Are you a writer? Would you like to write? Indulge yourself in a motivating day of creative thought, and explore the art of writing as expression in its many forms, at the Aspiring Writers Conference at Brookdale’s main Lincroft campus on Friday, June 24.
A great opportunity to learn from accomplished writing and teaching professionals!
Morning Workshop: Writing Your Life, with author Laura McCullough
Writers often hear that they should “show, don’t tell,” and “write what you know.” Whether writing memoir, fiction, or poetry, it sounds as if these would work, but there’s more to it. Using generative writing exercises, we will practice techniques to discover what you don’t already know about your own story, and explore meaning and connections in your memories as you learn how to deepen stories, poems, or essays you may already have in process. We’ll look at writers whose work can offer guidance, and we’ll consider how finding the right way into a story and developing a structure that works will make your story come alive for others.
Laura McCullough’s essays, memoirs, stories, and poetry have appeared widely in places such as The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review, Guernica, Pank, Gulf Coast, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has several books of poems and prose including most recently Jersey Mercy and an edited anthology, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race.
Afternoon Workshop: It Happened to Me, with author Mary Elizabeth Williams
We will discuss the current popularity of first-person features and how publications use first-person writers. What happens when you bare your soul for publication? It can be a career stepping stone – or a public humiliation. The challenge for writers is knowing what makes a story compelling, how much to give, who to give it to, and how to handle what comes of sharing your story.
Mary Elizabeth Williams has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and numerous other publications. She is the author of A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles, a memoir of her experience as a Stage 4 cancer patient in a groundbreaking clinical trial.
The conference runs from 10 AM to 3 PM and includes a light lunch. The fee is $75 and enrollment is limited. To register or learn more, please phone 732-224-2315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To register online, visit http://www.brookdalecc.edu/continuinged/search-and-register/