Fiction and Nonfiction

Teen Workshop

What makes good writing?

What separates good stories from boring stories? How can you be sure your voice in unique? In this class we will talk about style, structure, character, and plot, and we will take all that we traditionally know about writing and we will turn that on its head. The instructor will show many examples of books that were written differently, books that are unapologetically themselves, and books that struggle inside neat categories. We live in an era where experimental writing methods are no longer niche or avant guard. Writers lately have been exploding onto the page with not only their content, but their structures, words, and even their genre-bending that have changed what it means to communicate on the page.  This workshop will meet every other week, giving students enough time to polish what they've written in class (or something new) to bring to our next class to be read and workshopped with their peers. 

Alternate Mondays :: 4:00 - 5:30 :: May 6th - June 17th.

8 week course that meets 4 times :: $75.

This workshop will be taught by Cathy Borders. She holds an MFA in Writing and Fiction and has been published.

About this teaching artist:

Cathy Borders is the Program Director here at The Republic of Letters. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York and a Bachelor’s in English literature and theory from the University of Iowa. Cathy thinks of writing differently, as something much more interesting, much more important than a thing you produce for money. She’s the author of A Suburb of Monogamy, an experimental novel about the invention, withdrawal, and body of a liaison. She’s now working on her second novel, a young adult fantasy whose raison d'être is emotional clarity and connection, as well as a comprehensive book on using the tarot to write fiction. Her chapbook, Robin Williams Is My Uncle, is out in the wild weeds of publishing right now, we'll see if she's lucky. 

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