Instructor: Jodi Paloni
Date & Time: Saturdays, November 3 & December 1 | 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Belfast Free Library
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $115 | Nonmember: $170
Registration Closes: October 29
Compelling fiction often renders narrative time without drawing the reader’s attention to it—the writer keeps the reader oriented and progressing smoothly even as time shifts throughout a story. Think of the braiding of two different timelines with two different characters in the novel All the Light We Cannot See, or the unfolding of multiple interconnected stories spanning decades in Olive Kitteridge.
During the first session of this two-part workshops, readings and exercises will explore ways in which master storytellers, such as Alice Munro, Joan Silber, Jesmyn Ward, Tobias Wolff, establish time, and go on to fluidly stretch and/or condense it within a paragraph, a page, a section, or a chapter, and sometimes within the brevity of an single sentence. The class will examine openings, time tags, backstory, flashback and prolepsis, verb tenses, and perspective (such as how the reminiscent voice allows writers to impose experience onto innocence).
Between sessions, participants will write and submit up to 3,000 words that explore the rendering of time in their fiction. They will also read and provide feedback on each other’s work.
During the second session, the instructor will lead participants in discussing the time-related devices in each other’s pieces. The class will conclude by examining the ways in which format in book-length fiction may imply time and/or help ground the reader in the specificity of time.
+ ADVANCE READING After registering, participants will receive two short stories, “Dimensions” by Alice Munro and “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff, to read before the workshop.
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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