Jan 25, 2021 - Mar 1, 2021
Workshop Fee: $795
Class Size: 8 (max)
NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class meets Mondays 5-7pm ET for six sessions (Jan 25th, Feb 1st, Feb 8th, Feb 15th, Feb 22nd, Mar 1st)
There will also be One-on-one sessions with the instructor
Inspiration? You have to get that on your own. But the nuts and bolts of craft——such as how to use setting, how to create characters, how to guide the plot, and how to make vibrant dialogue—well, that I can teach you. In this course, we’ll study six points of craft, from setting to dialogue, from pacing to character. We’ll look at published short stories and novel excerpts, and examine why they work (or don’t). In each session we’ll also have time for a short writing exercise, which you can choose to read aloud to the group or not. This won’t be a workshop—we won’t be reading and critiquing students’ writing—but you’re welcome to bring in questions and even short selections from your work that pertain to the craft point of that week.
Instructor: Sarah Van Arsdale
Sarah Van Arsdale’s fifth book, The Catamount, a narrative poem with her watercolor illustrations, was published by Nomadic Press in May 2020. She is the author of four books of fiction: Toward Amnesia, Grand Isle, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, and Blue, which won the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize for the novel. Her poetry and essays have been widely published in literary magazines. She also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.