You Can't Do It Alone: The Writing Relationship with Keith Lesmeister

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You Can't Do It Alone: The Writing Relationship with Keith Lesmeister


John Cheever's inspiration was his audience: “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.” The idea of the writer as a solitary figure is pervasive, and it's a myth we're here to break down. A writer's relationship with her audience, with the authors she reads, and with other writers in her circle are all essential parts of her identity as a writer and the writing process. 

Whether in a workshop setting, a meeting with an editor, or in bed with the partner who has read every draft: How do you know which advice to take and which to pivot from? How can you become the best critique artist in your circle, and how can learning to critique (and enjoy!) others' work help you become a better editor of your own? Our workshop will focus on developing these relationships. You will learn how to get the most of reading others' work, and being read. Through in-class exercises, we'll also learn how the essential elements of storytelling (character, conflict, situation, plot, setting, and dialogue) all contribute to realistic relationships within your narrative. This immersive class is open to fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, and will operate as a traditional workshop, with discussion and critiquing of the work you bring in. Finally, by practicing reading your work aloud, you will learn to connect with your audience and hear your work from the reader's side--an essential part of the revision process! 

Participants will email copies of an original short story, essay, or nonfiction narrative of 12-18 pages in length no later than one week prior to the workshop. This class welcomes writers at all levels: beginning, intermediate, or advanced! Anyone looking to prioritize relationships in their writing and in their writing process will find their place here! 

When: Friday, March 23, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, March 24, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Sunday, March 25, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where:  Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $265

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