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Weekend Sessions

June 10-12, 2022

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Flash Fiction
The Power of Compression

If you write poetry or fiction, or even if you’re not sure what you want to write, this class is for you. If you’re looking to restart writing habits, find new ones, or dip your toe in the writing world, try flash fiction. In this workshop, we will read, write, and discuss short-short fiction. We’ll look at what’s been published and what is being published. We’ll create a supportive environment to give you feedback on your writing. And, of course, we’ll write.

Advanced Submissions Requested (1000 words or less) by June 1, 2022.

Trish RodriguezInstructor: Trish Rodriquez

Trish Rodriguez is a writer and editor who is currently the Fiction Editor of Philadelphia Stories. She is also a senior prose editor at Typehouse. Her work has been published in Awakenings and Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. She reads and writes in Media, PA.


The Creative Notebook: How to Get Unstuck, Break Through Blocks, and Take Your Writing to the Next Level (A Multi-Genre Workshop)

The writer and artist Melissa Sweet advises writers: “Go out and play!” How do we reclaim that sense of play and fun in our work? How do we push past dull spots in our writing to access new ideas and make our work feel alive? This class will show how a fresh, blank notebook can serve as a life-changing creative space: a place that can generate ideas for fiction, memoir, essays, poetry, and articles; a place where you can resuscitate old projects that are languishing; and a place where you can chart your writing career. Weather permitting, the class will take place partly outdoors; we’ll discuss how writing in nature can inspire ideas and help us go more deeply into our work. The class will also include advice on submitting our work for publication, and will include a virtual visit from a literary magazine editor to talk about the publishing process.

No Advanced Submissions Requested.

Margo RabbInstructor: Margo Rabb

Margo Rabb’s essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, Poets & Writers, and Marie Claire, and have been broadcast on NPR. She is the author of the novels Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize, Kissing in America, and Cures for Heartbreak, all published by HarperCollins; all have been named to multiple best-of-the-year lists. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in the Philadelphia area with her family and a menagerie of animals. Visit her online at

Tempting Readers to Turn Pages: Creating Compelling Characters in MG & YA Fiction 

When writing for children and teens, we strive to create memorable characters in compelling situations that will encourage our readers to keep turning pages. During our time together, we will explore ways to create unforgettable characters in interesting situations. We’ll consider characters from existing MG & YA fiction, and we will craft new scenes and revise existing scenes in our own fiction.

Advanced Submissions Requested: Minimum 2500 words (10 double-spaced pages). Maximum 5000 words (20 double-spaced pages) by May 27, 2022.

Laura ShoonInstructor: Laura Sibson

After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laura currently teaches creative writing at Arcadia University and has taught at the Highlights Foundation. When she’s not writing or teaching writing, you can find her exploring her neighborhood streets or hiking with her dog in Fairmount Park; she lives in Chestnut Hill with her family. She is the author of two young adult novels from Viking, The Art of Breaking Things and Edie In Between.

Honing Poetic Voice

In this workshop, we will explore the idea of poetic voices–plural, because it won't just be yours. Not only will we analyze and develop the voice of the primary speaker of the poem, but also voices through personae, historical voices, cultural voices, and even voices through the lens of pop culture. We'll read and discuss examples, workshop the poems you submitted ahead of time, and then put the techniques we study into practice by writing new poems. We will also be analyzing techniques gleaned from fiction and plays to incorporate dialogue into poems.

Advanced Submissions Requested (3 poems) by June 1, 2022.

Chad FrameInstructor: Chad Frame

Chad Frame is the author of Little Black Book (Finishing Line Press, 2022). His work appears in Rattle, Pedestal, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere, including on iTunes from the Library of Congress. He is the Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program and a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the Poetry Editor of Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing, a founding member of the No River Twice poetry and improvisation performance troupe, a Poet in Residence at the Eclipse Center for Creative Community, and the Founder and Director of the Caesura Poetry Festival and Retreat.