Dates: Saturdays, April 2, 9, 23, 30 (Note: no session on 4/16)
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom; links sent after registration.
A class designed to help aspiring writers who want to write but don’t always have ideas yet, and writers who have ideas but can’t seem to put them into practice. We will use a series of weekly writing exercises and class discussion to tune up the imagination, begin a regular writing practice, and explore the world through different eyes. Through these exercises, class discussion, and enhanced personal observation, this class will focus on such fundamental questions such as: How can I see through someone else’s eyes? How do emotion and memory color our observations? and How, when we change the words, we change the story. Four weeks of observing, wondering, and weekly writing exercises will lead a renewed connection to the writer’s imagination and perhaps a portfolio of story ideas.
Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. The author of twenty-four books spanning many genres including crime fiction, true crime, memoir, and nonfiction, and many short stories, Flora’s been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction.
Flora has taught writing for the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Brown University Continuing Education, The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the Cape Cod Writer’s Conference, and for Grub Street in Boston. She’s a former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founder of the New England Crime Bake and the Maine Crime Wave conferences. She blogs with the Maine Crime Writers. Flora divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine, where she gardens and cooks and watches the clouds when she’s not imagining her character’s dark deeds. www.kateclarkflora.com
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