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Do you have the instinct of a writer but your subject eludes you? Have you written many pieces but not the story you were born to tell? Does your subject feel too big, too vague, or perhaps too difficult to confront? Do you want to write about the past but fictionalize it? Using published examples, writing exercises, lively discussion, and inspiring instruction, 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 fresh inspiration to energize new and existing work.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Laura Oliver

Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Random House), named by The Writer Magazine as one of the best writing books of the year, and additionally selected by Poets and Writers Magazine as one of the best writing books ever published. Oliver's fiction and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines and top-tier literary reviews including The Washington Post, Country Living Magazine, Glimmer Train Stories, The Baltimore Review, Rosebud, and Redux. Among other distinctions, 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 inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Collection. Oliver holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington College, and has completed writing seminars in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa.


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