The What, How & Why of Stories
A SIX-WEEK WORKSHOP ON WEDNESDAYS, 4/17 – 5/22
In writing there are essentially three focuses: What our story is – that’s the theme. How we tell our story – that’s the art of shaping. Structuring how your story is written is essential, but it is the third focus – the Why we tell our story that’s the way we engage our readers from beginning to end. “The urgency that compels the writer – the truth we need to speak, the warning we need to impart, the redemption we need to share, the beauty we see in the world, the thrill of being alive, the promise that our lives have meaning – must infuse the book.” (Rahna Reiki Rizzuto, 1/2019, keynote speech)
In this six-week workshop on Wednesday evenings beginning 4/17 – 5/22 from 5:30-8 PM we will explore all three focuses – with special attention to developing the Why – the urgency of our story, and why now? Each student (maximum of 8) will have a minimum of three opportunities to share their work and receive feedback from participants and the instructor; as well as receive handouts and craft talks.
Fee: $200/member; $240/nonmember; SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos
To register: somostaos.org or call 758-0081. Minimum: 5; Maximum: 8 students
Bio: Jan Smith has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, was the curator of the SOMOS Summer/Winter Writers Series from 2009-2015 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." Other publications include Chokecherries (20thanniversary publication), Pitkin Review, Howl, & Emerging New Mexico Writers. She was awarded a residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2015 and attended Anam Cara Writer’s & Artist’s Retreat, Eyries, Ireland, in 2018.