In this workshop, author David Francis will explore writing as an organic process. For many of us, our best work emerges not from some clever idea or device but from play and language. Through David’s guidance you will find new paths to enter the uncharted territory of your story — a story only you can write. The goal is to take you out of a purely intellectual space so that you can reimagine your work more intuitively. You will submit the first page of your story or chapter and David will give an in-class critique. Then you will reimagine the same opening using generative writing exercises designed to allow a new resonance to emerge. Sign up now and get ready to fall back in love with the experience of writing. Participants must submit their first page of their work by August 20, 2014.
David Francis, originally from Australia, has lived mostly in the United States since 1985. His first novel, Agapanthus Tango, was published internationally in seven languages and then in the United States as The Great Inland Sea. He received the Australian Literature Fund Fellowship to the Keesing Studio in Paris in 2002 and returns to the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris each year. His second novel, Stray Dog Winter, has been released in Australia and the U.S. and was named “Book of the Year” in The Advocate, “Australian Novel of the Year” in the Australian Literary Review, received the commendation of the Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award, was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, won the 2009 Audiofile Award, and received the American Library Association's The Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literary Award for 2010. His short stories and articles have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Weekly Times, The Advocate, Wet Ink, The Southern California Review, The Elegant Variation, Best Australian Short Stories 2010, and The Harvard Review. His book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is collaborating on the screenplay of The Great Inland Sea, and film rights to Stray Dog Winter have been optioned in Australia.
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