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Robert Stone

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

This workshop is sold out, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email mail@kwls.org for more details.

In this intensive four-day workshop we will work on critiquing and revising your work to bring it to a more complete and polished form. We will read each other’s work in advance, and spend the mornings in critical discussions. It is not unusual for a work to be heavily revised as a result of workshop discussions. There are no limitations as to genre or subject matter.

Workshop Requirements:

This workshop is intended for advanced writers only. A submission of no more than 15 pages is required for consideration. Once your submission is reviewed, we will let you know your status. Please email your submission (word document as attachment) to: mail@kwls.org

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Robert Stone is the acclaimed author of several novels, a memoir entitledPrime Green, and short story collections including, most recently, Fun with Problems. His novels include Dog Soldiers, for which he won the National Book Award in 1975, A Flag for Sunrise, winner of a 1982 PEN/Faulkner award, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls. His 1997 short-story collection,Bear and His Daughter was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and taught at universities including Yale and Harvard. Stone lives with his wife, Janice, in New York City and in Key West, where he serves as an honorary director of the Key West Literary Seminar.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

Dara Wier

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

We’ll have conversations exploring what your writing is doing and what you hope it to be doing. We’ll all talk about how exploring alternative styles can up the ante in anyone’s work and why digging into places one finds closest to one’s poetic spirit can sustain one’s work. Love of poetry and belief that poetry has a good steady necessary place in the wide world will sustain adventure, curiosity, and attention to one another’s work. We’ll look at work you bring, work-in-progress, or new work. Hybrid forms which include poetry and prose are welcome. We hope to dial up everyone’s poetry receptors and make some discoveries along the way. There will be room to talk about how one puts a collection together, especially focusing on the chapbook and pamphlet forms currently enjoying a lively renaissance. I’ll supply us with a compilation of exciting new work by a variety of poetry in a variety of styles, and hope you’ll call to our attention poetry you’ve found essential and compelling.

Workshop Requirements:

Submission of five poems is required for consideration. Send as word attachment to mail@kwls.org

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Dara Wier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recent books include herSelected Poems, from Wave Books, Remnants of Hannah, and Reverse Rapture (awarded the Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives Book Award). Her poems can be found in Pushcart, Best American Poetry, Norton, Soft Skull and various other anthologies, and in American Poetry Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, slope, Turnrow, New American Review, and Volt. A limited edition, (X In Fix), is in Rain Taxi’s Brainstorm series. The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the American Poetry Review have supported her work. She’s a member of the poetry faculty and director of the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-director of the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. About Reverse Rapture, Stephen Rodefer writes “…a paratactic and sometime screened poetic narrative of thought, time, room, face, secrets, address, body, relations, religion, casual philosophy, the domestic, demons and the demotic, language and much else– in a steady unfolding of distanced but under your skin mind-forms.” With Guy Pettit and Emily Pettit, she edits and publishes chapbooks and broadsides for Factory Hollow Press.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

Susan Shreve

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

This workshop is now full, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email mail@kwls.org for more details.

In this four-day workshop on memoir writing, we’ll be considering the relationship between our elusive memories and the fictional devices necessary to create an engaging narrative.What evokes memory– food, smell, sound, etc…? And how do we tell the truth when we can’t remember whether the dress was purple or red or our first love affair ended before or after Christmas? What is the truth we are after? This workshop will involve writing a personal essay, whether as a stand-alone or as a chapter in a book.

Workshop Requirements:

This workshop is now full, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email mail@kwls.org for more details.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Susan Shreve is the author of thirteen novels, most recently A Student of Living Things, and a memoir, Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR’s Polio Haven. She is the founder of the MFA program in creative writing at George Mason University and the co-founder of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Shreve is also the author of 30 books for children, among them the Joshua T. Bates series, numerous essays and short stories, and the co-editor of five anthologies. She has been a visiting professor of creative writing at Princeton, Columbia, Bennington, and George Washington University, and has taught writers’ workshops at Bread Loaf and the Key West Literary Seminar.

Shreve continues to teach at George Mason in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband, Timothy Seldes. Her recently completed novel, Left at Wichita, is forthcoming.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

Porter Shreve

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

The stories we will discuss and write in this four-day workshop do not necessarily have to be food-themed, though food is often a great generator of story. From the mead hall to the wedding banquet to the Thanksgiving table; from the drunken banter in Henry IV, Part II, to the communal feast in A Christmas Carol to the madeleines in Remembrance of Things Past; from Breakfast of Champions to Naked Lunch to Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, food has always been an essential nourisher of narrative. We will have brief readings, some of them food-related, and participants will be asked to turn in a piece of their own writing– a scene, a short-short story, or a monologue– for feedback.

Workshop Requirements:

This workshop with Porter Shreve is intended for beginning and intermediate writers. Prior to the workshop, you will be given a writing prompt and asked to bring a piece of approximately 2500 words to the workshop for revision and expansion.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Porter Shreve has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is now Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. He is the author of three novels, all with Houghton Mifflin:The Obituary Writer was a 2000 New York Times Notable Book and a Borders Original Voices Selection; Drives Like a Dream was a 2005Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a People Great Reads Selection; and When the White House Was Ours was a 2008 Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a Reading Group Choices Featured Selection. He is co-editor of six anthologies, including the Longman anthology The Contemporary American Short Story. Shreve’s book reviews, nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in Witness, Northwest Review, Salon, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. He is currently working on a new novel and a story cycle, both set in Chicago.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

Connie Regan-Blake

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

Can you remember a time when someone close to you shared a story that moved you, made you laugh, changed your mind, or blew open your heart? How powerful and fun it was when an estranged cousin showed up at a family gathering– and she was the very one to save the burnt pot-roast dinner? Or a friend recalled a long ago camping-trip memory that offered some healing in a time of grief? Or a business facilitator told just the right story to illuminate the moment?

