Are you ready to write but don’t know what to write about? Does your subject feel too big, too vague, or perhaps too complex to identify? Should the approach to your subject be memoir or fiction? Do you want to write about the past but fictionalize it? Uncertain where to begin? Using published examples, writing exercises, and lively discussion, this workshop will distill from memory and imagination the story you are meant to write. Perfect for new writers wishing to explore and for more advanced writers seeking to energize new and existing work.
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About Laura J. Oliver
Laura J. Oliver, MFA, is an award-winning developmental book editor and writing coach, who has taught writing at the University of Maryland and St. John’s College. She is the author of The Story Within (Penguin Random House), named by “Poets and Writers Magazine” as one of the best writing books ever published. Oliver delights in teaching others to write successful short stories, novels, memoirs, creative nonfiction articles and personal essays. Oliver’s own fiction and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines and top-tier literary reviews such as The Washington Post, Country Living Magazine, The Writer Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Baltimore Review and Glimmer Train. She guides writers through the submission process, editing successful query letters and proposals and many of her clients have landed book contracts with major traditional publishers such as Simon and Schuster. Co-creator of The Writing Intensive at St. John’s College, she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, an Anne Arundel County Arts Council Literary Arts Award winner, a two-time Glimmer Train Short Fiction finalist, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more information: www.thestorywithin.com
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