|Novel Writing with Kristin Waterfield Duisberg||Which comes first, story or character? How do you get yourself through a complete first draft, when “The End” seems so far away? Whether you’re just starting your book or in the heart of the story, this workshop will help you define the all-important big picture—and give you some tools to bring it to life. Classes will include reading of student submissions and exercises/examples using well-known works.|
Submission word count limit: 7,500
|Short Story with John Henry Fleming||In this class, we’ll workshop short stories, read and analyze the craft of stories in the Best American anthology, and do writing exercises. Please have one story already written and be prepared to write another story during the week of the retreat.|
Submission word count limit: 5,000.
|Writing Young Adult & New Fiction with Catherine Stine||Catherine Stine specializes in young adult (13 to 18) and new adult fiction (18 to 28), both red-hot genres. In workshop-based classes, students receive detailed feedback and guidance on their pieces, new or in-progress. Stine’s expertise is on plot, pacing and characterization, and on designing custom writing exercises that address authors’ specific needs. She also discusses crafting the novel, marketing and what to look for in an agent. |
Submission word count limit: 6,000.
|Tell Your Story (Memoir) with Anne Kaier ||Turn your journaling, memories, and memoir drafts into marketable nonfiction stories. In the workshop we will write new work, share work to get feedback, discuss effective techniques and talk about how memoir is like and unlike fiction. You should leave the week with several drafts of new stories and with tips on how and where to get your work published. |
Submission word count limit: 3,000.
|Poetry with Grant Clauser||Every moment, place and person is a story. And in the core of every poem is a story. Even lyric poems such as odes and elegies have a core story element to them. In this workshop we’ll examine the core concept of story, separate from narrative, in poems, and how the core issues of your poems can help shape the language, form and presentation, and how it contributes to your readers’ relationship with the poem. |