Poet’s Tools for Fiction and Nonfiction (with Rachel Howard)

Rachel Howard




SUNDAY, AUGUST 20  |  In an eye-opening craft essay, the poet Tony Hoagland identifies three “power centers” that poets work from: Image, Diction, and Rhetoric. Hoagland’s essay may be pitched to poets, but getting in touch with these “power centers” can be ransformative for prose writers, too. In this short but substantive one-day class for memoirists, essayists, and fiction writers, we’ll closely read and thoroughly digest Hoagland’s article, then apply it to the widely-loved Annie Dillard essay, “Living Like Weasels.” Examining your own work, you’ll consider whether your writing is currently strongest in Image, Diction, or Rhetoric. And you’ll experiment, via in-class exercises, with strengthening the “power centers” you’ve neglected. This class is not a “kick-back” experience; you will be asked to read closely and think deeply. But the power gained in your prose writing can lead to significant breakthroughs.

Rachel Howard is the author of a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night. Her personal essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Waxwing, Arroyo Literary Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, Berfrois, Canteen, The New York Times “Draft” series, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College, and later served there as interim director of undergraduate creative writing. She has also taught in the MFA program of Saint Mary’s College. More on Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com.

Contact: rachelhoward@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Date: Sunday, August 20

Course fee: $75

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