary masters like Mark Doty, Anne Lamott, and Haruki Murakami. This class is suitable for those interested in writing nonfiction or fiction. All experience levels are welcome.

Header Image Credit: Howie Motenko

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Instructor: Lewis Robinson

Lewis Robinson is the author of the novel Water Dogs (Random House, 2009), a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and Officer Friendly and Other Stories (HarperCollins, 2003), winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award.  His short fiction and essays have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Tin House, The Baffler, The New York Times Book Review and on NPR’s program Selected Shorts.