Oct
20
1:30 PM13:30

Future of Fiction Reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival (Madison, WI)

FUTURE OF FICTION

Tia Clark Barrett Swanson Rachel Swearingen Brandon Taylor

10/20/2019 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302 

From Festival website: “Presented in partnership with American Short Fiction, we are thrilled to present this exciting peek into some of the most dazzling and formidable new voices on the literary horizon. American Short Fiction authors Tia Clark, Barrett Swanson, Rachel Swearingen, and Brandon Taylor will read from their work and join editor Adeena Reitberger to discuss what makes a story powerful, innovative, and incisive. American Short Fiction is a triannual print magazine based in Austin, Texas and is the 2019 winner of a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize.”

For more info on the Wisconsin Book Festival and the many other scheduled events, please visit https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org.

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Apr
23
9:30 AM09:30

Craft Talk at Off Campus Writers' Workshop (Winnetka, IL)

Move Me: Strategies for Getting Unstuck and Energizing Your Prose

Do you have a backlog of abandoned stories and essays? Have you revised the life out a piece, trying to make it perfect? In this course, we’ll discuss some less common ways of waking up your prose and unlocking narrative energy. Toward this end, we’ll examine thrilling turns in several stories and essays. Some of the strategies we’ll cover include: finding and fanning hotspots; using transitions as transport; modulating register, diction, and rhythm; and  making space for rough edges and mischief. 

Genre: Fiction and Nonfiction

Optional: Bring a few "unworkable" pages from a work-in-progress. 

Cost: $20 guest / $10 member

For more info on the workshop, please visit https://ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org/event-3497160.

For more info on the OCWW, please visit https://ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org/.

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Aug
16
9:30 AM09:30

Move Me: Strategies for Getting Unstuck and Energizing Your Prose

Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference

Do you have a backlog of abandoned stories and essays? Have you revised the life out a piece, trying to make it perfect? In this course, we’ll discuss some less common ways of waking up your prose and unlocking narrative energy. Toward this end, we’ll examine thrilling turns in several stories and essays. Some of the strategies we’ll cover include: finding and fanning hotspots; using transitions as transport; modulating register, diction, and rhythm; and making space for rough edges and mischief.

Optional: Bring a few “unworkable” pages from a work-in-progress.

Update: My workshop is full. But there are so many other workshops and events with phenomenal writers. Check out the flyer and link below.

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May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Sunday Salon Reading Series, Riverview Tavern

Sunday Salon Chicago Reading Series with Rita Dragonette, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Simon A. Smith, and Rachel Swearingen

And please join us in welcoming Deborah Robertson, founder of Gibson House Press, who will also speak about the indie publishing company.

The Reveler Chicago (formerly The Riverview) is at Roscoe St. and Damen Ave. in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood.

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Feb
28
9:30 AM09:30

The Magic and Mechanics of Imagery

Off Campus Writers’ Workshop

Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka IL

The Magic and Mechanics of Imagery

From Rick Bass’s lyrical descriptions of ice in “The Hermit’s Story” to uncanny fertility dolls in Lesley Nneka Arimah’s “Who Will Greet You at Home,” images, when done well and consciously shaped into a pattern, can make a story unforgettable and mysterious. In this prose session, we’ll explore the mechanics behind the magic, including how to use images to structure your narrative, to transition in time and space, and to modulate setting, pace, and voice. We’ll study the works of several image-driven stories (and poems). We’ll also write our own pieces, attempting to pull something altogether unexpected from our magician’s hats.

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Aug
11
9:30 AM09:30

The Magic and Mechanics of Imagery

The Magic and Mechanics of Imagery
Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference

From Rick Bass’s lyrical descriptions of ice in “The Hermit’s Story” to uncanny fertility dolls in Lesley Nneka Arimah’s “Who Will Greet You at Home,” images, when done well and consciously shaped into a pattern, can make a story unforgettable and mysterious. In this prose session, we’ll explore the mechanics behind the magic, including how to use images to structure your narrative, to transition in time and space, and to modulate setting, pace, and voice. We’ll study the works of several image-driven stories (and poems). We’ll also write our own pieces, attempting to pull something altogether unexpected from our magician’s hats.

All levels welcome. Visit conference web site for registration. (Also available for manuscript consultation.)

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May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Story in a Night Workshop at StoryStudio

Story in a Night Workshop

StoryStudio
4043 N Ravenswood Ave #222, Chicago, IL

In this generative course, you will use a series of prompts to build toward the writing of a single rough draft of a short story.

The evening will begin with some warm-up exercises, and will then build toward longer, successive drafting sessions, with a focus on discovery, mystery, and unexpected combinations of characters and images. The goal of the course is not just to generate new material, but to also generate narrative energy and surprise yourself. You’ll short-circuit your internal editor in order to turn up your imagination.

At the end of the night, you should have several pages of prose to later shape into at least one full story. You will have the opportunity to send this finished story to the instructor for feedback afterward, an offer good up to six months after the date of class.

All levels are welcome.

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