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2017-05/04 Personal Essays with Molly Larson Cook

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The personal essay is nothing like the 5-paragraph kind assigned in your 6th grade writing class. With models like Barbara Kingsolver, E. B. White, Roger Angell, Joan Didion and David Sedaris, we’ll explore the nature, mechanics and pleasures of the personal essay.  Essayists write about everything and anything from cars to domestic life to politics, the full moon, libraries, the circus, gardens, surfing and beyond – serious, funny, sorrowful or reflective.  The...

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2017-05/24 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

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This is a workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method designed to strengthen writers’ voices on the page, to stimulate creativity, encourage new work and support other writers. Writing to prompts, reading our work, providing and receiving positive feedback, we will learn what makes writing strong. Responses and discussion will provide insight into elements of craft including point of view, setting, sensory detail, voice, rhythm and mood. The belief...

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2017-04/29 Poetry with a Twist with Molly Larson Cook

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From early poets to the most contemporary, many of the poems that catch our hearts and minds, that make us smile at the irony or sigh or maybe even gasp are those with some kind of twist.  The poetic twist comes not at the beginning of a poem but at the end.  The strongest poems have them but the craft is in building the twist into the poem from the beginning, not adding it like a bombshell at the end.  This workshop will introduce the work of poets particularly...

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2017-04/26 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

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This is a workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method designed to strengthen writers’ voices on the page, to stimulate creativity, encourage new work and support other writers. Writing to prompts, reading our work, providing and receiving positive feedback, we will learn what makes writing strong. Responses and discussion will provide insight into elements of craft including point of view, setting, sensory detail, voice, rhythm and mood. The belief...

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2017-04/04 Creative Writing with David Coddon

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You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and your fellow writers. At the same time, you’ll learn helpful fundamentals about crafting a story, creating vivid characters and establishing compelling narrative conflict that will open up your possibilities and, guaranteed, make you more excited than ever about telling the stories you want to tell. By course’s end you’ll either have a promising...

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