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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Eric Rampson - Go Do The Voodoo That You Do So Well: Finding (and Using) the Fun in Your Writing

  • December 07, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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Eric Rampson

Go Do the Voodoo That You Do So Well: Finding (and using) the Fun in Your Writing

Critique we receive as writers most often focuses on what isn’t working in a piece. Our typical response is to work on those weaknesses, trying to “get better” at those craft areas. What if, instead, we took some time find where the FUN is - where we were actually having fun in the writing? And then, what if we looked at the craft tools we were making best use of in those passages and applied those to the “weaker” passages that “aren’t working”? 

By identifying and then focusing on our strengths as writers, we should be able to solve any problems in our work by leaning harder on those things we enjoy and do well. We’ll look at some examples as a group and then break into small discussions to help each other begin to identify our strengths and how best to deploy them throughout our work. Please submit a paragraph you enjoyed writing by November 24th to be included in our handout. Eric will accept manuscripts for critique. Please see manuscript guidelines for details.

Eric Rampson studied, performed, and taught improvisational and sketch comedy (The Second City, iO, The Playground Theater) for almost 20 years before getting his MFA in Fiction from The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His short stories have been published in The Matador Review, Change Seven Magazine, The Logan Square Literary Review, and Trembles.

9-9:30 AM registration and socializing
9:30-12 PM program

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