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Putting the Pen to the Page: Beginning Your Novel

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

“A first line should open up your rib cage. It should reach in and twist your heart backward. It should suggest that the world will never be the same again.” – Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer

In an attempt to model craft techniques used by accomplished authors, this class will utilize published excerpts and in-class writing prompts to begin the process of transforming a vague concept or character sketch into the first pages of a novel manuscript. This exercise-based half-day seminar is designed for fiction writers of all levels and genres. Please come to class ready to write and with at least one novel idea or character in mind. If you have already begun drafting, please bring the first ten pages as well.

About the Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of the young adult novels INVISIBLE FAULT LINES (2016) and FINGERPRINTS OF YOU (2012), both published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Hailed by Judy Blume as “A remarkable young novelist,” Madonia was the 2012 D. H. Lawrence Fellow, and her short fiction has appeared in such publications as the Greensboro Review, Five Chapters, the New Orleans Review, and American Fiction. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Hambidge Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, VCCA, Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She was the 2010 recipient of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival award and the 2008 recipient of the Key West Literary Seminar’s Marianne Russo Fellowship. She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach and teaches creative writing at James Madison University, Goochland County High School, WriterHouse and the Key West Literary Seminar; she also serves as a Faculty Mentor with the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

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April 21, 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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