Many of us have a story about ourselves– our homes, our families–that we’re burning to explore; those “moments big as years” Keats wrote of that we often return to, compelled to share. In this class, writers will work on long-form projects exploring their experiences, whether sculpting the first draft of a memoir, digging into a revision, or developing a linked collection of personal essays. Topics will include developing- and maintaining- a writing practice, striking the balance of scene and summary, and developing a vivid and authentic voice.
This mixed levels workshop for short story writers and novelists offers a supportive, enthusiastic community for exchanging stories and ideas. Together, we’ll explore the craft of fiction, read great writing, and support each other in a workshop centered on constructive critique. We will explore techniques such as narrative voice, place, character development, and plot. Each writer will have two opportunities to workshop up to 25 pages and receive typed commentary from the instructor and peers. No prior experience in fiction is required, but courage is highly recommended.
A great story can really pass the time–for the reader, and for its characters. Artful pacing can stretch an hour into an entire chapter or jump from one year to the next in the span of a single paragraph. When it’s successful, we barely notice that we’ve been fast-forwarded or sent back in time. When it’s not, we feel jarred–and cheated. If you’re a new or practicing fiction writer who’d like to embark on an intensive study of the narrative time machine, this clinic-style workshop will help you hustle when you need to and hold the important notes when you want to. We’ll use short stories and novel excerpts to inform our craft. No text is required; all readings will be provided by the instructor.
In this 8-week course for screenwriting novices, the student will receive a comprehensive overview of the basics of screenwriting, and will leave the class with the skills needed to confidently begin the process of outlining and writing an original screenplay. Primarily lecture-based, each week we will cover/review topics that the student will have read about in the assigned readings.
This 8-week course will take students beyond the fundamentals of screenwriting to examine complex and archetypal characters, character arcs, building tension through your acts, and the four throughlines essential to every successful screenplay. In addition, we will delve deeper into three act structure and the techniques needed to strengthen your story.
Have you always dreamed of making comics? This 8-week course will address the fundamentals of writing for comics, covering aspects unique to the medium such as the importance of page turns, the advantages and pitfalls of captions, working with an artist, and more. We will also cover the increasing number of options for publishing your story and resources for finding the right team to bring your story to life.
Apply for Writing Workshops Paris by March 15th and study in the heart of literary Paris with award-winning New York Timescolumnist DIANA SPECHLER (GQ, Harper’s, Esquire, Tin House, Paris Review) and 2018 National Book Award finalist BRANDON HOBSON. Learn more at the Writing Workshops Paris website.
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Executive Director, Writing Workshops Detroit