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.
This is writing that is concerned with nature, the environment, and this time of change. For all ages and levels.
In this workshop, instead of treating interviews as sources of often-unreliable factual information, we’ll approach interviews as invaluable, even sacred opportunities for people to tell us the stories that explain who they are and the lives they have lived. We’ll put a priority upon humanistic and journalistic approaches over those of social science, focusing not on the “informant” but on the person. Instead of going into an interview with long lists of fact-soliciting questions, our preparation and practice will rely upon careful listening and the sympathetic pursuit of the stories people use to make sense of their lives.
What makes a story move? If you find that your stories often run out of energy and stall, or that your characters and scenes stagnate, join this workshop to focus upon the power source — the “engine” — that drives your story forward. In this interactive FREE workshop, we’ll focus upon the common structural elements that good stories share. Offered by Michigan Writers, in partnership with National Novel Writing Month.
Playing off of the techniques of improv comedians, in this workshop you’ll learn numerous ways to get something going “out of nowhere” and never have to worry about writer’s block again!
Psst, Michigan Writers Members! Don’t miss out on your chance to be selected by blind drawing for a $250 scholarship!