Selkirk College and Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA bring the writers of Spokane and the West Kootenay closer together.
A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium is designed to do just that. Local writers join Selkirk College for a selection of writing workshops taking place on November 4, to be followed by an evening social and reading by Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) faculty and graduate students.
Get creative with your writing at Selkirk College's Tenth Street Campus from 2 to 4:30 p.m. EWU Creative Writing MFA Program students will lead writing workshops offered in four genres:
- It's Fiction Time: Should my story take place over fifty years, or two minutes? Should I flash backward, or forward? Time plays a critical role in fiction. In this generative workshop, we will explore multiple techniques for using time to shape story. Examining models for our own writing, we will generate scenes and an outline for a larger piece.
- Seeing Your Story: Imagery and Characterization in Fiction: Evocative images and peculiar details help fill your stories with vivid scenes and authentic characters. In this generative workshop, we will look at examples of stories with effective imagery and practice “seeing” your own scenes through a series of freewriting exercises. You will walk away with new characters, surprising new details and a different way of looking at descriptive imagery.
- Structuring Your Secrets: Crafting Nonfiction Essays: This workshop will focus on the many ways a nonfiction writer can structure a memoir or personal essay. We'll give a craft talk on popular essay structures, and through writing prompts you will experiment with different structures. We will explore both traditional and experimental essay forms, and students should walk away with the beginnings of essays and a variety of tools to build them.
- Picture This: Creating, Enhancing, and Sustaining Images in Poetry: A poem can attempt to do a lot of things: create rhythm, elicit emotion, tell a story, bring readers to a time and place. One important piece of poetry is the creation of images for readers. In this workshop, participants will read and discuss poems that exemplify image-making, as well as write, read, and workshop their own original writing with a focus on finding fresh, inventive, and bold images for their work.
Admission to the symposium includes workshop, reading and social is $25 for Selkirk College students and $35 for community members.
The evening reading starts at 7:30 p.m. at 91 Baker Street (above the Chamber of Commerce in Railtown). Non-workshop participants are welcome to come to the reading. Admission is by donation.
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