Instructor: Jodi Paloni
Date & Time: Saturday, March 16 | 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Online
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $60 | Nonmember $115
Registration Closes: March 11

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will occur online, using the video meeting platform Zoom, which means students may participate from the comfort of their own homes (or anywhere with a reliable, fast internet connection). Upon registration, students will be emailed a link that they may click to enter the class on March 16. Students will not be required to create a Zoom account to participate, however it will be necessary to download the software, and students are strongly advised to do so in advance of the workshop. On Thursday, March 14 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, program director Hannah Perry will offer a one-hour remote test session. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to participate in the test session, and those who do not are responsible for setup and installation on their own.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: a reliable, fast internet connection (broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE), speakers & a microphone (built-in or USB plug-in), and a webcam (built-in or USB plug-in). Full details on supported Operating Systems, internet browsers, and more can be found here: If you would like to test your internet connection and your computer’s compatibility with Zoom, click here for instructions:

paloniJodi 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

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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on March 4 at 9:00 a.m.

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