June 13-16, 2013
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend WA
Join Meg Files and Sheila Bender for a creative nonfiction weekend intensive crafted to create new work and rethink, revise, and re-energize existing work.
Designed for beginning, emerging, and established writers, the workshop will help you take your work to the next level. Files, who was the James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University, and Bender, the publisher of the popular online magazine Writing It Real, have team taught for many years and will offer interactive craft lectures, in-class writing sessions, small-group manuscript workshops, and individual consultations.
Send work ahead for feedback in manuscript workshops and one-on-one sessions—and develop new writing, too.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
- 5:45-6:30 pm Welcome gathering
- 6:30-7:30 pm Introductions
- 7:30-8:30 pm New creative nonfiction writing
Friday, June 14, 2013
- 9-10:15 am “Where’s the Flash? Exploring the Craft of Short-shorts and Prose Poetry for Strengthening Creative Nonfiction” Sheila Bender
- 10:30 am-12 noon “It’s All About You, You, You: Writing a Second-person Essay” Meg Files
- 1-3 pm Concurrent manuscript workshops
- 3-6 pm Writing time and individual consultations
- 7:30-9 pm Faculty readings (open to the public)
Saturday, June 15, 2013
- 9-10:15 am “Saying the Unsayable: Deepening Writing” Meg Files
- 10:30 am-12 noon “Point and Shoot: Practicing the Art of Sudden Nonfiction” Sheila Bender
- 1-2:30 pm Concurrent manuscript workshops
- 3-5 pm Concurrent workshops: New creative nonfiction writing
- 7-9 pm Participant reading
Sunday, June 16, 2013
- 9-10 am Farewell session
- 11 am Departure for those staying in Fort housing
Meg Files is the author of the novel Meridian 144, Home Is the Hunter and Other Stories, Write from Life: Turning Your Personal Experiences Into Compelling Stories, The Love Hunter and Other Poems, Galapagos Triptych: Three Ways of Seeing the Galapagos Islands, and the novel The Third Law of Motion. She edited Lasting: Poems on Aging and teaches creative writing and directs the Pima Writers’ Workshop in Tucson. Register.
Sheila Bender‘s newest works are A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, a memoir about the months after her son’s sudden death, and Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, a collection of poetry. Her latest instructional books for writers are Creative Writing DeMystified and Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay. She teaches around the country at centers and programs for the literary arts. Register.