“THE VOICE IN MICRO-STORIES”
Write short. Write fast. Through prompts that focus on character, dialogue, diction, and metaphorical language, we will write flash fiction and/or nonfiction stories that are complete at 100 words or less. Sharpen your writing skills and your unique writing voice in this workshop on tiny stories—that are now being published in a big way.
Caroline Bock’s debut short story collection, CARRY HER HOME, is the winner of the 2018 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. She is the author of the young adult novels: LIE and BEFORE MY EYES from St. Martin’s Press. Educated at Syracuse University where she studied creative writing with Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff, she then spent two decades as a cable television executive, and notably, was part of the executive team that launched The Independent Film Channel and IFC Films. For her second act, she earned an MFA in Fiction from The City College of New York, and she was honored with the college’s prize for Children’s Literature upon graduation in 2011. Recently, her stories has been published with Bethesda Magazine, Delmarva Review, Little Patuxtent Review, Fiction Southeast, Gargoyle, 100 Word Story, and Vestal Review. In 2016, her story won The Writer Magazine short story competition judged by Colum McCann. In 2018, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County awarded an Artists & Scholars grant to her for her novel-in-progress. Currently, she is a lecturer in the English Department at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. More at www.carolinebockauthor.com or at Twitter @cabockwrites.
“It’s All About Us: Diversity in Speculative Fiction”
Science fiction is not just about men in a lab or robots in space–it’s also about us, all of us, our families and our communities. Developments in science and technology affect people of all genders, races, and nationalities, so we should all have a voice in exploring the changes we’ll face. What lies in your future? How will climate change, genetic manipulation, or artificial intelligence affect you in the decades to come? Join us to start imagining–and writing–the world of the future!
Tara Campbell (www.taracampbell.com) is a Kimbilio Fellow, a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and an MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Jellyfish Review, Booth, and Strange Horizons. Her novel TreeVolution was published in 2016, followed in 2018 by her hybrid fiction/poetry collection Circe’s Bicycle. Her third book, a short story collection called Midnight at the Organporium, will be released by Aqueduct Press in April 2019.
“After the Past Begins: Writing the Memoir and Reaching the Mountain of Amazement”
E. Ethelbert Miller
This workshop will examine the lessons one can learn from Amy Tan’s Where the Past Begins. Participants will also be provided with tips and exercises on how to begin, continue, and complete one’s memoir. Some time will be set aside for reflection, laughter, and fun.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry. He hosts the weekly WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and hosts and produces The Scholars on UDC-TV. Miller was awarded the 2016 AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor and appointed in 2018 as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Miller’s latest book If God Invented Baseball (2018) was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus
“Narrating F. Scott Fitzgerald: Challenges and Opportunities”
C. James Moore
How does an audiobook narrator take on the daunting task of giving voice to the many characters created by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Through careful reading of Fitzgerald’s depictions of his characters and scenes, a narrator can glean important clues about everything from accents to tone of voice. This workshop describes the process by which one Fitzgerald narrator, C. James Moore, dissected and developed the key characters in three of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works—The Beautiful and Damned, This Side of Paradise, and Tales of the Jazz Age.
C. James (Jim) Moore is a former Cabinet-level speechwriter, Congressional press secretary, and military legislative assistant, journalist, photojournalist, and audiobook narrator. He is the grandson of Charles W. Brackett, a Hollywood producer and screenwriter and four-time Academy Award recipient (including for The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard). His grandparents were family friends of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and vacationed with the Fitzgeralds in Antibes, in the south of France, in the 1920s. As an audiobook narrator, he has recorded two Fitzgerald novels—The Beautiful and Damned and This Side of Paradise—and one collection of Fitzgerald short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife of 48 years, Carolyn. They have three children and two grandchildren
“Making Memoir Matter”
One challenge for many new and experienced memoir writers is how to make their own stories resonate beyond the personal. We will explore artful strategies for pulling history, cultural context, and larger meaning into personal remembrances. We will read and discuss some successful excerpted examples, and try our hand at writing mini-memoirs.
Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003, and was formerly a Contributing Writer at The New York Times Magazine and Executive Editor of The New Republic. Her articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic, More, The Atlantic, and Salon, and have been anthologized in collections including The Best of the Best American Science Writing and The Art of the Essay. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and was a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. Her memoir/biography of her father, stage and screen actor Lyle Talbot, and his times, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century (2012), was praised by Elizabeth Gilbert as “wonderful, loving, beautifully researched and touching” and “a gift and a treasure—and a top-notch documentation of Hollywood history, besides.”
“Where Do I Begin?”
Mary Kay Zuravleff
Let’s start at the very beginning, the first line of your narrative. Whether you’re wrapping up a draft or picking up your pen, you’ll benefit from this workshop. After looking at engaging openings and why they work, attendees will draft three distinctly different first lines for the story, novel, or memoir they’re writing—or thinking of starting.
Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive! (2013), which was named a Notable Book by The Washington Post, and two earlier novels, The Bowl Is Already Broken (2005) and The Frequency of Souls (1996). She has won awards from the American Academy of Arts, the James Jones Society, and numerous fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, including one for 2019. After teaching fiction writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, she founded NoveltyDC to coach novelists through their first or final draft (https://noveltydc.com).