Sunday, August 28, 2005

Fiction Class in Pasadena. PEN Emerging Voices.

My writing teacher, Kerry Madden, is teaching a fall fiction class/writing workshop at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA. 695 E. Colorodo Blvd., Pasadena. 626.449.5320. If you're in the L.A. area, and interested in taking such a class, check it out. Kerry's groups are great. Information below...

Oh, and just a few more days until the PEN Emerging Voices fellowship applications are due. Great program. Go for it!

Intensive Fiction Writing Class September 10th-October 29th

Dates off: October 8th & October 22nd
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$265 per student (plus tax)(does not include the cost of the text)

Each session of this 6-week workshop, taught by author Kerry Madden, will deal with the craft of writing with a special focus on plot, theme, setting, character, and narrative voice. Within the sessions, writing exercises will be offered, as well as the chance to workshop chapters and scenes in both large and smaller groups.

Handouts will be provided on different authors and writing styles. Writers will study Brenda Ueland, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott, Marie Irene Fornez, and others to learn more about developing character and structure within a chapter or a scene.

A guest novelist will visit during the latter part of the workshop. Finally, every week, writers will be able to turn in six pages of a work-in-progress for feedback, which will be returned the following week.

The Intensive Fiction Writing class will culminate in a public reading at Vroman's Bookstore on October 30, 2:00pm. The text for the class will be the story collection Best American Short Stories, 2005. Sign up today; class size is limited!

Kerry Madden is the author of GENTLE'S HOLLER (Viking Children's Books), which received starred Kirkus and PW reviews and has gone into a second printing. Her next two companion books to GENTLE'S HOLLER are LOUISE'S PALETTE and JESSIE'S MOUNTAIN, and they will be published in 2007 and 2008. You can visit her website at

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