6.07.2004

Hey everybody. I just want to let you know that I still have two spots open in the small writing workshop I'm teaching this summer. We start this WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 at 7:30 pm in Park Slope. I'd love to hear from you if you're interested.

Details below.

Thanks

--Elizabeth

Do you want to learn how to write fabulous stories, essays, a novel, or a memoir in a way that is full of fun, genius, pleasure, and ease? Are you struggling to find time to write, or perhaps simply desiring feedback and direction? If you aren't quite sure how to get started and you are looking for the inspiration and discipline to keep writing on an ongoing basis, this workshop will help you immensely.

Class is small, no more than 8 people, usually about 6.

I will teach you how to improve your writing very quickly--my tried-and-true writing exercises get the creativity flowing and improve your drafts so you avoid common beginner's errors right from the start. We make sure to have a fabulous time doing all this learning in my comfortable, cozy living room.

The class is held Wednesdays, 730-10pm, in Park Slope, about 3 blocks from the 7th Avenue F station (which is at 7th Ave and Ninth St). Also close to the 9th street N/R. Cost is $300, cash only. $50 deposit required to hold your space in the course.

Starts June 9, runs through July 21.

Email: ecm11@verizon.net

Instructor:
Elizabeth Merrick received a BA from Yale, an MA in Creativity and Arts Education from San Francisco State, and an MFA in fiction writing from Cornell University. She is the founder of the Cupcake reading series (as seen in the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and New York magazine). She taught creative writing at Cornell for three years. Recent honors include fellowships from VCCA, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Saltonstall Foundation. She currently teaches writing at NYU.

This workshop will be open to both fiction and nonfiction writers, and will be a supportive and fun, yet very productive, environment.

We will cover all the major elements of the craft of writing:
Creating compelling and believable characters and making them come alive on the page
Plot
Point of view
Vivid description
Finding your voice
Story structure
Maintaining inspiration and discipline
The process of revision
The basics of getting published.

We will do in-class writing and creativity exercises, and will read and learn from each others' work in progress. We will focus more on editing than on critiquing work in progress. You'll leave the workshop with a solid knowledge of the craft, as well as at least one finished story.



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