Three Afternoons of Discussion and Critique
A Three-Part Fiction Workshop
Instructor: Cynthia Thayer
Maximum Attendees: 12
*This workshop takes place over three Saturdays: November 9, 16, and 23.
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This three-part workshop will meet for consecutive Saturday afternoon sessions, each workshop beginning with a focused discussion on aspects of writing fiction: point of view, structure, and dialogue, as it pertains to work submitted, using lecture, exercises, feedback, and handout material. The discussion will be followed by an in-depth workshop critique on the manuscripts of each attendee. Attendees will be asked to submit their manuscript of your writing in advance. Come prepared to concentrate intensely and glean lessons from the entire group. “We’ll also probably laugh our asses off, too,” says instructor Cynthia Thayer, “because laughter is integral to working hard.”
Manuscript Details: Attendees will be asked to submit a maximum of 3,000-words, double-spaced, 12-point type, short story or novel excerpt in advance of the workshop. Please don’t bring your favorite, polished, finished work to be critiqued; bring work that you are struggling with. If sending a novel excerpt, consider bringing a copy of the whole manuscript to date to the workshop. There will be writing and reading assignments between workshops.
Work to be critiqued must be emailed to the MWPA at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. at the latest. Please include the subject line “THAYER WORKSHOP.”
Cynthia Thayer is a novelist who came to writing late in life. Her first novel, Strong for Potatoes, written when she was well over fifty, was published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press, won the Rep’s Choice Award, named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. A Brief Lunacy, was published by Algonquin Books and in paperback by Delta. All three are BookSense Books. She has taught many workshops for groups here and in Canada including Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Turnstone Writers’ Workshops, Schoodic Arts for All, local schools, and University of Maine at Machias. She and her husband own and operate Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro where they raise organic crops and run a mail-order business. Thanks in great part to the Maine writing community, their barn, lost in last May’s fire, has been replaced by a new post and beam barn filled with new horses and sheep.