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Porter Shreve

Key West Literary Seminar Writers' Workshop Program

-Fiction Workshop: Single Scene Stories, Short-Shorts, and Monologues-

January 6 - 16, 2011

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.

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