Be demystified from various elements of craft, plot, narration, style, and characterization.

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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Mon-Fri 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm ET
There will be opportunities for one-on-one sessions with the instructor

A generative workshop to compel you to turn away from fancy language and gimmickry to focus on telling the truth about people and events that matter most deeply. Focus on subjects such as obsession, doubt, disequilibrium, romantic yearning, and friendship. Write every day to share our work.

Lectures are intended to demystify various elements of craft, including plot, narration, style, and characterization. Learn by doing, rather than following a set of rules.

This course is sophisticated enough to appeal to experienced writers, including those who have published books, and writers who are starting out. The emphasis is on treating each and every person as a storyteller, in pursuit of the deeper truths within them. Be expected to do a number of quick writing exercises, which will inevitably be the seeds of longer and more sustained projects. The idea isn’t to finish one single piece, but to begin a number of them, and to map out what you feel called to write.

Most days will entail writing prompts in the morning, with lectures in the afternoon.



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Instructor: Steve Almond

Learn more about Maine Media's Steve Almond. Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World was published in Spring. He is the recipient of an NEA grant for 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University and lives outside Boston with his family, his debt, and considerable anxiety.