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Writing Workshops

On Writing Grief with Diane Zinna


8 Sessions

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Once a week Mondays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT March 28 to May 16, 2022

Online via Zoom

If you can write grief as you truly experienced it, you can write anything. Over the course of this class, participants will have the opportunity to workshop a story of up to twelve pages in a warm and supportive space. We’ll explore entranceways into grief stories and ways to end them meaningfully, even if we haven’t found closure for similar experiences. We’ll also look at how sound and structure can be used to communicate feeling; what constitutes change in a grief story; consider new ideas on sentimentality and reader resistance; and learn ways to care for ourselves as we tell these important stories.

Capacity: 12


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    Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna

    Diane Zinna is the author of The All-Night Sun (Random House, 2020) which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Cabell First Novelist Award. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and was the longtime membership director for AWP, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs. There, she created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. She is also the creator of Grief Writing Sundays, a popular writing class on telling difficult stories that has met every week since the start of the pandemic. Diane is the recipient of an ArtsFairfax Artist Grant, and beginning Fall 2022, she will be the Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and doodle.