8 Sessions via Zoom
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Once a week Saturdays, 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT February 27 to April 17, 2021
This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at email@example.com.
In our eight weeks together, we will explore the art and craft of fiction writing, sharing our work and responding to the work of others with care. We will consider ten basic ideas for writing fiction and closely consider examples from diverse writers who make use of those techniques in effective ways. Each class will include short exercises to encourage new writing and tools for expression, always with opportunities for students to share when comfortable. We’ll also explore what it means to be a part of a literary community that nurtures you and your work and ways to embrace writing practices that feel right for you. By the end of our course, students will leave with written feedback on two short pieces, ten starting places for new work, and a deeper understanding of who they are as writers.
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.
Diane Zinna is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and taught creative writing for ten years. She was formerly the executive co-director at AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which hosts the largest literary conference in North America each year. In 2014, Diane created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. Her debut novel, The All-Night Sun, was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Diane lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.
By Diane Zinna
The All-Night Sun
By Diane Zinna
Published by Random House
Lauren Cress teaches writing at a small college outside of Washington, DC. In the classroom, she is poised, smart, and kind, well liked by her students and colleagues. But in her personal life, Lauren is troubled and isolated, still grappling with the sudden death of her parents ten years earlier. She seems to exist at a remove from everyone around her until a new student joins her class: charming, magnetic Siri, who appears to be everything Lauren wishes she could be. They fall headlong into an all-consuming friendship that makes Lauren feel as though she is reclaiming her lost adolescence.
When Siri invites her on a trip home to Sweden for the summer, Lauren impulsively accepts, intrigued by how Siri describes it: green, fresh, and new, everything just thawing out. But once there, Lauren finds herself drawn to Siri’s enigmatic, brooding brother, Magnus. Siri is resentful, and Lauren starts to see a new side of her friend: selfish, reckless, self-destructive, even cruel. On their last night together, Lauren accompanies Siri and her friends on a seaside camping trip to celebrate Midsommar’s Eve, a night when no one sleeps, boundaries blur, and under the light of the unsetting sun, things take a dark turn.
Ultimately, Lauren must acknowledge the truth of what happened with Siri and come to terms with her own tragic past in this gorgeously written, deeply felt debut about the transformative relationships that often come to us when things feel darkest.
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