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Upcoming Workshops

Hugo House

June 12, 2021: Politics & Prose
1:00-4:00PM EST

“All Levels | In a time of political upheaval, amidst a saturated media landscape, deeply imagined narratives of individual lives are more important than ever. In this session, we will explore the craft considerations in creating prose that gives a human face to charged political issues. How do writers depict the realities of place and time while maintaining allegiance to the desires and complexities of individual lives? How do we convey strongly held beliefs without becoming didactic and boring? Writers who are working on fiction about social issues are encouraged to bring in their work with opportunity for questions and discussion.”

July 21, 2021: On Endings
1:00-4:00PM EST

“All Levels | We’ll examine published excerpts in prose (Jhumpa Lahiri, James Joyce, ZZ Packer, and others) and discuss the ways in which the authors achieve successful endings. We will consider the range of possibilities for endings in stories, essays, and yes, novels: action, flash-forward, open endings, resolved endings, and, of course, the surprising and inevitable ending. Part lecture and part discussion, this session will also provide the opportunity—time permitting—to try out various approaches for writing effective endings.”