and Time to Grow Your Skills at the CCWC’s
Virtual Pathways to Publication Seminars
Saturday April 10
How to turn memories into a good story
When you review your life through the lens of memory, a variety of incidents pop in and out of view. This workshop walks you through a simple system that helps you translate those bits and pieces into an interesting shape. And by sharing them (even on zoom!) you transform the lonely art of writing into a warm, supportive community activity. Includes writing exercises. Beginners to advanced writers welcome. Whether you’ve ever thought “I should write that,” or have been writing your memoir for several years and need some input, this workshop is for you!
Jerry Waxler teaches memoir classes, leads groups, and coaches individuals. In addition to his own memoir about growing up in the sixties, he wrote Memoir Revolution: A Social Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect, and Inspire, as well as How to Become a Heroic Writer. He teaches at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem PA and has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Villanova University.
Secrets of Flash Fiction
Flash fiction has all the elements of longer fiction, but the goal is to distill these down to a single dramatic moment. While flashes are often self-contained (see The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, or any Thomas & Shapard anthology), they may also exist in relation to others (consider the “flashes” of brilliance in Moby-Dick, or the multi-voiced soliloquies in As I Lay Dying). Flash fiction’s emphasis on distillation and compression impels writers to craft sharper sentences and to appreciate the economy of every chosen word—whether their flashes ultimately stand alone or become building blocks of longer works. In this workshop we’ll read and discuss exemplary stand alone flashes, then turn our attention to writing our own.
Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novels Desire: A Haunting and We Take Me Apart, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Osterweil. She is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing & Literature MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton
**CCWC Members: $30.00 per session
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Nonmembers $40.00 per session
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