Go There: Fierce Writing from Exactly Where You Are

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Go There: Fierce Writing from Exactly Where You Are


If you want a great procrastination tool, insist to yourself that you’ll write when you find the perfect place to write about. Well, guess what? You’ve got plenty to work with in the places you’ve already been. 

In this class, we’ll learn how to capture in writing the places and the people we know intimately in order to create the specificity that all readers desire. We’ll reexamine familiar places for new inspiration, look for the totems they offer us to work with, and inhabit the characters of these settings by writing from their points of view. For outside inspiration, we’ll read authors who have mastered the art of place. It’s time to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and start writing with purpose and urgency, right here and right now.
This workshop is designed for all levels, fiction or nonfiction. Whether you’re working on a story about that summer you spent in Poughkeepsie or just wanting to explore in writing the place you love down by the Raccoon River, we’ve got a seat for you. Before the class, spend a little time in or thinking about an ordinary place you return to in your mind again and again (your childhood home, your college dorm, the backseat of that one guy’s Fiero, a field during detasseling season). This place should be vivid to you—good or bad—and ripe for harvesting color, texture, objects, flavor, and scent. Feel free to snap some pics on your smartphone to bring to class to give you even more material to work with. 

When: Friday, December 1st, 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Sunday, December 3rd, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where: TBD Des Moines

Cost: $265 ($235 early bird pricing through September 1st)

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