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Know Your Obsessions, Control Your Prose

Oct 16
Oct 16
2 - 5 PM Central
Loie Rawding
Online via Zoom
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We’re all guilty of it. We put a favorite song on repeat or replay that beloved movie one more time. It is a deeply human trait to seek the love and comfort that a meaningful and familiar piece of art provides. And, guess what? Writers do this too. Images, objects, and sensory details pop-up time and time again; lending deep empathy and powerful force to our stories. But we can get stuck in these recurring elements, unable to access something new and exciting or even see that they are happening. In this workshop we will discuss what drives this narrative impulse to replicate. We will look at examples from Marcel Proust, Olga Tokarczuk, Carmen Maria Machado, Alexander Chee, and more. Most importantly, we will respond to writing exercises that bring our own mysteries into the light; focusing on voice, character, image, and place. Prepare to interrogate the impact of your sentence-level choices and learn techniques to recast them when necessary. Any sharing will be voluntary, open to all genres and levels.

Loie Rawding grew up on Cliff Island, Maine. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado and served as Fiction Editor of Timber Journal. Her work has received international attention in Heavy Feather Review, The Ekphrastic Review (Toronto), NATIVE Magazine, SAND (Berlin), and Map Literary, among others. In 2016, Loie was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been a fellow at the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Martha's Vineyard Creative Writing Institute. Loie’s debut novel, Tight Little Vocal Cords, is now available from KERNPUNKT Press. Find her at: www.loierawding.com

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“Loie was a terrific instructor. She built a strong rapport immediately with her students and led reflective discussions. Her written reviews are thorough and it is clear she puts a significant amount of time into the organization of the class. I was inspired and challenged by her comments and with each session.”

“Loie was wonderful. She treated everyone's work with equal seriousness and insight, fostered a supportive atmosphere among the group, and really motivated us to do our best work. I'll absolutely recommend her classes to others.”

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