Getting Started: Creative Writing

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In this seven-week workshop, beginning writers will have the chance to explore three different genres: memoir writing, short fiction, and poetry. Each week participants will be given a writing assignment and several readings, to be followed by a critique of each participants’ assignment. Participants will learn about voice, point of view, dialogue, description, imagery, and sound. By the end of this workshop, everyone will have written one personal memoir, one short-short story, and two original poems, and have developed a greater understanding of their own writing interests. Note: No meeting on November 27.

About Elizabeth Rees

Elizabeth Rees, M.A. is the author of the poetry collection Every Root a Branch (2014). Three of her four poetry chapbooks are award winners, most recently Tilting Gravity (2009). Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her poems have been widely published in journals, including Partisan Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and Agni. She has taught at Harvard University, Boston University, Macalester College, Howard University, the U.S. Naval Academy, and in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, among other schools. A workshop leader at The Writer’s Center since 1989, she has also been a poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council since 1994. She has served as a consulting writer and editor to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums’ Traveling Exhibitions, and PBS.

Teaching style: Liz is relaxed and interactive. She believes students learn best when they are actively involved and when the atmosphere is fun yet rigorous.


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