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04/13 Writing from the Inside Out with Gina Frangello and Rob Roberge

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Time: 2pm to 5pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: The Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 16, Suite 202 San Diego, CA 92106

Visiting instructors offer insightful, “internal” approach to writing!

This workshop will focus on helping writers break down certain polite formalities or reserved distances that are often thought to characterize “literary” fiction/memoir, and the generalities/cliches that may prevent work from reaching its full potential.  We will look closely at examples of approaching characters internally rather than in an “outside” observatory/explanatory way, which will include writing with more sensory detail about the body (be it sex, illness, addiction, etc.) and more nuanced depictions of emotions that can render universal human experiences (i.e. “she felt sad”) into the kind of layered, individual, and deeply intricate character development that makes a writer’s work fresher and more memorable.  Will include in-workshop exercises.

Please join Gina and Rob after the workshop for their reading from 6-7pm at the Ink Spot. Gina Frangello will read from her book A LIFE IN MEN (Algonquin) and Rob Roberge will read from THE COST OF LIVING.  Also, Bonnie ZoBell will read from her book WHAT HAPPENED HERE (Press 53).

ginaGina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006).  She is the Sunday editor for The Rumpus and the fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown, and is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert’s low residency MFA program in Creative Writing.  The longtime Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine and Other Voices Books, she now runs Other Voices Queretaro (, an international writing program. She can be found at
robRob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction: The Cost of Living (Other Voices Books 2013), Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of My Life (Red Hen 2010), More Than They Could Chew (Harper Perennial 2005) and Drive (Hollyridge 2001). A core faculty member at UCR/Palm Desert’s MFA, his stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He plays guitar and sings with the LA bands The Danbury Shakes and The Urinals.
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