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Course Descriptions

It Takes a Workshop: Conversations in Creative Nonfiction with Jim Grimsley

This will be a work-sharing session in which participants will share and discuss their work. The focus will be on the work of the writers in the room and the goal will be to provide helpful response to all the writers present.

Please submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, on the same day that you register for the conference. Submissions should be saved in an MS Word document, using double-spaced 12-point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to masterclass@ncwriters.org. The Word document’s file name should include your own last name, and the title of the work and your name should appear on the submission itself. If accepted into the Master Class, your submitted work will be shared with other Master Class registrants.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

Defamiliarizing the Half-Known World: Creating Surprising Fiction Out of Our Everyday Lives with Rebecca Bernard

We’re often told there are no new stories, and yet fiction remains a site of tremendous invention and creative exploration. How, then, do we create this sense of freshness, of what Charles Baxter describes as “the familiar [giving] way, not to the weird, but to the experience of a truth caught in mid-air.” As writers we apply our perspective and the principles of craft to turn the familiar strange so that we might see and understand its possibilities anew. In our sessions, in addition to workshopping the submitted works, we will read craft essays by Charles Baxter and Robert Boswell along with a selection of micro and flash stories by writers like Blake Levario and K-Ming Chang that allow us to reimagine and resee the familiar terrain that all fiction takes as its starting place.

Please submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, on the same day that you register for the conference. Submissions should be saved in an MS Word document, using double-spaced 12-point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to masterclass@ncwriters.org. The Word document’s file name should include your own last name, and the title of the work and your name should appear on the submission itself. If accepted into the Master Class, your submitted work will be shared with other Master Class registrants.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

Axis Poetry: A Generative Workshop with Amber Flora Thomas

This workshop will provide space and time for participants to generate new poems, evaluate existing poems, and engage with tool building activities to inspire revision. Our time will be divided between the critique of existing poems and generative prompts. We will explore contemporary free verse poetry whose forms are inspired by nature with a particular attention to the turn, caesura, and other transformational pivots. The environment in this workshop is one of support and encouragement, welcoming self-expression, and development for writers at all levels. Participants will submit three poems (8 pages maximum) in advance of the workshop, all of which should not have been in a workshop elsewhere. Total immersion in poetry for this three-day workshop will give participants a burst of energy and inspiration to meet future writing projects.

Please submit three poems, in a total of no more than eight pages, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. Poems should be saved in a single MS Word document, using single-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, and sent as an attachment to masterclass@ncwriters.org. Your name and the title of each poem should appear on the submission. The sample you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of this workshop.