Optional one day events lead by experienced writers with an exciting variety of conceptual and crafting skills to teach.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Write the Truth, But With Compassion

Creative writing uses all sorts of techniques and tools, uses the intimacy and intensity of memoir, the confessional power of a first person essay, the disruptive surprise of humor. In this day long workshop we’ll generate new writing and then share our pieces-in-progress and discuss them in a helpful, constructive manner. We’ll look at sections of short stories, essays, journalism, novels, and comics. We’ll read bits of plays out loud, and explore the brilliance of Mary Karr, Adam Haslett, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jon Krakauer, Mary Gaitskill and others, examining the structure of good work in the way a carpenter might study a beautiful house. Good writing makes its own rules, it uses lists, stretches of pure dialogue, reportage, inherited knowledge, experience, naval gazing, and hard won observation. Most writers I’ve encountered need multiple drafts, and when the work succeeds it does so because the author gets a little obsessed. The best writing can and should come right at us, should defy our expectations. By the end of the day we’ll have made some new good work of our own.

MATTHEW KLAM is the author of the novel, Who Is Rich?, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the acclaimed short story collection Sam the Cat. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Robert WBingham Prize, a Whiting Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts. His writing has been featured in such places as The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The O’Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction.

Immediately preceding the ND weekend!
9:00AM – 5:00PM
COST: $250

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LOCATION: Residence Inn by Marriott Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
For hotel reservations, call 703-413-6630.
Request the group rate for “Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis”
Pay parking at hotel on a first-come first-served basis.
Nearest Metro station: Pentagon City, three blocks away.

Glimpses of previous workshops are here.