May 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Interlochen Public Library.

A Michigan Writers Outreach Collaboration: FREE workshop for writers of all levels and interested folks sponsored by the Lois Driscoll Memorial Guest Artists Series in cooperation with Michigan Writers will be held at Interlochen Public Library, Interlochen, MI.

The class is capped at thirty. To register, email Jennifer Thomet, director, at [email protected]. State the name of class and that you wish to register.

In keeping with the Interlochen Public Library theme, “Tell Your Story,” we offer a writing workshop that can help us do just that–tell our stories. Writers rely on the dramatic structure of a fully-realized scene to create rich narratives. A well-told scene allows our readers access to the physical spaces of our stories; character interactions in these spaces can heighten and deepen the work on the page. We will look at published models of strong scenes and discuss what they tell us and how. And most importantly, we will write. Whether you are working with ongoing material or trying to find something new–memoir material, fiction, or poetry–this workshop will help you create scenes that will invite your readers in and encourage them to stay a while.

About the instructor:
Patricia Ann McNair’s short story collection, Responsible Adults, was named a Distinguished Favorite by the Independent Press Awards. The Temple of Air (stories) was named Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award, and Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award. Her collection of essays, And These Are the Good Times, was a Montaigne Medal Finalist for Most Thought-Provoking Book of the Year. McNair’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Barrelhouse, American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Hypertext Review, Word Riot, Prime Number, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and other publications. She was named to Chicago’s NewCity Lit 50 list, and A Writer to Watch by Chicago’s Guild Literary Complex. She is on the editorial board of Solstice Lit Magazine, and the curatorial board of the Ragdale Foundation. McNair teaches in the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and was nominated for the U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year. She lives in Tucson with her husband, visual artist Philip Hartigan.

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