Reading Like a Writer: Studying Craft in Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles (with Kate Senecal) - ONLINE
There are two key things every writer needs to do to create masterful work: sit down at the writing desk with regularity and read, read, read, and read some more. There is no better teacher than the published prose we know and love; and in this course we'll spend four weeks learning about the craft of fiction writing through reading Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles together. Miller masterfully demonstrates an efficient but complex, emotionally rich, character-driven plot structure by re-envisioning a familiar tale from a unique perspective. As a group, participants will read the book over the course of 4 weeks. Each class meeting will feature discussion of how Miller works with all of the fundamental elements of storytelling, and how we can learn from them as writers; generative writing exercises related to the reading, and optional verbal sharing of work participants do in-class with on the spot, positive feedback. This class does not feature formal or written feedback, and is more deeply focused on craft analysis and discussion. Together we'll geek out, build community, get some writing done and learn new things about writing and each other. Required: All participants must have a copy of the book and are expected to begin reading before the first class. Limited to 10 writers.
WHEN: 4 Weeks: Wednesdays, December 2 - 23 (6 - 8pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
KATE SENECAL is the assistant director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, the former fiction editor of Storychord, a fiction instructor for Writers for Recovery, a Grub Street writing instructor, and a professor at Umass Amherst. She has received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2019 Short Fiction Contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Kate’s fiction has been published in The Laurel Review, The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com.
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