Fiction & Memoir Summer Workshops

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Announcing Summer Writing Workshops in Florence and Barcelona taught by award winning author, Patricia Foster
Fiction Writing Workshop in Florence: July 13 - 22, 2007
Memoir Writing Workshop in Barcelona: July 21 - 30, 2007

Fiction Writing Workshop
The Fiction Writing Workshop in Florence will take place within the walls of the old city, home of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. Florence is also the setting of Bruneleschi's Duomo which revolutionized architecture and the Uffizi Gallery which contains masterpieces of Renaissance art. In this class we will look at how to create characters whose desires compel us. We will  do writing exercises that will stretch our literary muscles, helping us create characters who emerge from the particularity of our experience as well as characters who emerge solely from our imagination.

Memoir Writing Workshop
The Memoir Writing Workshop will take place in Barcelona near Paseo de Gracia, a tree-lined street with some of the finest modernist architecture in this fascinating city, which inspired Gaudi, Picasso, Dali, and Miro. Barcelona also has a beautiful beach/restaurant area in which to walk, sunbathe, or swim. Seaside resorts are only a 30 minute train ride away. What we'll try to do in this workshop is find that deeper story, engage that secret self. Getting to that place of inner clarity will not be the same for everyone, but for everyone, exploration is the point.  We will do exercises to jump-start our memories, to discover vivid detail in ordinary moments, and to create a narrative "I." Most importantly, we will do writing exercises designed to find the emblematic moments in our lives.

The writing exercises in both workshops explore developing character, telling your story with emotional depth, and using dreamstorming and memory work to discover voice and story. Writing, whether it be fiction or memoir, is a way of expanding consciousness and re-seeing our most private selves. In the Fiction and Memoir workshops we do this by taking down the walls of fear and anxiety that inhibit our imagination and tapping into the intelligent heart, the compass of our being. These workshops are designed to help you discover what you want to say and how you want to say it, explore the many possibilities of form and character, and focus on the journey of your writers' process.

Class meets 3.5 hours per day. We will work both individually and communally. We learn from each other's writing and ideas in a supportive environment. Class size is limited. Reserve your space in advance.

Fiction Writing Workshop in Florence: From $1,750 (including tuition and 9 night accommodations).
Memoir Writing Workshop in Barcelona: From $1,850 (including tuition and 9 night accommodations).
SPECIAL OFFER: Limited time only
$100 off Early Registration (offer good until 1/15/2007)

Patricia Foster is the author of All the Lost Girls (memoir), Just Beneath My Skin (personal essays; starred review from Kirkus Reviews) and the editor of Minding the Body and Sister to Sister. She won the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the Hoepfner Award, and the Dean's Scholar Award for nonfiction, received a Florida Arts Council Award, the Lake Effect Fiction Award, and a Yaddo Fellowship for fiction as well as four Alabama Arts & Humanities grants. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Vogue, Chronicle for Higher Education, Glamour, Ploughshares as well as other newspapers and journals. She's published both nonfiction and fiction in the Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, Glimmer Train and other quarterlies. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She is a professor in the MFA Program in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa and has been an exchange professor in France.

For more information:
1-866-217-1980 (Toll-Free)

Please mail all inquiries to:
Vivian Glusman
245 E 40th St. 25th Floor
New York, NY 10016


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