Wednesday, February 8, 2012
NOVELIST SUSAN SCHOENBERGER OFFERS SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOP ON FICTION WRITING
But there is the day when even an acclaimed novelist has to take that first step toward her achievement -- the day she has to get started. On Saturday, March 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Schoenberger will lead a special three-hour workshop with a small group in just that subject: "The Novel: Getting Started." And its corollary, finding the new novel's core: "Writing the Novel: The Big Idea".
The special three-hour Fiction Workshop, a special event in our Writing at the Mark Twain House program, comes with a special price -- only $20, thanks to Schoenberger's generosity.
Included in the "getting started" portion of the afternoon will be exercises in "free-writing" and discussion of some of the practicalities -- such as what literary agents and editors say about the importance of the first pages. And, Schoenberger says, she will provide "advice about listening to your gut on the best place to start," in which she will relay her own experience with A Watershed Year.
"I want to focus on getting the importance of the first pages and help participants get over the hump of getting started," Schoenberger says.
The second part of the session will focus on the challenge of crafting an idea weighty enough to sustain a full-length novel. The afternoon will not be a one-way experience: There will be opportunities for participants to share their ideas and workshop with Schoenberger and each other.
Register early, as enrollment is limited for this special event. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained at 860-280-3130.
Writing at the Mark Twain House has offered spring and fall writing classes over the past three years, including A Class in Memoir with Lary Bloom and Suzanne Levine, which runs from March 7-April 25. And for the first time this year, Writing at the Mark Twain House will hold a Writers' Weekend (April 20-21) keynoted by Lewis Lapham and including sessions with Jon Clinch, Alfred Uhry, Bessy Reyna, Lary Bloom, Susan Campbell and A.R. Gurney. For information on these programs, contact Steve Courtney at 860-247-0998, Ext. 243, or firstname.lastname@example.org.