Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm April 2 to April 30, 2020
Here’s what a typical session will look like: It’ll begin with the instructor furnishing a first sentence as a prompt. You’ll have brought a spiral-bound notebook or a legal pad and a pen or pencil, and you’ll write down the prompt sentence and keep going. The only real requirement is to keep the pen moving, and no one is going to read what you write.
After approximately fifteen minutes, writers will share about the process, and may do one or another interactional process centered on the inner game of writing. And then you’ll boot up your laptop and spend the greater portion of the session writing.
And that’s how it works. You won’t be reading (or emailing) your work to your classmates; you won’t be reading their work, and offering praise or its opposite. The point of this workshop is for you to write—not to critique your fellows’ work, not to find out what they think of yours. You’ll be writing with the freedom that comes of not having to show anything to anybody.
And while the instructor is willing to look at your work and giving you feedback, you are not expected to turn in anything. You will teach yourself to write, and learn by doing. A Time and a Place fosters that process by providing just what its name suggests—a time and a place dedicated to your own evolution as a writer.
If you have a novel in progress or a story in mind, this is a good way to work on it, and perhaps make real progress with it. If all you know is that you want to write something, this may get you going.
Writers of all fields and genres are welcome.
Born in Buffalo, Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published over 100 books, and no end of short stories.
He is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of MWA and the Private Eye Writers of America. He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times each, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe and Philip Marlowe awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Diamond Dagger for Life Achievement from the Crime Writers Association (UK). He’s also been honored with the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Ink magazine and the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in the short story. In France, he has been proclaimed a Grand Maitre du Roman Noir and has twice been awarded the Societe 813 trophy. He has been a guest of honor at Bouchercon and at book fairs and mystery festivals in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan. As if that were not enough, he was also presented with the key to the city of Muncie, Indiana. (But as soon as he left, they changed the locks.)
The Center for Fiction is grateful to the Amazon Literary Partnership for its generous support of the Crime Fiction Academy.
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