Begin to identify your own voice, and help your classmates identify theirs.
May 4, 2020 - May 8, 2020
Workshop Fee: $995
Class Size: 12
“IN MY YOUNGER and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticising anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'” (The Great Gatsby)
I invite you to read these lines aloud and notice how you are drawn into the story by the unique voice of the writer.
You each have your own voice, your own rhythm and tonality. You created it over the years, informed by the earliest sounds you heard, by your family, your ethnic group, your economic class, your geographic location and where you went to school. You may have a favorite uncle or singer whose voice you imitate. You may not even know you do it. During this week-long class you will begin to identify your own voice, and help your classmates identify theirs.
Each class will begin with a free write, writing to a prompt, or reading from your work in progress. You may source a photo, a piece of music, or overheard dialogue. We will study scene structure, dialogue, plot, and sensory details. Each evening I will give you pages to read and a bit of homework to do. By the end of the week, you will have a first draft of a story, a poem, or an essay. We will share your work and celebrate.
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Winter/Spring Session Info: Lodging and meal package available for $525. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure.
Instructor: Kathrin Seitz
Kathrin Seitz is a writer, editor, producer and professional coach who spent thirty years as a creative executive in the publishing, television, film, animation and toy industries in Los Angeles and New York City. As a coach, she works with private clients around the country and conduct Method Writing Workshops in Midcoast Maine, New York City, and Florida. Her writings have been published in Evergreen Review, Lear's Magazine, Onthebus, Method Mad (a magazine she created with her students), The Herald Gazette, and Maine Home+Design. She received her MFA in Fiction at Spalding University (Class of 2015).