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    Workshop Details


    Each workshop is approximately three hours long, limited to 15 participants and costs $25 a person.

    Pre-registration is necessary for workshops, but not general sessions which are FREE.
    Visit the REGISTRATION page for more information.

    Object Lessons: A Prose Poetry Workshop
    SORRY, WORKSHOP IS FILLED; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
    Holly Iglesias (prose poetry)
    Saturday, September 14 2:00 p.m.
    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Just what exactly is a prose poem? And isn’t the term a
    contradiction in itself?  Workshop participants will explore the way prose poems question
    expectations of poetry simply through their appearance. They lack the lovely curvature of lined verse; they look like squat, ordinary, pedestrian objects. But in fact, prose poems fulfill poetic expectations
    through the use of techniques common to all poetry—compression, fragmentation,  figurative
    language, repetition, rhyme.

    In this workshop, participants will examine as well as create prose poems that are text equivalents of snapshots and postcards, those tiny, boxy items that are dense packages of memory.


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    Know Your Place: Tricks and tips to develop a powerful sense of place and regional identity in your writing

    Elizabeth Hudson (non-fiction)
    Saturday, September 14 9:00 a.m.

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    Getting Your Characters to Write Their Own Stories
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    Abigail DeWitt (fiction)
    Friday, September 13, 2:00 p.m.
    Why do all the work when your characters can do so much of it for you? In this workshop, we'll explore
    techniques for creating 3-dimensional characters who will "take over" as you write. Through free-writing,
    character interviews, and non-dominant hand exercises, you'll discover how to step aside and allow a story
    to emerge on its own. Bring lots of paper and several pens and prepare to be surprised by what your
    characters tell you. For beginners and experienced writers alike. (This class will focus on fiction, but the
    techniques are useful for memoirists, as well.)
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    Pre-registration is required ONLY for  those events with a fee, and/or limited attendance.
    General sessions are free and no advance registration is necessary. You may register for events via
    PayPal on the website, or you may send this form with your check to the address shown below.
    Tickets for paid events can be picked up at the registration desk in the lobby of the Burnsville
    Town Center during the Festival. Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend,
    your fee will be considered a donation to the Literary Festival.