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All Jokes Aside with Michelle Mikolajczyk
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There’s nothing funny about poetry. Poems should bring out a poet’s deepest, darkest emotions – pining over unrequited love, troubled childhoods, and living a life that could be curtailed by death at any moment.

Most of us have been taught that the topics above are what make a good poem, but what about the other sides of human experience: laughter, embarrassment, or petty regret? They make pretty great topics for poems too, once the poet escapes the minefield of comedy riddled with clichés ready to blow your credibility to smithereens. 

Don’t worry, there’s an app for that… or a 4-week crash course complete with a 3-step program: 1. Explore and evaluate effectiveness of humorous poems in contemporary visual and spoken settings. 2. Understand and discuss what forms of humor are appropriate and manageable in the short form. 3. Construct a serious but funny poem.

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September 15, 2014 - October15, 2014

 

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Build 'Em Up Write with Ren Knerr
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Strong characterisation and believable characters are vital elements to any good story. While there may be myriad number of different plots a writer can use alongside any type of chosen genre, this alone won't necessarily make a story interesting, nor keep a reader engaged. In order to create work that stands out from the crowd, writers must come up with compelling and memorable characters. It doesn't matter if they're good or bad or in between, characters must be built up so that they seem REAL.

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September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014

 

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"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Creating Memorable Dialogue with Erin Gessell
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Dialogue is tricky. It often sounds stilted and unnatural. Characters can go off on tangents and rants and lose an audience. This course will focus on writing dialogue that can drive a story and develop character both with what is being said and what is happening between the lines. 
 

4-Week Course

October 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014

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My name is Erin Darby Gesell. I am a writer, personal trainer, triathlete, yogi, and lover of chocolate, puppies, and all things fictional from Omaha, Nebraska. My emphasis in Creative Writing is in the Young Adult genre but I have also written for a few women’s blogs and non-fiction magazines.

I write because the best worlds I have ever traveled to have been those in stories. If I could create a book that even just one reader never wants to end, then all the hours at my desk are worthwhile. I write because my characters are real people waiting to be born, waiting for me to give them a voice. Even the nasty ones.

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Archetypes, Tropes, and Clichés: Make the Ordinary Unique with Haley Isleib
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Archetypes, Tropes, and Clichés: Make the Ordinary Unique

What does it mean when someone calls a story “trope-y”? Are clichés always bad? Are archetypes always necessary? If you’re writing any kind of fiction, you’ve probably heard all of these terms at some point. You may have encountered conflicting definitions, or gotten feedback on your writing that has included these terms. How can you take that feedback and make use of it? How can you use these concepts in the early stages of drafting your work? Together we’ll explore these concepts and develop a framework for utilizing these ideas in writing and revision.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this four-week intensive course, we will examine these terms and look at how usage of the terms has evolved to their most common use in story building today. Participants will come away with a new character profile and ideas about how to twist tropes & clichés until they break into something new.

October 31 - November 28, 2016

CLASS OBJECTIVES

*Learn how to define and identify these features in stories.

*Learn about resources that can help going forward.

*Practice transforming a cliché into a more complex character or plot device.

*Develop an archetypal character profile without cliché.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1

We will start by exploring the definitions of the terms archetypes, tropes, and clichés. Our initial discussion forum will invite students to share their current ideas about these terms. Then we will examine the most common current usage. 

Week 2

Using what we learned in the first week, we’ll practice taking pre-selected clichéd characters and twisting them around into something new; we’ll also practice taking a common plot element and turning it upside down. 

Week 3

We’ll look at what happens when clichés become stereotypes and discuss how stereotypes can damage a story’s credibility. We’ll identify resources that can help writers avoid the major pitfalls. 

Week 4

For our final week, you will develop an archetypal character, then shift the character to a cliché, using the tools you’ve learned so far to shift it to unique. 

ABOUT HALEY ISLEIB

Haley Isleib is writer and filmmaker in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Plasm and Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon, and her script Drones & Drivers won the Feature Script category at the Other Worlds Austin screenwriting competition in 2015, her short films have screened in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the recipient of a fellowship from Oregon’s Literary Arts, Inc. She has studied writing for children and young adults with Bonny Becker at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and graduated in December 2016 from Antioch Los Angeles’ MFA in Creative Writing program. She is fond of robots and cats.

 
 
 
 

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