Reading Like A Writer (with Sara Rauch)
Behind every good writer is a good reader. But what makes a good reader? A healthy curiosity, and a willingness to examine what is working (and what isn’t) in any given text. In this class, we’ll focus our attention on close reading: how to hone the skills necessary to really delve into a piece of prose and find what makes it tick, and then how to apply what you learn to your own work.
We’ll scrutinize two different pieces of prose from the word and sentence level outward to character traits and motivations, plot, and narrative structure; we’ll talk about what works and what doesn’t on a craft level, how to discern between quality and personal taste, and how to make the leap from reading to actually writing. We’ll also talk about the role imitation can (and does) play in first drafts, and why reading broadly is so important to every writer at every stage of their career. Lastly, we’ll spend some time talking about ways to make reading like a writer an enjoyable experience.
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 2018 from Alternating Current Press. She lives with her family in Easthampton MA. Find her online at www.sararauch.com
When: Saturday, October 6 (1-4pm)
Where: Commons Coworking, Williamsburg MA