09/22 Reading Like a Writer with Rich Farrell
The single, greatest asset for a writer is literature. Better than mentors, editors, and advanced degrees, reading provides the writer a path to follow, a way to be constantly learning and growing through books. Literature is a veritable toolbox of technique for writers, but the writer must first understand what to look for and how to find it. Too often, we read in ways that are not useful when we sit down to write. In this seminar, we will learn how to read differently! Through a series of guided exercises and writing prompts, we will explore a craft-centered approach to reading that will yield immediate and lasting results at the writing desk. By examining stories on both a macro level (point of view, plot, novel thought, time progression and theme) and a micro level (image repletion, syntax, crowd control, verb choices, and dialogue), the writer will emerge with specific and tangible benefits. This new approach to reading will inform, support and nurture the creative process.
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.