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Date: Jun 11, 2007
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM AND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION PRESENT THE 33RD ANNUAL SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOPS, JULY 9 TO 20Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY ... Hofstra University's English Department - and specifically its Creative Writing Program - and University College for Continuing Education, will present the 33rd Annual Summer Writing Workshops, July 9 to 20, 2007.
The Summer Writing Workshops operate on the principle that true writing talent may be developed, nurtured and encouraged by writer-in-residence mentors. Through instruction, discussion, criticism and free exchange among the workshop participants, writers begin to find their voice and their style. The workshops provide group and individual sessions for each writer.
The Summer Writing Workshops include a banquet, guest speakers, and exposure to authors such as previous guest teachers Oscar Hijuelos, Robert Olen Butler (both Pulitzer Prize winners), Maurice Sendak, Cynthia Ozick, Nora Sayre and Denise Levertov. Often, agents, editors and publishers make presentations during the workshops, and authors and students read from published work and works in progress. These presentations and the banquet offer additional opportunities to meet informally with participants, master writers and guest speakers.
Workshops are offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and may be taken on a noncredit or credit (graduate or undergraduate) basis. Participation in the program allows students to participate in
*Group and individual sessions, totaling more than 35 contact hours in a genuine workshop environment.
*The opportunity to earn three semester hours credit in two weeks.
*Author, editor and publishing executive readings and presentations.
*Participation in group readings.
*Opportunities to read your work to an audience.
*Writers-in-residence available for informal discussions.
*Lodging in residence halls (additional fee).
*Daily continental breakfast and July 19 banquet.
Non-credit participant tuition is $495 for the two-week, 10-session workshop. Students who want to take the program for undergraduate or graduate credit must contact Professor Richard Pioreck in the English Department at Richard.J.Pioreck@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-0258. A $75 UCCE facilities fee will be added to other tuition/fees.
For registration and all other information on the 33rd Annual Summer Writing Workshops call (516) 463-5993 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Information and an online brochure are available at www.hofstra.edu/ucce/summerwriting
This year's workshops and mentors include:
What is a poem? How does an idea become a poem? This workshop attempts to discover how a poem comes to be. Image, prosody, and other aspects and elements of poetry are explored and developed through reading contemporary poetry and through in-class exercises, workshop presentations and peer review. In this workshop, the lively atmosphere encourages writers to harness their creative impulses so that the art of their poetry grows as they master the demands of the craft.
Poet Julie Sheehan won the Barnard Women Poets Prize for her second book, "Orient Point," which was recently published by W.W. Norton. Other honors include the Poets Out Loud Prize for her first book, Thaw, the Poetry Society of Americas Robert H. Winner Prize and The Paris Reviews Bernard F. Conners Prize. Her poems have appeared in "Parnassus," "Raritan," "Salmagundi," "Ploughshares," "Prairie Schooner," "Southwest Review," "Kenyon Review" and "Yale Review," among many others. Her work has been anthologized, most recently in "The Best American Poetry 2005" and "180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day."
A writer begins with a notion of a scene or a character, and nourishes and bombards it with what if questions. As the questions are incrementally answered, characters develop and the plot reveals the secrets of the story. This workshop allows writers to practice the craft and develop the skills all writers need. Exercises, discussion, and peer review and critique allow participants to grow in an atmosphere where feedback given to each writer
aids all writers in attendance.
Patricia Horvath's stories have appeared in "Shenandoah," "Puerto del Sol," "Iron Horse" and numerous other literary magazines. She received awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the New York Times Foundation, Hedgebrook Writers Colony and The Millay Colony for the Arts. Ms. Horvath lives in New York City, teaches at Hofstra University, and is a fiction editor at "The Massachusetts Review."
WRITING FOR CHILDREN
Brian J. Heinz
Writing for children is a demanding task of literary skill and creativity. Children's books have a lion's share of the market, covering a wide array of age groups and genres, each with particular constraints. This workshop will explore plot, voice, characterization, setting, dialogue, physical and contextual frameworks, conflict, sensory detail, genres, figurative language, and the use of verse and prose. We will also examine work habits, the submission process, the business side of writing and agents, with an overview of the publishing process.
