05/04 Bootcamp for Writers with Rich Farrell
Serious about your writing? Get it in shape!
Tired of being told, “I really liked this character”? Sick to death of, “I loved the imagery”? Useful criticism can be the most effective tool for a writer trying to improve, but often the very thing lacking in workshops and classes. The goal of “Boot Camp” is not to make anyone cry or abandon their dreams, but to show how effective, accurate and useful criticism can be instrumental in taking a piece of writing from the inchoate to the publishable. We will start by learning how to criticize a piece of writing effectively. Then we will apply these techniques to your own writing samples. Participants should bring 10 copies of an existing manuscript, 2-3 pages in length. Class size will be limited to a maximum of 10 students.
Richard Farrell is the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet and a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has worked as a high school teacher, a defense contractor, and as a Navy pilot. He holds an MFA from the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews and book reviews, has appeared in Hunger Mountain, A Year in Ink, upstreet, New Plains Review, Descant (Canada) and Numéro Cinq. He lives in San Diego.
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