This four-day workshop will invite deep listening and telling on many levels. Regan-Blake’s approach is welcoming, powerful, and fun; and her teachings can be useful in the corporate world, with family and friends, or on stage. During the workshop, participants will create an encouraging, playful, and appreciative community, and discover stories through oral exercises, movement activities, and story-partnering.

Workshop Requirements:

Telling stories is as natural and vital as taking a breath! This workshop with Connie Regan-Blake welcomes everyone: writers curious about the oral word, those who want to explore their personal experiences, and those who simply love stories. As you focus your attention, you will be refreshed by a wellspring of stories that enriches your lives– personally, professionally, artistically, and spiritually.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Connie Regan-Blake is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. A founding board member of the National Storytelling Network and a frequent host and featured performer at its National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Regan-Blake has been a catalyzing force in the American storytelling revival.

As a solo artist and a member of the acclaimed Folktellers duo with Barbara Freeman, Regan-Blake has been featured on seven award-winning recordings– including the acclaimed PBS production, Storytelling: Tales for Children & Techniques for Teachers. Her work has been praised by publications including Southern Living, New Age Magazine, and School Library Journal, and she has been a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and CNN. Now in its 15th season, her groundbreaking collaboration with the Kandinsky Trio– an innovative blend of storytelling and chamber music– has been hailed as a “new art form.”

Regan-Blake’s stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. She has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her honors include the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement and Circle of Excellence Awards.

Regan-Blake lives with her husband, two dogs, and a frisky cat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. You can learn more about her at www.storywindow.com

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

Alan Cheuse

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

This workshop is sold out, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email mail@kwls.org for more details.

“Writing Appetites” is a four-day workshop that will focus on the art of creating and constructing narratives about travel and food for the American reader of magazines and newspapers– in print or on the web. Our work may include short fiction, travel essays, restaurant reviews, recipes, and reportage. Each member of the workshop will develop an original piece based on notes or immediate research.

Workshop Requirements:

This workshop with Alan Cheuse is open to writers of all levels, from beginners through professionals.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Alan Cheuse is the author of four novels, most recently the prize-winningTo Catch the Lighting, as well as three collections of short fiction, a pair of novellas, and the nonfiction work Fall Out of Heaven: An Autobiographical Journey. A book commentator for National Public Radio for nearly 30 years, Cheuse is a regular presence on “All Things Considered,” as well as the co-editor, with Nicholas Delbanco, of Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life and Work, and the co-editor, with Lisa Alvarez, of Writers Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New YorkerPloughsharesThe Southern ReviewAnother Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. A Trance After Breakfast, his collected travel essays, came out in the summer of 2009. His latest novel will appear in the spring of 2011.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

Paulette Bates Alden

12/13/2010  by mrkeroppi  Comment on this Post
 

Workshop Focus:

This workshop is sold out, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email mail@kwls.org for more details.

“Writing the Book-Length Literary Memoir” is for writers who have a book-length memoir underway, with at least some chapters or pieces drafted. Memoir, as it is used here, has a subject and theme, and is concerned not only with what happened, but what the writer makes of what happened. It usually deals with a portion of a life, such as childhood (Angela’s AshesThe Liar’s Club), or has a focus, such as mental illness (Girl, Interrupted), or a mother-daughter relationship (Fierce Attachments). The challenges facing the writer of a literary memoir involve such issues as from what perspective in time to tell the story, where and how to begin, how to structure and shape the material, how to hold the reader’s attention, and questions of relevance—what to put in and what to leave out.

The group will explore these aspects of memoir through readings, exercises, and discussion. The instructor will help participants grapple with both the “forest” and the “trees,” trying to access the big picture of the book as well as developing skills in writing scenes, exposition, summary and dialogue. In addition to one-on-one conferences with the instructor, the members of the group will have the opportunity to get helpful feedback on their writing from other members of the group. Because of the nature of this workshop, the class size will be limited to 12.

Workshop Requirements:

This workshop is open to writers who are currently writing or planning a book-length memoir. It is intended for people who want to write literary memoirs as opposed to family histories.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Paulette Bates Alden is the author of two critically acclaimed books:Feeding the Eagles, a collection of short stories published by Graywolf Press; and Crossing the Moon, a memoir published by Penguin. Her work has appeared in The New York Times MagazinePloughshares, Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She has recently completed a novel, The Answer to Your Question, about the unlikely relationship between the mother of a serial killer á la Ted Bundy and the young, pregnant, Southern waif who is kidnapped by the son.

Paulette was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she received her masters degree in creative writing and where she taught for three years as a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing. For many years she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in memoir and fiction writing as an Edelstein-Keller Writer-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota, receiving a University College Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also taught creative writing at Carleton College as a Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor and at St. Olaf College. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award, and three Minnesota State Arts Board grants. For the past nine years she has worked with many individual writers on their novels, short stories, and memoirs via her website, www.paulettealden.com.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at mail@kwls.org.

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