Writing For Audience 4-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Tuesday, March 14th, 2023
Begins Tuesday, March 14th, 2023
Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays, 8:00PM EST - 9:15PM EST.
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Week One: Defamiliarization, or the Unexpected Detail
This technique is commonly used in horror films but is also a staple of comedy, drama, and cartoons. Learn how to pack your scenes, images, and characters with as much punch as a New Yorker cover illustration.
Week Two: Urgency
What is at stake? Why should I care? Editors pass on top-heavy submissions with backstories or that lack a clear purpose. Learn how to hook your reader with lower-order and higher-order goals and how to build tension throughout a narrative.
Week Three: Nuance
Willa Cather describes this technique as "the thing not named" that we feel upon the page. Learn how to evoke meaning without explaining it, particularly in your endings.
Week Four: Concision
A sentence cluttered with adjectives and adverbs is like a picture frame with fingerprints all over the glass. Learn how to keep your reader in the narrative dream by shifting description from modifiers to nouns and verbs.
Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from our private class page.
- Create more memorable scenes, images, and characters
- Add poignancy and lyricism to your work
- Engage a reader's curiosity and sympathy
- Avoid interrupting the reader's waking dream
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
Instructor: Joshua Doležal
Class Starts March 14, 2023
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays from 8:00PM EST - 9:15PM EST.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.
Instructor Joshua Doležal is the author of a memoir, Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging (University of Iowa Press), which was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. His work has appeared in more than twenty journals, including Missouri Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Fourth Genre. Josh also co-hosts the podcast Mid-Americana: Stories from a Changing Midwest, a project supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.