JHU MA Writing Workshops | FREE
JHU MA in Writing Program: Student Teaching Demonstration Workshops. A big thank you to Mark Farrington, JHU MA Fiction Coordinator and Advisor, David Everett, JHU MA Senior Associate Program Chair, and the program et al., for offering this FREE workshop afternoon, an opportunity for “Teaching Writing” students to work with other writers, students, alumni and their crafts. Workshop information below.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST at 10, all workshops run concurrently from 10:30 to 12:30. Workshops are FREE of charge and open to JHU students and alums. Other attendees, please contact individual instructors for availability.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Madhatter is just around the corner, walking distance, from the JHU DC campus.
WRITING PROSETRY: Introducing the Craft of Microfiction
Instructors: Rae Bryant and Carrie Stickel
A two-hour workshop for anyone from any concentration who wishes to learn about and practice writing prosetry.
“Writing Prosetry” will familiarize writers of all concentrations with the craft of microfiction—five-hundred to one thousand word stories. Workshop participants will read and discuss effective works of microfiction, discuss artistic goals of microfiction, and explore how scene arcing and tight language can enhance microfiction as well as longer creative works. Participants will create microfiction and study print and online microfiction markets that are welcoming to both vetted and newer writers. “Writing Prosetry” is open to all writers in all concentrations, and will encourage participants to use their specific genre and content area knowledge to write effective and gripping microfiction.
WRITING WITH FOOD, ETHNICITY, AND CULTURE
Instructors Gina Vivinetto and Kimberly Shorter
Two Workshops, one on food in writing and a second workshop in enriching fiction and nonfiction stories from ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
In writing, food can be a cultural signifier, a telling bit of characterization, a powerful metaphor, and more. This introductory workshop encourages writers of all concentrations to consider using food to tell their stories with more depth and richness. Workshop participants will read and discuss examples of food in literature from Charles Dickens to Toni Morrison, and will create and share their own writing using food as a writing tool.
Stories from ethnic or cultural backgrounds can be enriched with vivid and memorable passages about customs, sights, sounds, scents, and textures. Participants will use their senses to produce descriptive writing that allows readers to see, hear, touch, smell and taste the elements of the world that has been created.
PUTTING ON LAYERS: A Workshop on Remembering, Expanding, and Revising Self on Paper
Instructor: Brandi Dawn Henderson
A two-hour workshop “designed with a nonfiction slant” but with something to offer everyone.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to create rich, robust, immensely interesting characters, as a result of emotional layering. We’ll begin by opening our eyes to the different layers of descriptive possibility available in everyday happenings. We’ll learn how to back out of situations we are close to and look at them from the top, right, left, and underneath. We will walk up so close that our noses are touching them and see what things look like from there. We’ll take note of the taken for granted, record our discoveries, and identify the dominant emotion present within each moment. Then, we’ll begin to layer by identifying other (possibly contradictory) emotions that may have been present within these same moments, in an effort to achieve a greater level of emotional authenticity for our characters. This workshop is designed with a bit of a nonfiction slant, but has something to teach anyone who wishes to attend.