There are two things most writers need and crave: time and space. In this class, we give ourselves the gift of time. In the nurturing space of the workshop, we find and begin to write the stories we live every day. Using our histories, our memories, and our senses as launching pads, we will begin to transform the ordinariness of our lives into extraordinary fiction and non-fiction. This class is for those who want to write but don’t yet believe they have anything to say, as well as for those who want to write but need the time and space in which to do it.
And, if you’re behind on your word count for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), this is the perfect opportunity to catch up (or put forward)!
Instructors: Alexandra Soiseth and Patricia Dunn
Alexandra Soiseth is the assistant director of the MFA Fiction Program at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. She has been teaching personal essay writing, memoir and fiction for more than 15 years.
Alexandra is the author of the memoir “Choosing You,” published by Seal Press/Perseus Book Group. She is the recipient of a Canada Arts Council grant, an Ontario Arts Council grant, and is the former managing editor of (and communications director for) Global City Review, a New York City-based literary magazine. Her work has appeared on babycenter.com, literarymama.com, in McGill Street Magazine, The Ryersonian, and on the radio program LifeRattle, among others.
Patricia Dunn holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she is the Director of the Writing Institute.
She is the author of “Rebels By Accident” (Sourcebooks) which provides readers with an engaging glimpse into the events leading up to the Arab Spring, in addition to speaking about issues of identity, race, and culture. The story is told through the eyes of Mariam, a Muslim-American teenager.
Patricia has contributed to numerous national publications including Salon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, The Nation and L.A. Weekly. This Bronx-raised rebel and former resident of Cairo lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenaged son and toddler dog. Visit Patricia at www.patriciadunnauthor.com or on Twitter at @shewrites.