Out of stock
Once a week Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm September 5 to October 10, 2019
What does a writer need to tell a compelling story? Imagination, empathy, and the courage to leap into the unknown. These same qualities are essential to the art of improvisation, and developing these active storytelling skills will strengthen your writing.
In a positive environment that fosters teamwork and trust, you’ll participate in on-your-feet improvisational exercises, creative brainstorming, and literary craft talk. Together, we’ll build emotionally grounded characters, clear points-of-view, dynamic relationships, and vivid descriptions of places, objects, and more. We’ll create authentic dialogue based on active listening, explore the role of subtext, and practice raising the stakes to heighten a narrative arc. Optional homework assignments will reinforce the techniques we explore in class.
Encouraging writers to explore storytelling in a fresh, spontaneous way, this workshop will benefit each participant’s current and future writing projects.
All levels welcome!
Judy Sternlight was an editor at Random House, Ballantine, and Modern Library. She’s the founder of Judy Sternlight Literary Services and co-founder of 5E, the independent editors’ group. Judy has edited acclaimed writers including Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Mamta Chaudhry, Gwen Florio, Lisa Ko, Peter Matthiessen, Daniel Menaker, and Melodie Winawer. Prior to her publishing career, she performed and taught improvisational theater with Some Assembly Required in NYC. In addition to teaching Active Storytelling at the Center for Fiction, Judy has presented various forms of “The Art of Revision” and “The Business of Publishing” at The Miami Writers Institute, Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Grub Street, AWP, Pen + Brush, Paragraph, Slice Literary Conference, and the Historical Novel Society.
Sold Out — Recent Irish Literature: The Nightmare and Dream of History$150
Once a month Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm January 30 to May 28, 2020
Reading Group: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666$150
Every Three Weeks Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 12 to May 6, 2020
Members Only: The LiterariansFree
Wednesday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm February 19, 2020
Proust I with Damion Searls – Spring Term$250
Once a month Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 20 to June 25, 2020
Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South$140
Once a month Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 25 to May 26, 2020
All That You Touch: An Octavia E. Butler Reading Group$150
Once a Month Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 25 to June 23, 2020
Sold Out — Graham Greene: Belief and Doubt$160
Once a month Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 26 to June 24, 2020
Dystopian Fiction, Past and Present$140
Once a month Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm March 10 to June 2, 2020
Sold Out — The Bostonians: A Henry James Reading Group$140
Once a week Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm April 7 to April 28, 2020