Instructor: Jodi Paloni
Date & Time: Saturday, November 11 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Registration Closes: November 6


Writers spend hard-earned hours crafting elegant descriptions to conjure multi-sensory experiences for their readers, but if the details employed do not add texture to character or help move the plot along, the work may fall short of its mark.

Attendees will spend the morning exploring ways to deepen the use of details in their prose: naming, gesture, description, and motif. In addition to reading two short stories in advance of the workshop by Jhumpa Lahiri and Raymond Carver, participants will be guided in class through excerpts from pieces by Anthony Doerr, ZZ Packer, Joy Williams, and other contemporary fiction writers.

After examining the pearls and perils of abstraction, attendees will generate short passages to practice new skills from prompts, which the instructor will give feedback on during an open reading portion in the afternoon.


Jodi Paloni is the author of the linked story collection, They Could Live With Themselves, runner up for the 2015 Press 53 Award, 2017 IPPY Silver Medalist, and finalist in the 2017 Maine Book Award for Fiction. She won the 2013 Short Story America Prize, placed second in the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and was a 2016 finalist in the Maine Literary Award Short Competition Award. Her stories appear in a number of print and online journals: Green Mountains Review, Carve Magazine, upstreet, Whitefish Review, Contrary Magazine, Literary Mama, and others. Jodi earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives and works as a freelance writer, teacher, editor, and writing coach in Pemaquid, Maine. VISIT jodipaloni.com


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