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Evocative Prose: What We Really Mean to Say with Joe Wilkins
The Red Lion Hotel at the Park
Spokane, WA
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Notes Toward Evocative Prose: A Workshop with Joe Wilkins

The poet Richard Hugo claimed "all truth must conform to music," for in music we find a fuller, stronger truth. As a prose writer, especially as a creative nonfiction prose writer, I'm not sure I buy that 100% of the time, but nonetheless, I think Hugo's on to something. In attending to language, we not only say what it is we're after in more effective, vivid ways, but we very often find ways to say that which we didn't even know we could say. We discover what it is we really mean to say.
In this craft lesson we will discuss four techniques for attending to language and crafting evocative prose. Participants are asked to bring an essay-in-progress, as we will have some time to apply these techniques in revision and share revised work at the end of the workshop.

Joe Wilkins' memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (2012), captures life in the Big Dry, a desolate region in eastern Montana that shapes the men who live there and rarely lets them go. He is also the author of the poetry collections Killing the Murnion Dogs (2012), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award, and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012)winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, Orion, and Slate.

The cost for any student with a current ID is $20 each. Student ID must be presented at the event. For all others, the cost is $30 each. Space is limited to 20 people per session, so pre-registration is recommended. (However, we will also allow day-of registration, as space allows.)
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The Red Lion Hotel at the Park (View)
303 West North River Drive
Spokane, WA 99201
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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