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Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Inspiration and Crafting the Poem, with Evie Shockley
This workshop will encourage poets to identify and capitalize on their strengths, but also to step outside of their comfort zones and experiment with techniques and topics that are less familiar to them. I stress mutual respect and openness to critique in the workshop setting. We will read poems by each other and by more widely published poets with an eye to "stealing" inspiration (approaches, devices, structures, subjects) from their work. It is through reading poetry and trying new things that we grow as poets; my goal is to offer participants' poetic roots some new soil and fresh water.

FICTION WORKSHOP: Strategies and Winning Game Plans, with Bill Henderson
Writing isn't about slam dunks and home runs! Yet there are game-like principles that, when observed and followed, can help writers achieve more successful outcomes for their work. Fiction succeeds by capturing genuine interest, and guarding it carefully, on the way to a designated goal -- ultimate execution of the story's intended effect. In this workshop, beginning and experienced writers will read and critique each other's work with particular attention to character, story or chapter structure, and style, the three key elements of a winning game plan. We'll also pay attention to some classic strategies for taking any story "all the way" -- that is, from raw first blush all the way to the "red zone." This will be a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to write when needed-and turn your new insights into great story material. (P.S. Sports savvy not required!)

CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP: True Stories, with Sebastian Matthews
This class is designed for both beginning and advanced writers. In it, we will work with a variety of creative nonfiction forms, including personal essay and memoir. We will read and discuss published creative nonfiction, workshop each other's work and explore revision strategies. We will address issues of craft in new pieces and works in progress.

CREATIVE WRITING: From Revery to Revelation -- Freeing the Voices Within, with Carol Henderson
Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, this workshop is appropriate for all skill levels -- from the professional, looking to discover new creative sparks, to the beginner, eager to delve into the challenges of writing for the first time. Come prepared to write a lot. You�ll be surprised by the fresh and authentic stories you discover within yourself, and delighted with the creative synergy of the group. Since all our writing will be first draft, we�ll maintain that synergy by focusing on what works, what we remember, and what moves us. At the end of the week, some of us may have a few polished pieces to show -- but all of us will take home a trove of inspired new raw material.

 
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