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Finding Form

3 Hours • with Elwin Cotman • All Levels / All Genres

  • Starts Nov 24
  • 75 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots


Class Description

In this generative workshop, students will experiment with form. This class is for people who are considering what form they wish their stor(ies) to take and are interested in writing in multiple formats. Students will come to class with a story concept they are in the beginning of developing. We will go over basic rules of fiction, drama, nonfiction, screenplay, and poetry. Through prompts, students will experiment in these forms, and in the end have an idea for what direction they wish to take their idea. Students should come with a basic idea for a story they are writing. It doesn't even have to be something they've written down, but should be developed enough that they have an idea for the characters and arc. INSTRUCTOR ELWIN COTMAN is a storyteller from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of five books: the poetry collection The Wizard’s Homecoming, and the short story collections The Jack Daniels Sessions EP, Hard Times Blues, Dance on Saturday, and Weird Black Girls. His debut novel The Age of Ignorance will be published by Scribner in 2025. He has worked as a video game consultant and writer for Square Enix. He holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a MFA from Mills College. Photo credit: Rohan DaCosta


Upcoming Sessions


Cancellation Policy

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 a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at joy@pioneervalleywriters.org


Contact Details

joy@pioneervalleywriters.org


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