The Little Writer Who Could: Chugging Our Way to Completion
This workshop is designed for writers who wish to work on a long-term, goal driven single work in a concentrated way.
Unlike traditional writing workshops that are based on prompts, it requires a committed attempt to move prose writing closer to completion. The work might be a memoir, a short story or two, a novel, or other piece of work that focuses on drafting, revising, and being open to in-depth critical comments and relevant feedback.
The workshop will meet every other week for two hours over six sessions and will have a limited enrollment. Participants will share their writing with the group via email to enable well thought out feedback when we meet and share work. (No written feedback is required.) All participants will commit to reading what is sent during the two weeks between classes and be prepared to offer substantive feedback. A page limit will ensure that there is a reasonable amount of work to be shared in any two-week period and the group will decide whose work is shared in rotation so that reading is manageable.
Come prepared to “think [you] can” and to chug along toward a completed work in an environment of support and growth as a writer!
Class will meet on Thursdays, September 9, 23, October 7, 21, November 4, 18.
Elayne Clift, a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist, a writing workshop leader, and a lecturer. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, she has written for various magazines and periodicals. Her first novel, Hester’s Daughters, a contemporary, feminist retelling of The Scarlet Letter, appeared in 2012 and her award-winning short story collection, Children of the Chalet, was published by Braughler Books (2015). Her latest book is Around the World in 50 Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad (Braughler Books, 2019).