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Craft Talks At 826michigan Writer's Conference
Ann Arbor, MI
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Craft Talks At 826michigan Writer's Conference
(Note: this website represents registration for Saturday afternoon craft talks only. For workshop descriptions and registrations, please click here.)

Join 826michigan and writers Margo Rabb, Kevin Haworth, and Joyce Dyer for an afternoon of writing seminars!

These workshops will take place at 826michigan's downtown Ann Arbor location on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16.

To register for all three craft talks at the discounted rate of $70, enter code "allthree" in the discount box above.

Making A Life As A Writer with Margo Rabb (1pm-2pm)
The definition of a writer is a person who writes. But how do we fit writing fiction into a busy lifestyle filled with jobs, children, spouses, friends, domestic chores, books to read, and the never-ending internet? In this class, we'll discuss specific strategies for fitting writing into your schedule, including the use of both low-tech and high-tech time management techniques (including the programs Freedom, RescueTime, and the Pomodoro Method). The class aims to encourage participants to be as productive as possible, but also to learn to be gentle with our inevitable failures in the battle with, as William Styron called them, "the fleas of life." We'll discuss how to tame the fleas, take your writing more seriously, and how to make writing a permanent part of your life.

To register for this 1pm-2pm craft talk with Margo Rabb, enter code "margo" in the discount box above.

Why I Love Paul Auster with Joyce Dyer (2:30pm-3:30pm)
Paul Auster and many other contemporary memoirists, introduce edgy techniques into their writing--making their work especially memorable. This workshop will explore interesting and new attempts by recent memoirists to push the boundaries of form and craft. Participants will leave the session with ideas (as well as handouts and examples to illustrate them) that they can later consider while composing their own memoirs--ideas including Paul Auster's writing his memoir Winter Journal (August 2012 release) completely in second person.

To register for this 2:30pm-3:30pm craft talk with Joyce Dyer, enter code "joyce" in the discount box above.

The Nature of Desire: What David Mamet and the Dalai Lama Can Teach Us About Writing Fiction with Kevin Haworth(4pm-5pm)
Desire is the beating heart of fiction; it animates our characters and drives them through the world.  Desire comes in many forms, of course. It can be petty or grand, material or emotional, physical or intellectual.  The talk will explore how to build characters around these desires, and how to construct fiction that opens windows into the complexities of what we want from our worlds.

To register for this 4pm-5pm craft talk with Kevin Haworth, enter code "kevin" in the discount box above.

Saturday afternoon craft talks are $25 each. Proceeds from the 826michigan Writer's Conference support 826michigan's free creative writing and tutoring programs for students 6-18 in Washtenaw County. The 826michigan Writer's Conference is presented with generous support from Thomson-Shore.

For questions about the 826michigan Writer's Conference, please contact Program Coordinator Catherine Calabro at or (734) 761-3463.


826michigan (View)
115 E. Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States



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