The Writing Week

2021 Writing Week

The (Online) Writing Week with facilitator Caroline Adderson    

 Monday - Friday, July 12 - 16, 2021

Time:  Five days,  9:00 am to 1:00 pm    * workshop now full .... email to be placed on a wait list*
Location:  Online via Zoom
Class Limit:  8
Price of Workshop:  $350

Caroline Adderson

Workshop Description

This workshop - an on-line Zoom version of the annual Writing Week workshop - explores narrative in both fiction and nonfiction for writers at any stage of their development.  The daily schedule below assumes 8 participants.  The length of time spent on each activity will be modified in the case of fewer participants.

9:00 - 10:00:  Techniques warm-up -- a lecture and exercises on an aspect of narrative writing relevant to the submissions to be discussed that day.  (Participants may opt to request a particular topic.)

10:00 - 11:00:  Group discussion of submission #1

11:00 - 12:00:  Group discussion of submission #2

12:00 - 12:30:  Private follow-up conversation with instructor for writer #1

12:30 - 1:00:  Private follow-up conversation with instructor for writer #2

Participants will re-write their submission based on the feedback received during the workshop.  Friday's class will include a group reading of the rewrite.

Please submit a complete narrative or excerpt (maximum length -- 5000 words) to be read and discussed with your workshop peers.  If you have a particular concern with your writing, please include a short note for the instructor; this won't be shared with the group.  (e.g. I'd like to improve the dialogue in my story.  Or: I don't understand the motivation of my main character.)

All narrative genres are welcome:  novel excerpts, short stories, narrative non-fiction and writing for children.  For excerpts, please include a brief synopsis of the entire work.

Some Possible Topics:

  • Beginnings
  • Developing a prose style
  • Creating believable characters
  • Crafting realistic dialogue
  • The four types of prose used in narrative writing
  • Structure and pacing
  • Plotting
  • Successful scenes
  • Point of view
  • Using symbols effectively
  • Allusion
  • Transitions
  • Endings -- effective and ineffective
  • Psychological aspects of writing (blocks, resistance, developing a practice)
  • Self-editing
  • Getting published

Registration open May 1st 2021.

Once you have successfully registered in the Workshop, please send the work you wish to have discussed to the Festival workshop organizer (Gail Dugas - no later than June 27th.   This will be passed on to the instructor.  You will receive copies of the other workshop participants' work and you are expected to have read these prior to the Workshop.
Cancellation policy:  We regret we cannot reimburse registration fees beyond June 15th.