You Can't Do This Alone: Workshopping the Workshop with Keith Lesmeister

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You Can't Do This Alone: Workshopping the Workshop with Keith Lesmeister

235.00 265.00

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.” Our workshop will help you learn how to get the most out of reading others' work, and being read. Whether in a workshop setting, a meeting with an editor, or in bed with the spouse or partner who has read every draft: How do you know which piece of 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 others' work help you become a better editor of your own? Our workshop is open to fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, and we will operate as a traditional workshop, discussing and critiquing the work you bring in. We will also complete sine in-class exercises and learn everything we can about the essential elements of good story telling: character, conflict, situation, plot, setting, and dialogue. Participants will practice reading their work out loud, as both a way of revision and connecting with audiences, and how they too -- without knowing -- might help in the revision process. Participants will email/send copies of an original short story or 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.


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 ($235 Holiday pricing through December 20th)

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