The deadline for enrolling in the Clarion West One-Day Workshop that I'll be giving in Seattle on February 21 is February 2. If you're a writer interested in honing your understanding of narrative or are having problems with a particular story (or both), this workshop is absolutely for you. When I offered it last year, I was pleased at how hard we all worked and surprised by how intense and far-ranging our conversations were. The format provided ample space for moving between the particulars of the stories we critiqued and more general narrative issues and techniques that form part of the working writer's landscape.
Here's the official description for the workshop:
Many first-rate, well-published writers take time out of their busy
writing lives to attend critique workshops with their peers. Why? First,
critiques from a variety of readers give writers insight into how the
words they’ve put on the page are being transformed into the stories
that unfold in their readers’ heads. And second, participation in
critique groups enables writers to sharpen their understanding of
technical issues. This workshop will offer insight into how others are
reading your story and help make it into the story you would like them
to be reading.
Students who enroll in this workshop will be asked to submit a piece
of writing in advance, which will be distributed for critique by a
subgroup of the class. All students’ works will be critiqued by both the
instructor and several other students. Over the course of the day,
attention will be given not only to the stories being critiqued but also
to the critique process; techniques for reading critically and for
communicating effectively will be covered. Because of the intensely
interactive nature of this particular workshop, and to ensure that all
students receive adequate attention, enrollment is limited to 12
If you're interested in attending, here's the URL you need: http://www.clarionwest.org/workshops/oneday/how-to-read-as-a-writer-2/.