July 27 – August 1, 2020
Director, Walden Woods
Young Writers Workshop
Fiction: Object Lessons
In this workshop, we’ll study and interact with a variety of physical objects and develop our ability to use sharply observed details about the things we live with to create a textured world that feels authentic and lends substance and nuance to our characters. We will write a sequence of short pieces using our objects and that will culminate in a complete flash fiction story.
Jared Green is the founder and director of the Walden Woods Young Writers Workshop体育投注在线. When not working with young writers he is an author and professor of English literature and creative writing at Stonehill College. He earned his PhD in comparative literature at Brown University and has published scholarship on modernist literature and early cinema in numerous peer-reviewed journals and anthologies in the US, France, and Canada. His poetry has appeared in Waccamaw and Tiny Seed and his fiction in Quiddity, The Write Launch, New Limestone Review, and The Stardust Review. He is a 2021 Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction and a recipient of a 2019 Gurney Norman Fiction Prize. His work has been recognized by the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing with a 2019 MVICW Fellowship and by the state of Rhode Island with a Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship.
Please contact Jared at Jared_Green@docteurgolf.com with any questions about the Walden Woods Young Writers Workshop.
Screenwriting is an intensive workshop experience for writers interested in exploring the art and craft of screenwriting, a format that requires saying much with very little. A mixture of haiku and playwriting, the screenplay requires strong visual language, an acute ear for dialogue, and a willingness to accept that, ultimately, a screenplay is a blueprint for the visual medium of film.
We’ll spend the week studying the wide variety of techniques and theories around the practice via class readings and the study of successful shorts and feature films.
体育投注在线 Participants will craft their own short screenplay by the end of the week to be shared at a community table reading.
Justin Bull is a screenwriter and director who earned his MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute and has been a film instructor at Concord Academy for thirteen years, teaching a wide variety of production courses as well as Screenwriting. When not teaching, he’s writing screenplays and directing short films. Two of his feature screenplays, Little Rituals and A Banquet, are slated for production in 2020.
Kyra Wilson Cook
Prose Poetry: Lyric an’ Time: A Bit of Poetry to Bolster Your Prose
体育投注在线People respond to the rhythm and hum of life. Music is for dancing and singing, sure, but it is also illuminating and enlightening. The rise and fall of the sentences you write can draw a reader in or kick a reader out. And so? What’s your tempo? Let’s find out! In this workshop, we will read poetry to explore how rhythm and words come together to make prose stories pleasurable to read.
Fiction: Seen and Unseen: A Speculative Story Workshop
Put a prism up to white light and it will split that light into a rainbow. Both are true: the visible and the invisible. It’s the same for Speculative Fiction: fantastical stories take a prism to the “real” world to show exactly what we’ve been missing and all the truths hidden behind the obvious. This workshop will help you identify what you know to be true, and how to build stories and worlds around that truth. The more your worlds dazzle, the more truths they should tell.
Kyra Wilson Cook is an author and teacher who enjoys writing stories that explore the thin veil between this world and the worlds beyond.
Kyra has published two novellas: The Patron of the Meadowlark Inn (2017) and Hewitt & Sons (2018). She has written several short stories and her novel-in-progress is a soul- punk cop thriller set in her hometown. When not writing fiction, Kyra hosts events for Acton’s independent bookstore and runs the MetroWest Writers Guild for other writers in the area.
A proud Marylander, Kyra earned her BA in Political Science and Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County before earning her M.Ed in Teaching & Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She’s also an accomplished knitter, embroiderer, and home cook.
Podcasting: Live Stories
体育投注在线This workshop focuses on oral storytelling using both improvisation and digital recording. We will practice using audio software to intersperse interviews with sound and music clips. Each student will create a 3-5 minute podcast on a topic of their choosing.
Creative Non-Fiction: Experimental Writing
Students in this workshop will experiment with form and structure while writing creative nonfiction. Like the creatures they’re named after, hermit crab essays borrow the forms they inhabit. Students will explore the hermit crab essay by using unexpected forms such as recipes, poems, personal ads, and how-to manuals to reveal something new and unusual under their stories’ surfaces.
Kirsten Hoyte earned her BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MFA from the University of Iowa as well as an MA from Harvard University. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in various literary journals including the Minnesota Review, The Harvard Review, and Sojourner Magazine. In February 2006, Akashic Books published Black Marks, her first novel, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and won the Astraea Foundation Prize for Fiction. She is currently an English teacher at Concord Academy.
Fiction: Settings as Character
体育投注在线In these sessions, we’ll do a deep dive into how setting functions as a character. You’ll be able to apply this to your essays, screenplays, prose, or poetry. We will focus on how settings establish mood, stir up memories, enforce character differences, and communicate the thematic architecture of a work. Each setting offers a particular poetics of space. We’ll work to examine what the established drama attached to these various settings might be and find ways to invert, complicate, and reinvent those spaces so that they make your work feel fresh and engaging.
Andrew Stevens has taught creative writing with Teach for America in Mississippi, produced literary magazines with teens at the Sunflower County Freedom Project, and currently teaches English at Concord Academy. Before arriving in Concord, he served as an editor for The Black Warrior Review. While earning his MFA in fiction writing at the University of Alabama, he taught undergraduates in beginning and upper level writing workshops. He also worked with the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project and taught a class on speculative writing to men in a maximum-security prison. He has recently completed his first novel, Highway Gothic, and he occasionally publishes reviews of comics and film on various pop culture sites.