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Burgeoning writers are often told by well-meaning teachers to “write what you know,” but it is often in the realms of what we don’t know that we can find and foster our most intriguing stories. Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree and Border Child, knew very little about the lived experiences of illegal immigrants when she began writing a novel (and then a second novel) on that subject. Michel will draw from her own writing life as an instructive case study in research-based fiction writing and share....Find out more »
This poetry workshop offers an overview of the nearly 700-year history of haiku, including many instructive examples, as well as opportunity for participants to craft their own haiku through writing exercises and critiques. The aim of the workshop is to demystify and rediscover haiku. Haiku is often explained in the language of Zen or by the syllable count. Poet Miho Kinnas approaches the form in a way that illustrates the wider and more ...Find out more »