OCWW Summer Sessions

  • July 23, 2020
  • August 20, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • July 23, 2020, 11:00 AM 1:30 PM (CDT)
  • August 20, 2020, 11:00 AM 1:30 PM (CDT)
  • Remote Learning


Off-Campus Writers' Workshop “Reading Like A Writer” Summer Series Program

Off-Campus Writers' Workshop “Reading Like A Writer” Summer Series Program

It's July and we're reading Katherine Mansfield!

Please join us for our next program as OCWW continues monthly offerings of its “Reading like a Writer” Summer Series.  We have two more sessions to go!  Dates and times are: July 23, & August 20 — from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

On Thursday, July 23rd, we'll delve into Katherine Mansfield’s 1917 work, “A Dill Pickle.”  Mansfield was an Early Modernist who forged innovative writing techniques that remain staples in the art of short story writing today. Her genius for economically capturing the subtle psychological ripples of a moment is on full display here.

We will launch our discussion with a layered consideration of choices Mansfield made in framing the story, touching upon shifts in focalization, the use of free indirect discourse in 3rd-person narration, dialogue structures, flash backs, and her robust use of recurring imagery.

Sign up for one, or both, of our upcoming sessions by emailing OCWWSummerSeries@gmail.com and telling us which session(s) you would like to attend.  These online Zoom meetings are free, but participants must be current in their OCWW membership for the 2020-2021 season.

Each session focuses on a short story by a well-known writer.  Round-table talks are led by a moderator to examine each writer's technique utilizing critique methods from Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer.

We will look at how these writers solve aesthetic problems &/or elevate elements of their craft to enhance their work so that we can gain greater insight into our own writing process.  So, whether you're working in a specific genre, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, or even memoir, these talks will touch on issues you've faced.

Here are the scheduled stories:

             July 23, Katherine Mansfield’s “A Dill Pickle,” facilitated by Judy Panko Reis; and

             August 20, Alice Munro’s “Passion,” facilitated by Aurelia Nichols.

If you cannot attend, sessions will be recorded and the link sent to those who registered.

Hope to see you soon on Zoom!

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