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

Summer's here and OCWW is offering monthly sessions of its “Reading Like A Writer” Summer Series Program!  Dates and times are: June 18, July 23, & August 20 — from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

Our first session kicks off soon!  We'll be reading and talking about George Saunders' "The Red Bow," a wonderful example of 1st-person narration, told mostly in stream-of-consciousness mode.

Please sign up for individual—or all three—sessions by emailing 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.  Participants may offer live comments via the open-mike discussion, as well as submit comments &/or questions in the chat box.

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:

             June 18, George Saunders’ “The Red Bow,” facilitated by Peter Hoppock;

             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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