Brian Heinz is a critically acclaimed writer of nonfiction and fiction, in both prose and verse. His picture book "The Monsters Test" was a CBC/IRA Children's Choice. "The Wolves" was an Editors Choice and received rave reviews from "Kirkus," which called it, an exquisite story of the wild,while Booklist said it rings with deep understanding and reverence for the natural world. "Nanuk: Lord of the Ice" won a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and "Butternut Hollow Pond" was named Outstanding Childrens Science Trade Book by the CBC/IRA and the National Science Teachers Association. He is a member of SCBWI and a co-chair of the Long Island Children's Writers and Illustrators since 1992.
WRITING VARIETIES OF NONFICTION
Explore the ways a writer can make sense of the world - investigating, analyzing and interpreting it. All aspects of nonfiction, including the memoir, are considered. The elements of the craft are examined and employed not only to develop these skills, but also to provide the means for the writer to educate and entertain the reader. Each class allows participants to present their work in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere, and receive feedback to help them master their skills and grow in the craft.
Editor, journalist, writer and actor Andrew Salomon lives in Brooklyn. At present, he is the news editor of "BackStage." For the past two decades, he has worked for The Washington Post, Newsday, The New York Post and The New York Daily News, serving as an editor and writing articles on topics from sports to Boris Karloff, to the political ambitions of the mayor of New Paltz, New York. His screenplay "New York Mercury" is about communication and the news media.
Explore the process of writing a screenplay - from the initial inspiration through the final draft. Examine the elements of successful screenplays: effective story structures, vibrant characters, sharp dialogue, compelling beginnings and persuasive climaxes. Watch and analyze movies to see what works and what doesnt. Students' story concepts are discussed, outlines are constructed and screenplays are written. Overall, this workshop emphasizes developing the tools necessary to most effectively craft rough ideas into polished work.
Paul Zimmerman currently teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop. He wrote the screenplay for "A Modern Affair" (Audience Award winner at the Long Island Film Festival). He spent several years as screenwriter-in-residence for Tribe Pictures, and has written screenplays for many other companies. His play "Pigs and Bugs" received a staged reading at the New York Public Theater, and was produced by the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles. His monodrama "Reno" was seen in New York at the West Bank Cafe, Under Acme, the Tweed Ensemble Festival of New Works and at other colleges and performance spaces nationwide.
WRITING GENRE FICTION
Reed Farrel Coleman
Learn the tricks of the trade from this multiple award-winning author and editor, and executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. This workshop helps develop and hone fiction writing skills with a particular emphasis on writing for the genre markets. Learn how to get an agent's attention and how to create a product that demands publication. Sessions develop routine, process and, most importantly, an editorial eye and ear. Guest speakers visit class during the sessions and share their hard-learned lessons with participants.
Reed Farrel Coleman, current executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He began writing poetry in high school but switched to crime fiction after college, and has published seven novels. His sixth, "The James Deans," won the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony Awards for Best Paperback Original of 2005, and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, and Gumshoe Awards. He edited the short story anthology "Hardboiled Brooklyn." His essays and short stories appear in "Wall Street Noir," "These Guns for Hire," "Damn Near Dead," "Dublin Noir," "Plots With Guns," "Brooklyn Noir 3," and "Crime Spree Magazine." "Soul Patch," the sequel to "The James Deans," will be published in May 2007.
July 19, 1 to 3 p.m.: Banquet, featuring Living The Writing Life: A Talk By Irish Novelist Tom Phelan
Tom Phelan, internationally acclaimed author of "The Canal Bridge," "In the Season of the Daisies," "Iscariot," and "Derrycloney," has also written for Newsday, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society, and the St. Mihiel Trip-wire, the online newsletter of the Great War Society. Tom Phelan wrote fiction for 15 years before his first novel, "In the Season of the Daisies," was published. "In the Season of the Daisies" received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover Award.
Richard Pioreck, co-director of the Summer Writing Workshops, is a Dramatist Guild member whose produced plays include: "Say It Aint So," "Joe," "Nicolette and Aucassin" (book and lyrics), "This Is It!," "How I Came To Be" and "Grocery Encounters." "Winesburg" (book and lyrics) - based on Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, as well as the screenplay for "Green," based on "The Merry Wives of Windsor," are in development. He has also acted and directed off-off-Broadway and performed in independent films. He is a member of the Hofstra University creative writing faculty.