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1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult

So you're writing a novel. Maybe you've been working on it for a while, or even have hundreds of pages of material—but as any good writer knows, many pages do not, necessarily, a completed novel make. If your story feels unmanageable, you're at the perfect stage to step back, take a bird's-eye view of it, and reevaluate. This one-day novel-structuring intensive is for anyone who has a pretty good sense of—at least—their novel’s beginning, rising action, and climactic moments. (You needn’t have a clear idea of your ending. This class can help with that!)

We'll start by reviewing existing structural forms—e.g. the hero's journey, the love story (both comic and tragic), the bildungsroman. We'll talk about your work, figure out what archetypal narrative tropes you're working with, and use them to help build a strong foundation for your project. We'll discuss chronology: when and how to reveal essential information—and how to determine what information is essential in the first place! Finally, we'll spend some time coming up with our own detailed outlines, which will help us work our novels into a manageable form, going forward.

A student of this course can expect to walk away with a sense of the archetypal story tropes she’s working with; a concrete, detailed, workable outline of her novel; and a clarified, bird’s-eye view of her story.

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1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult

So you're writing a novel. Maybe you've been working on it for a while, or even have hundreds of pages of material—but as any good writer knows, many pages do not, necessarily, a completed novel make. If your story feels unmanageable, you're at the perfect stage to step back, take a bird's-eye view of it, and reevaluate. This one-day novel-structuring intensive is for anyone who has a pretty good sense of—at least—their novel’s beginning, rising action, and climactic moments. (You needn’t have a clear idea of your ending. This class can help with that!)

We'll start by reviewing existing structural forms—e.g. the hero's journey, the love story (both comic and tragic), the bildungsroman. We'll talk about your work, figure out what archetypal narrative tropes you're working with, and use them to help build a strong foundation for your project. We'll discuss chronology: when and how to reveal essential information—and how to determine what information is essential in the first place! Finally, we'll spend some time coming up with our own detailed outlines, which will help us work our novels into a manageable form, going forward.

A student of this course can expect to walk away with a sense of the archetypal story tropes she’s working with; a concrete, detailed, workable outline of her novel; and a clarified, bird’s-eye view of her story.

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6-week Writing Sprints: A Generative Class with Sackett Street Writers Workshops (Thursdays)
Feb
7
to Mar 14

6-week Writing Sprints: A Generative Class with Sackett Street Writers Workshops (Thursdays)

Writing Sprints is an exercise-intensive course designed to “unstick” writers struggling to start or continue new projects, boosting writing productivity.  The course relies heavily on in-class writing exercises, as well as weekly writing share-outs.  Students will be expected to read out loud; participate in in-class writing exercises; and produce approximately 5-8 pages of new writing EACH week for group feedback.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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6-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Feb
5
to Mar 12

6-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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6-week Master Fiction Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Nov
13
to Dec 18

6-week Master Fiction Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

Writers participating in this course will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Mondays)
Oct
8
to Nov 26

8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Mondays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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From Form and Function to Microfiction: An 8-Week Micro Craft Intensive @24 Pearl Street, The Fine Arts Work Center, Providence
Oct
8
to Nov 30

From Form and Function to Microfiction: An 8-Week Micro Craft Intensive @24 Pearl Street, The Fine Arts Work Center, Providence

Flash fiction is a sexy, versatile form. It can lead the reader somewhere unexpected and leave her there to ponder the unknown. It can crack open a moment to reveal the magnificent eternal. From a writer’s point of view, flash fiction provides an opportunity to distill the elements of craft and focus on them as if under a microscope, without the distractions of a longer, more complicated story or novel.

In this class we will read and discuss several published short-shorts, flash fictions, and/or microfictions, each week. Each of the first five weeks will be dedicated to a specific element of craft—structure, setting, character, dialogue, and endings—and students will write their own short-short stories weekly in response to each lesson. The final class will function as a rapid-fire writing workshop, wherein we will critique and celebrate one another’s work. Revised short-shorts will be collected after the class, and “published” in a mini-chapbook manuscript collection of work by each student.

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8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)
Sep
13
to Nov 1

8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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8-week Advanced Fiction with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Jun
5
to Jul 24

8-week Advanced Fiction with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. 

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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8-week Fiction Writing III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)
Apr
5
to May 24

8-week Fiction Writing III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. 

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8-week Fiction Writing I/II with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Mar
27
to May 15

8-week Fiction Writing I/II with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing.

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8-week “What Do I Have To Say?” Generative Online Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshops
Mar
12
to Apr 30

8-week “What Do I Have To Say?” Generative Online Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshops

In creative writing workshops, we study structure and craft–but how do we learn to fill our structures with compelling substance; how do we learn to apply our craft to subject matters that matter, to the stories that are ours? In this class, we’ll explore these questions with an eye toward discovering our own obsessions and finding those stories only we can tell.

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8-week Fiction I/II Writing with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop
Jan
9
to Feb 27

8-week Fiction I/II Writing with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing. 

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Fiction II/III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop
Jun
8
to Jul 27

Fiction II/III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Writers participating in this course will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have writing and workshopping experience.

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Class: School of Making Thinking
Feb
15
to Apr 5

Class: School of Making Thinking

George Saunders has said, “Bad dialogue is when A asks a question and B answers it.” Dialogue should be two people “firing missiles past each other.” And well-written dialogue is “like poetry—it’s not functional, but it looks good on the page and has a zinginess." Even our greatest writers have a complicated relationship with dialogue. For years Zadie Smith didn't write dialogue at all, because Nabokov was against it.

In this course, we analyzed the power dynamics, performance, communication, confession, (dis)functionality, and "zinginess" of organic and constructed dialogue from vastly different sources—from Beckett to Gchat to the subway. We'll eavesdrop on ourselves, our friends, and strangers, and read between the lines in our own conversations. We'll comb through the archives at StoryCorps, and take a trip to see some improv comedy. And we'll practice the craft of writing great dialogue, from "said-bookisms" to dialogue tags, direct address, and beyond.

Check out a course archive for The School of Making thinking here.

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