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Writing for Play: A Bootcamp for the Fun of It


Meets: Weekly, Thursdays 6-8p
Instructor: Michelle Wildgen
Location: East side
Cost: $280
Enrollment: 8 openings

Remember when writing was simply fun? We do too. It’s easy to focus on refining and revising and forget how freeing it can be to experiment and play around. This bootcamp aims to provide a place for writers for work with a wide variety of prompts and ideas designed to push your mind in different directions. You'll get fresh, creative, unexpected prompts designed to inspire your creativity and boost your sense of play and (re)invigorate your writing.

During this 4-week bootcamp, you’ll read published examples and use them as jumping off points to experiment with something new. Maybe you’ll inhabit a character you first met in someone else’s story, or write about your own life in ways you never thought about before. Writers will turn in work every week, so start flexing your creativity muscles.

This workshop is meant for writers of all genres and experience levels. Come ready to read, write, and have fun.

Many writers struggle with the "video camera" approach to scene writing, wherein the characters say their lines and make gestures without implicating a point-of-view in the reader's interpretation of the scene, which can leave the work feeling flat and the reader cold. Other writers struggle with maintaining consistent psychic distance, which can leave a reader frustrated or confused.

A masterfully controlled point of view, on the other hand, can pull the reader deeply into a story from page one, and create the "vivid and continuous" dream that makes the difference between a good piece of writing and a great one.

During this 4-week bootcamp, we'll investigate what makes a powerful point of view and what pitfalls to avoid. We'll read published examples and write scenes with a close eye to choosing and executing the most compelling point of view.

This workshop is meant for writers of all genres and experience levels. Come ready to read, write, support others and be supported.

Earlier Event: March 17
Revise Your Novel or Memoir 2018
Later Event: October 9
Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Workshop