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“Good writing grabs our attention, compels us to keep reading, and transports us to other worlds and other lives,” says instructor Heather June Gibbons. “How can words alone make us feel so intensely, make us care so much about what happens next? When a character seems real to us, when we can smell the smoke from the fire, feel the softness of the baby’s cheek, when we are moved to tears, or to laughter, it can seem like magic.”
Whether you're feeling stuck or just getting started, this one-day intensive will introduce you to strategies that will invigorate your writing practice and enhance your skills. Heather says, "we will cover three essential areas of the craft of writing—imagery, energy, and pattern—focusing on practical strategies and techniques (we might even call them tricks!) to bring our stories, reflections, and worlds to life. Our time together will include interactive activities, inspiring short readings, lively discussions, and in-class writing exercises."
In this one-day intensive, you will gain a practical understanding of core writing techniques, generate fresh creative material, and take home resources designed to help you practice these strategies on your own.
Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her poems appear widely in literary journals. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Callen Graduate Scholar, and she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An award-winning instructor who has taught at a number of universities, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in the community.
- Saturday, July 28, 10:00am-4:00pm