In this variation of Variations in Prose, we will closely examine the way different elements give organic shape to a story. We’ll read outside works of memoir, essay, and fiction with an eye for what elements a writer used to hold the narrative together–and then we’ll read our own works with a similar eye, and work on revising especially unruly drafts with shape in mind. This is a workshop that will focus on revision, reorganization, and invention. You’ll bring an unruly draft of writing to each workshop (does not have to be the same every time) and we’ll also work on creating a new piece in workshop with the skeleton of a beginning, middle, and end.
This energetic, engaging prose writing class will name and examine the unique strengths of fictional or fact-based prose. It will offer guidance to further texture your work into full, developed stories by exploring the murky and extensive waters of prose – of fiction and non-fiction, and all the places in-between. This class boasts a small core of talented regulars. Thus, you receive not only expert instruction from the instructor, but from exceedingly engaged and thoughtful fellow writers. It’s a wonderful class for people looking to create a strong writing community.
Miah Arnold, PhD, is the director of Grackle and Grackle. She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years through Houston non-profits including Inprint, Writers in the Schools, and Aurora Picture Show as well as University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, and Georgia College. Her essay “You Owe Me” about working for M.D. Anderson via Writers in the Schools was selected by Best American Essays in 2012. Her first novel, Sweet Land of Bigamy, was published in 2012.