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Join us for the Summer Writer’s Craft Shop at New Canaan Library, a new series of fun and engaging seminars that offer writing experiences for those interested in trying their hand at the writer’s craft. During June and July, writing instructor Julia Strayer will teach four Wednesday evening craft shops on important writing elements necessary for story creation.

In addition, author Elon Green, Last Call: The True Story of Love, Lust and Murder in Queer NY, and award-winning poet, Shanna Melton, will hold two separate Saturday morning programs to fill out the writer’s repertoire of skills. Please read through the program options. Writers of all levels are welcome, and participants may register for all, or a few. Register today and do not miss this exciting opportunity to hone your writing skills.

How to Interview For Your Book, Article, Memoir

Taught by Elon Green

6/12 (Saturday) 11:00 AM

What is the first step, second step, third step, etc. of doing a successful interview? How do you decide who to research, who is the right person to interview? How do you get reluctant people to talk, what is “on the record, off the record?” Laura Cavers, Readers Advisor at New Canaan Library, will ask Elon Green his process of the interview, what tactics did he employ to talk with police officers, detectives, and the family and friends of the victims to gather the information he needed to complete his astonishing true crime novel.

The Importance of a Strong Story Arc

Taught by Julia Strayer

6/16 (Wednesday) 6:30 PM

Narrative story arcs can be both 3 and 5 point arcs, but that is not enough to create a compelling story. Characters, setting, symbolism, and morals are some of other elements that a writer must consider. Julia Strayer will discuss the writing elements that make strong stories resonate with readers. This class is #1 of a 4-part Writer’s Craft Shop Summer Series. Come ready to write; much of your time together includes in-class writing exercises and discussion.

The Importance of POV in Writing

Taught by Julia Strayer

6/30 (Wednesday) 6:30 PM

What is POV (Point of View) in writing and why is it so important? Would your story be better told in 3rd person versus 1st person? When and how is 2nd person used in creative writing? Certain POV’s can limit the writer and truncate their narratives. Julia Strayer will highlight the differences of POV to help you understand how to use it effectively in your writing. This class is #2 of a 4-part Writer’s Craftshop Summer Series. Come ready to write; much of your time together includes in-class writing exercises and discussion.

How Dialogue Aids the Storyline

Taught by Julia Strayer

7/14 (Wednesday) 6:30 PM

Dialogue in creative writing is more than a conversation between characters; it is a character builder, a plot line mover, and it gives the story a sense of place and setting. Julia Strayer will demonstrate how dialogue evokes emotions; slang, dialect, inflection and the physical manners of the speaker makes the narrative more active and real. This class is #3 of a 4-part Writer’s Craftshop Summer Series. Come ready to write, much of your time together includes in-class writing exercises and discussion.

Learn How to Write Flash Fiction

Taught by Julia Strayer

7/28 (Wednesday) 6:30 PM

Join Julia Strayer in this fun class on the new and emerging genre of Flash Fiction. Learn how to condense your 5-page short story to just 500 – 600 words. Included in this session will be a look at which elements should be left in, and which should be cut out, and how to be more descriptive using one word instead of five. This genre is fun to attempt and difficult to execute, but a worthy craft to learn. This class is #4 of a 4-part Writer’s Craftshop Summer Series. Come ready to write, much of your time together includes in-class writing exercises and discussion.

Poetry Immersion Session

Taught by Shanna Melton

7/24 (Saturday) 10:00 AM

The definition of poetry is: “literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.” [Encyclopedia Britannica]

Learn what poetry can be for you in a special session with Shanna Melton, award winning poet, painter and popular writing instructor of the Writer’s Group at New Canaan Library.

Shanna will motivate your creative process with exercises and prompts; this is perfect for people who love words and want a community to share new ideas and new work.

Julia Strayer

BA in Journalism, MBA, MFA

Julia Strayer has stories in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Post Road, SmokeLong Quarterly, Mid-American Review and others, including The Best Small Fictions 2015. She teaches creative writing at New York University. www.juliastrayer.com

Elon Green

Author, Writer, Editor

Elon Green has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Awl, and New York. He is anthologized in Sarah Weinman’s Unspeakable Acts. He may also be found at Longform, where he has been an editor since 2011. Elon Green lives in NY City; fun fact: Elon grew up in New Canaan, CT.

Shanna T. Melton

Poet, Painter, Art Consultant

Shanna T. Melton is an award winning Poet, Painter and Art Consultant from Bridgeport, CT. Performing, exhibiting and creating performance venues since 1997 has offered great opportunities to share her work with diverse communities.

 

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