Fiction | Poetry | Nonfiction | Other Workshops

July 10-14 Fiction with Téa Obreht

July 10-14 Picture This: Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels, Children's Books and Comics, with Jules Feiffer. This is a workshop in visual storytelling for writer-illustrators across multiple genres. Join the Pulitzer-winning and internationally syndicated Village Voice cartoonist whose award-winning children's books include Bark George, I Lost My Bear, and The Man in the Ceiling. Feiffer's next project, a noir satire in graphic novel form due out next year, is called Kill My Mother.

July 17-28 Short Story with Victor LaValle. The short story is an often misunderstood form. Not "practice" for novel writing, but an art all of its own. The effect of a well-crafted story can be devastating, achieving in ten pages what others can't manage in four hundred. How is this done? We'll discuss many of the essential elements of fiction, language, voice, character and, of course, content. We'll also pay close attention to structure. Is this story actually being told in the best way? And we'll ask that most dreaded of questions, "Is this even a story?" Don't worry, if it's not a story yet we'll figure out how it could be.

July 17-28 Fiction with Melissa Bank. Study fiction with the author of A Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing and The Wonder Spot.

July 17-28 The Novel with Meg Wolitzer. This workshop will look closely at the important choices a writer makes when taking on the long form of the novel. Whether dealing with the various potential problems and pleasures of beginnings, middles or ends, we'll focus on why something "works" or doesn't, and we will pay careful attention not only to language, form and content, but also to that essential question that a reader inevitably asks of a novelist:  Why are you telling me this?

July 17-28 Truth Or Dare: YA Fiction & Nonfiction with Patricia McCormick. This workshop will focus on will focus on combining fact and fiction. We will bring the skills of a researcher to the stance of a poet. We will see how facts enhance fiction and how a careful choice of language elevates the telling of a real-life experience. We will also practice interview and research techniques, and ponder the age-old of question of when to stop researching and start writing. McCormick is a two-time National Book Award finalist and won the ALA Best Book of the Year Award.

July 10-14 Poetry with Grace Schulman. Come to this workshop for an in-depth reading of the poems you submit to the conference. We’ll consider what you have achieved, what you hope to achieve, and how you might build on passages in your work in order to ascend to a new level.
July 17-28 Poetry with Billy Collins. Our workshop will focus on the work of its participants with an eye to improving each poem under consideration.  I would like to put special emphasis on how poets can employ a set of maneuvers to guide their poems to surprising ends.  Each of you should bring a dozen copies of a poem for discussion to each of our meetings.

July 17-28 Poetry with Heather McHugh.  Emphasizing close reading of poems for structural (NOT necessarily formal) effects, we'll discuss in detail 2 poems by each of the workshop participants.  Those poems will have been chosen by the workshop leader, from a submission of 4 poems you send to Southampton Workshop organizers (send your best, if you will).  Once received, the poems will be arranged to create patterns of critical linkage in discussion.  The worksheets (on which we'll base our discussions) will be distributed during our first meeting.  Your job?  Submit four poems, be willing to hear your work discussed without your intervention, and be prepared to participate generously ("not untrue and not unkind") in discussion of the work of others.

July 10-14 Nonfiction with Susan Cheever

July 17-28 Memoir with Mary Karr. Study memoir with the best-selling author of The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit: A Memoir. Students must be serious about taking comments and rewriting. They should also be comfortable questioning what is and isn't true about what they remember.

July 17-28 Creative Nonfiction with Matt Klam. Whether they're writing a memoir, first person journalism, a piece of fiction or a graphic autobiography, my favorite authors use personal experience, carefully observed details and facts to make great stories. I'm thinking of writers such as Mary Karr and Alison Bechdel, Jon Krakauer and Ernest Hemingway. In this class we'll focus on creatively made but realistic stuff, essays, personal histories, fiction and memoir, writing every day, reading and discussing a little bit in class, while also talking about your own work in a helpful, constructive manner.

July 17-28 The Memoir with Roger Rosenblatt. A workshop in which students progress toward writing their memoirs by doing a number of exercises designed to deal with the nature of memory, the unearthing of the past, and the understanding of life as art.

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