Craft Seminars

Pinckney Benedict

Logos VS Pathos: The Uses of Logic and Emotion in Narrative
“Ideally, when we read literature or write it, we’re not just intellectually processing data about plot and character and setting: we’re forming a relationship (sometimes friendship; sometimes enmity; and in the most successful cases, unrestrained love) with the work itself. In our composition, our private editing, and in the workshop setting, we too often turn primarily to the intellect to provide the answers we seek. In this class, we’ll discuss ways to achieve the proper balance between logos (the appeal to reason) and pathos (the appeal to emotion) in our creative lives.”

Fred Leebron

Writing Prompts and Writing Strategies
This craft seminar takes us through the process of writing from getting started to progressing the work to the revision and on even to how to invent writing prompts.

Jim McKean

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing About Family
Even though Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird says, “Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better,” it still might be wise to take a moment and think carefully about writing our family stories. Using a combination of images, texts, and my own personal experience writing memoir, I will address three areas: purpose and intentions when writing about family; approaches and methods; and finally, concerns, reactions, questions, and fallout. There will be handouts, examples, a bibliography and time for discussion especially when it comes to sharing stories during writing, the writing process, after completion, and even after publication.

Dan Mueller

The Long Lens: Writing About Long Ago, the Advantages and Liabilities, with Examples from Literature