Spring 2013 HCWP Writing Workshops
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before starting time and bring a pad and pen (or laptop). Workshops are $35, or $30 for members. To find out if your Hub City Writers Project membership is current, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there too many trees in my story?: How to harness the forces of nature in your narratives
with Susan Tekulve
Saturday, May 11, 10am-1pm at The Showroom at HUB-BUB
When Norman Maclean first attempted to publish the story collection that contains his now-famous novella, A River Runs Through It, one publisher sent his manuscript back with a rejection note that referred to the passages about nature in his writing as “a literary handicap.” The note read, “These stories have trees in them!” Thankfully, this literary gem of a book has been in publication for over a quarter of a century, and readers recognize that Maclean’s descriptions of nature are fundamental to all aspects of his story telling. In this workshop we will discuss ways that Maclean and a few other writers use natural landscapes to form characters, to create rhythm and structure, and to communicate themes in their writing. You don’t need to be an expert in the natural sciences to enjoy and benefit from this workshop. We will practice writing exercises designed to help you hone your observations of nature as it relates to you, and to help you to use the forces of nature as more than just backdrop to your stories.
Hub City Writers Project
The Hub City Writers Project is a nonprofit organization in Spartanburg, South Carolina, dedicated to cultivating readers and nurturing writers through its independent small press, community bookstore, and diverse literary programming.