Guided by author Maurice Carlos Ruffin, learn to hone your writing voice and write with a sense of joy!

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Lovers of literature understand that great writers have unique, unmistakable voices, but why is writing sometimes so difficult and unpleasant? In this class, writers of all skill levels will receive instruction on how to hone their writing voice, tell their stories, and, most importantly, write with a sense of joy! Some attention will be paid to preparing works for potential publication.

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Instructor: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, a One Book One New Orleans selection, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was longlisted for the Story Prize. His debut, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction. Ruffin is a professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University, and the 2020-2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.