Author, scholar, historian and PVWW nonfiction writing instructor Ken Mondschein discusses his love of writing history and shares helpful strategies and tips for approaching nonfiction writing projects.
Join Ken's monthly Non-Fiction & History Writing Group in Western MA: Ken Mondschein leads a regular Nonfiction & History Writing Group for people working on nonfiction writing projects. Learn more & RSVP!
About Ken: KEN MONDSCHEIN is a scholar and author with expertise in subjects ranging from the Middle Ages to modern pop culture, as well as a jouster and fencing master. His work has appeared in the New York Press, various consumer magazines, as a columnist for Nerve.com and The Faster Times, and elsewhere. He received his PhD in history from Fordham University, was a Fulbright scholar to France, and is currently a Fellow at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies. Though Ken's scholarly concentration is premodern Europe, he has taught, lectured, spoken, consulted, and published on everything from medieval science to the political uses of the past, and worked with organizations ranging fromm the J. Paul Getty Museum to the History Channel to the United States Military Academy at West Point. His special interests are in Western depictions of ideas of time, in fencing treatises, and in medieval ideas of race and gender and, especially, countering white-nationalist uses of the Middle Ages. Ken is the author of numerous academic books and articles, as well as his latest book, Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of Warfare (McFarland).
Mindfulness & Writing (with Carolyn Zaikowski)
Do you know what Zuihitsu means, or how it might help your writing? Do you want to be more present in your creative practice, and life in general? Author and Buddhist-practitioner Carolyn Zaikowski talks about ways to incorporate mindfulness into your writing practice! She teaches Mindfulness Meditation & Writing at Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in Western MA. This spring, she'll be leading a 4-week Generative Poetry Workshop in May, 2019.
About Carolyn: CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI has been practicing and studying in the Theravada and Zen Buddhist traditions since 2001. She has extensive experience on silent meditation retreats at Insight Meditation Society, Cambridge Zen Center, and Wat Phra Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University, where she studied the intersections of mindfulness meditation and writing. Founded by Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa and Beat Poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, Naropa remains one of the only Buddhist universities in the United States. She is the author of the novels In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely. Find her online at www.carolynzaikowski.com.
When you're writing flash fiction (usually defined as fiction under 1,000 words) how do you know what specific words to cut? Where do you even begin if you're trying to trim a longer piece down to flash? Joy Baglio offers tips on how to go about crafting, honing, and editing your flash fiction. This spring, she'll be leading a workshop on submitting and publishing fiction in April 2019, and a two-day Flash Fiction Intensive in early June, 2019.
About Joy: JOY BAGLIO is the founder and director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop. She also serves as Associate Editor of West Branch, and a Grub Street writing instructor. She holds an MFA from The New School, and her short fiction has appeared recently in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, and elsewhere. Her writing has also been supported by grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation and The Speculative Literature Foundation. She's currently at work on a short story collection and her first novel. Find her online at www.joybaglio.com.
About Kate: KATE SENECALreceived an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. She is the Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, and a workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery in Vermont. Her fiction has been published inThe Laurel Review, The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com, where she was the fiction editor for two years before it stopped publication.
How can you make your written dialogue feel believable, while avoiding common pitfalls that writers often face? Sara Rauch shares tips from her recent PVWW workshop on writing dialogue. This spring, Sara will be leading a 4-week workshop on The Building Blocks of Story, in Williamsburg MA.
About Sara: SARA RAUCH's prose has appeared in Hobart, Gravel,Split Lip, So to Speak, Luna Luna, and more. Her debut story collection, WHAT SHINES FROM IT, is forthcoming in 2019 from Alternating Current Press. She lives with her family in Easthampton MA. Find her online atwww.sararauch.com.
Instructor Seth Harwood is back to share some tips for creating and sustaining a regular writing practice. About Seth: SETH HARWOODearned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and went on to publish five crime novels. His most recent novel, Everyone Pays, joins his Amazon bestsellers In Broad Daylight and Jack Wakes Up. His other work includes the novels Young Junius and This Is Life, numerous stories in literary journals, two collections of short stories, and a Kindle Worlds / Kurt-Vonnegut-style novella. He teaches creative writing at Stanford Continuing Studies and Harvard Extension School. Find him online at www.sethharwood.com.
Do you know what a linking verb is, or why a visual action verb is a stronger choice than a thinking verb? Find out, with a glimpse into PVWW instructor Seth Harwood's recent workshop on verbs!
Seth will be teaching a one-day workshop - Point of View & Narrative Distance - on Saturday, February 9 (1 - 4pm) in Williamsburg MA. Learn more & RSVP! If you find this helpful, please "like" and subscribe to our Youtube channel! There are many more craft videos like this to come!
About Seth: SETH HARWOODearned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and went on to publish five crime novels. His most recent novel, Everyone Pays, joins his Amazon bestsellers In Broad Daylight and Jack Wakes Up. His other work includes the novels Young Junius and This Is Life, numerous stories in literary journals, two collections of short stories, and a Kindle Worlds / Kurt-Vonnegut-style novella. He teaches creative writing at Stanford Continuing Studies and Harvard Extension School. Find him online at www.sethharwood.com.
"Can't say enough about PVWW, Joy, and her amazing team of teachers! Writing is very much about the ability to sit in your seat for hours and put pen to paper, but coming to PVWW has helped me build a community around my writing, breathe new life into my efforts, and get out of my own head a bit. And beyond that, I've learned lots of practical, nuts-and-bolts techniques that have vastly improved my work." - Emily Everett, Editor at The Common