Instructor: Jane Brox
Date & Time: Saturday, May 13 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
A writer’s voice is forged from conviction and from dedication to her subject. But a writer can also deepen that voice—be it authoritative, intimate, humorous, or lyrical—through deliberate decisions concerning word choice, tone, syntax, and point of view.
This workshop will focus on techniques that will help writers to both emphasize their voice and stretch it. Participants will read and discuss excerpts from the work of Rachel Carson, James Baldwin and others, then employ some of the strategies discussed in short exercises and revisions of their own work.
Participants should bring up to 10 pages of work-in-progress to the class.
Jane Brox’s fifth book, Wake of Silence, will be published in 2018. Her most recent book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a 1999 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Maine Arts Commission.
She has taught at Harvard University, Bowdoin College, and at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. Currently, she is a member of the nonfiction faculty in Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She lives in Brunswick, Maine. VISIT janebrox.com
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