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How to Turn Your Idea into a Novel: Linking Theme, Plot, and Character
Story ideas are a dime a dozen, but the process of turning an idea into a long-form project, with characters, plot, and theme, requires tools beyond inspiration. This six-week course will combine lecture with in-class and out-of-class exercises to give students techniques for taking the seed of a novel idea and growing into a full-fledged plan. This class is appropriate for students at any level or step of novel writing. Whether you just have the first glimmerings of an idea or a full, finished draft, this class will help you take your novel to the next stage of development.

This class is taught by Linnea Hartsuyker.

Course dates: July 27-August 31, Saturdays 11am-12:30pm
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The Dog Must Die: Plotting the Short Story
Crafting the modern short story takes a bit of magic and luck, and a lot of sweat and sometimes tears. But a number of specific principles can be applied to help create a story: from moment-by-moment descriptions, engaging the senses, close attention to voice and word choice, to ending the opposite way you begin. Knowing and following these principles will help in a successful execution of the short story. No actual dogs will be harmed in this lecture/discussion based course; the title of which is a riff of Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat." This course is taught by Steve Bargdill. Course dates: July 27-August 31, Saturdays 1pm-2:30pm
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Unleashing the Poet Within
In writing and revising poems, I found that I'm able to express hardships, loss, joy and a multitude of emotions that were otherwise hard to express. In learning how to write poetry, one can find a version of themselves that one may not have been aware of. In this lecture/discussion based course, participants will gain an understanding of poetical tone, imagery, and rhyme schemes. And we will work to develop a literary voice unique to yourself. Poetic expression can be one of the more liberating endeavors in one’s life. This course is taught by Shane Morin. Course dates:  July 27-August 31, Saturdays 3pm-4:30pm
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The Cocheco River Writers Workshop meets once a week on Wednesdays beginning July 31 and ending on September 4 from 6:30pm to 8pm  at The Freethinker’s Corner Bookstore. Participants will provide a short story between 3000 and 8000 words through the application process. All accepted participants will read two stories a week, and stories will be workshopped for logic, form, technique, voice, etc towards the goal of sending a revised story publication.

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Unless otherwise stated, classes have a 20 person cap.

All fees are nonrefundable and must be paid prior to attendance.