Instructor: Jodi Paloni
Date & Time: Saturday, March 11 |10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Rockland Public Library
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
Writers may spend hard-earned hours crafting beautiful descriptions to conjure multi-sensory experiences for their readers, but if the details employed do not add texture to character or move the plot along, the work falls short of its mark.
Attendees will spend the morning exploring ways to deepen the use of detail, motif, and metaphor in their fiction. In addition to reading short stories in advance of the workshop by Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, and Eudora Welty, participants will be guided in class through excerpts of pieces by Jensen Beach, Anthony Doerr, Joy Williams, and others.
After examining the pearls and perils of abstraction, attendees will generate short scenes to practice their new skills, which the instructor will give feedback on during an open reading portion of the workshop.
The afternoon portion of the workshop will encompass an instructor-led group critique of short manuscripts submitted in advance by attendees.
+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript of the first 1,000-words of a piece they are working on by no later than 9:00 a.m. on March 2. Please email the manuscripts as attachments to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject line: “PALONI WORKSHOP MSS.” *Word files are preferred, but you may also send a PDF.
Jodi Paloni is the debut author of the linked story collection, They Could Live With Themselves, runner up for the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short 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 literary 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. A former Vermont resident, she relocated to Pemaquid, Maine where she works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach. She teaches at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. VISIT jodipaloni.com/
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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 February 27 at 9:00 a.m.
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