STORY: Imbuing the Primordial Muck of Narrative with the Elegant Architecture of Story with Maureen Dunphy: Maureen Dunphy’s studio (Registrants are privy to location), Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7pm. Special January 4-class session for $75.
Prerequisite: Springfed Arts prose workshop “Getting There from Here”
Whether you’re writing a short story or a novel, a memoir or personal essay, a newspaper column or a blog, what attracts readers to your writing is your ability to deliver the elements of story (or not). You may have read that “recent breakthroughs in neuroscience reveal that [the human] brain is hardwired to respond to story.” But what turns a narrative, a mere account of events, into a successfully gripping story? What makes your readers forget they’re reading and instead feel they are experiencing the story firsthand? Join a limited workshop group interested in practicing the “7C’s” of story shaping. Transform your “stories at work” to stories that work.
Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines: Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor. Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services.