8-Week Advanced Fiction Workshop (with Kate Senecal)
This course is designed to give experienced fiction writers who are already familiar with workshops the opportunity to give and receive feedback on work in progress. It is a great place to get an "almost there" story to a place where it is polished and "ready for submission/publication." This course offers a model for workshopping short stories or novel excerpts in which participants will receive written comments from the students and the instructor before their work is discussed in class. Instead of remaining silent, writers will be an active participant in the conversation about their story, with a focus on concrete revision options. Classmates will be encouraged to incorporate content-based questioning (e.g. “how does this character challenge or reinforce stereotypes? does this story hold up to fact checking/seem plausible?”) with craft-based questioning (e.g. “how does the author show this character’s change over time? "is the balance between scene and summary where it needs to be?") in both written and verbal feedback. Together we will read and discuss published work, do occasional generative writing exercises, and discuss craft as it relates to the pieces scheduled for discussion.This structure aims to give the writer a stronger voice in their own critique, for readers to thoughtfully examine and learn from their initial feedback during the workshop, and for everyone to leave class with a strong creative community and a clear revision strategy for their work.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
KATE SENECAL received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. She is the former fiction editor of Storychord, the Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writer’s Workshop, a fiction instructor for Writers for Recovery and Grub Street, and an adjunct professor at Clark University. She has received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2019 Short Fiction Contest, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Kate’s fiction has been published in The Laurel Review, The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com.
WHEN: 8 Weeks: Tuesdays, May 5 - June 23 ( 6 - 8pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg MA*
*Directions: Specific directions to our Williamsburg classroom, as well as other info, will be emailed to all registered participants 2 - 5 days before the first class.
Refund & Credit Policy at PVWW
Because of non-refundable fees that we, PVWW, must pay for every transaction that happens, we are not able to give full refunds to those who register then withdraw from a workshop or class. If you withdraw from a workshop ten days or more before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop or class of equal value OR a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive full credit toward another class OR a refund minus 30%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or a partial refund. If we have to cancel a class for any reason, you will receive a full refund, or if you choose, a credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or a credit for a cancelled class within 3 months will automatically receive a credit and will no longer be eligible for a refund after that that time frame. In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund, in partial or in full. We handle these requests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Joy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all matters concerning credit and refunds. You must make your request within the given season in which the class transpired. Credits cannot be converted into refunds.