Successful writing requires both an engaging narrative comprised of scenes with dialogue, description, characters, action, a setting, and use of the senses, as well as imbedding themes that are universally resonant. In this six week class we will discuss how to mold your nonfiction stories into an arc that transforms your main character(s) from the beginning to the end – whether you are writing a full-length memoir or personal essays. To maintain a reader’s interest all stories must answer not only the “where, what, who, and when” of the event(s) but most importantly address the “why.” Why you are writing this story? Why will reading your prose matter to others? The sessions will focus on lecture, discussion, and opportunities for participants to read their writing with instructor and peer feedback.
Dates: Thursdays, April 19, 2018 through May 24, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive
Cost: $175/SOMOS members; $200/nonmembers
Who: Jan Smith, MFA and Director of SOMOS
Class size limited to no more than 8-10; minimum 5; to register contact SOMOS, (575) 758-0081 or go to somostaos.org
Jan Smith has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, has been the curator of the SOMOS Summer/Winter Writers Series since 2009 and is currently the Executive Director of SOMOS. She is a 2012 recipient of an award from Southwest Writers for her short story, "Breasts," and a 2014 first place award winner for an excerpt from her memoir," Blink Like Crazy." Her other publications include Chokecherries, Storied Recipes, and The Pitkin Review.