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The Writers Studio Tucson – Save $15 on 8-Week Fall Writing Workshops

Sharpen your craft this fall with The Writers Studio Tucson
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Save $15 on 8-Week Fall Writing Workshops

Register by Sept. 21 using coupon code: narrator18

Discount must be taken at time of registration online or by phone, may not be combined with any other offer, valid while supplies last. Offer valid 8/21/18-9/21/18.
WORKSHOP

  • Thursdays, starting Sept. 27 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Lela Scott MacNeil
    NEW Location: Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Studios, 100 E. 6th Street
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  • Saturdays, starting Sept. 29 | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Taught by Donna Aversa
    NEW Location: Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Studios, 100 E. 6th Street
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INTERMEDIATE

  • Thursdays, starting Sept. 27 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Philip Ivory
    NEW Location: Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Studios, 100 E. 6th Street
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ADVANCED

  • Tuesdays, starting Sept. 25 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Lela Scott MacNeil
    NEW Location: Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Studios, 100 E. 6th Street
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MASTER CLASS

  • Tuesdays, starting Sept. 25 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Reneé Bibby
    NEW Location: Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Studios, 100 E. 6th Street
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Questions?
Get in touch with Reneé Bibby at (520) 591-8795 or renee@writerstudio.com

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The Writers Studio Tucson- Special Writers Studio Lecture

September 9th: A Very Special Writers Studio Lecture
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The Offering: A Special Writers Studio Tucson Lecture

Selected poems from Eleanor Kedney’s book The Offering, followed by a reception and book signing

When: Friday, September 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Storyland
1202 E. Broadway Blvd.

Eleanor Kedney is the author of the chapbook The Offering (Liquid Light Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of U.S. and international periodicals, including Connecticut River Review, Cumberland River Review, Many Mountains Moving, Miramar Poetry Journal, Mudfish, Mslexia, NY Quarterly, San Pedro River Review, The Maynard, and several other journals. She has contributed to the anthologies No Achilles: War Poetry (WaterWood Press, 2015), Write to Meow (Grey Wolfe Publishing, 2015), and Poems on Loss Anthology (Little Lantern Press, 2016). She is the founder of The Writers Studio Tucson and served as the director and the advanced workshop teacher for ten years. She is passionate about literary community and advocating for animals, the environment, equal rights, and humanitarianism.

Ready to sign up for Fall Classes?

New Workshops start October 4th!

Questions? Contact Reneé Bibby at (520) 591-8795  /  renee@writerstudio.com

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The Writers Studio Tucson- Write to Read Writing Contest

Enter our first ever Write to Read Contest
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Write-to-Read

The Writers Studio Tucson teachers are excited to announce our first ever Write-to-Read contest, featuring guest judge Adrienne Celt, whose debut novel The Daughterswas published earlier this month.

Past and current students are invited to submit a short story, creative nonfiction piece, or 3-5 poems in response to a special prompt provided by Adrienne Celt. All entries are due Friday, October 2, at 9 p.m. AZ time.

Winners will read their entries during a special event hosted by The Writers Studio Tucson on Saturday, November 7, 2015. 

Contest Rules

How it works 

Adrienne has crafted a special writing prompt just for our contest. Entries will be read blind, and judged based on how well the writer achieves the goals of the prompt and the overall quality of the writing and the narrative voice.

Who can submit 

Current students of The Writers Studio Tucson and students who have taken a class (including online) within the past five years (2010-2015). You may submit fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction for your entry.

Preparing your submission 

• Your entry must be 5,000 words or less, or 3-5 poems.

• Word or PDF documents (.doc, .docx, .pdf ).

• Please use 12 point, easy-to-read font. Prose submissions should be double-spaced.

• Include the title and the page number in the header at the top of each page.

• Do not include your name anywhere in your entry.

Submit 

• Email your submission as an attachment to renee@writerstudio.com by Friday, October 2, at 9 p.m. AZ time.

• The name of your attachment should be the title of your submission (example: The_Red_Fox.doc). Please use the subject line “Write-to-Read Contest Submission” so we don’t miss it.

• In the body of your email, please include your first and last name, the title of your submission, your most recent Writers Studio Tucson class (example: Fall 2014 Intermediate), your email address and your phone number.

• Your submission must follow the guidelines above in order to be considered, so please read them carefully.

The Writers Studio Tucson will announce the winners by Sunday, October 18. 

Have a question about the submission process? Email Reneé at renee@writerstudio.com.

The Prompt

A matryoshka is a Russian nesting doll, containing many smaller dolls – each smaller than the last. The dolls are all discrete objects, and yet they’re part of the same toy: a single matryoshka would not be complete without her sisters. She would be a shell, beautiful, but without meaning.

Stories can function this way, too. Yes, there’s often one big, identifiable arc of action that your characters follow, but sometimes there are smaller stories inside. These can be flashbacks, triggered by something happening in the story’s present. They can relate the content of letters that a character finds and reads. Or they can be fairytales, myths, ghost stories, gossip – any number of mini-narratives told either by your narrator or your characters. The trick is to connect these smaller stories to the themes of the major arc in a way that increases the importance of both. The nested elements aren’t extraneous, they aren’t fluff. They’re an important part of what makes the story tick. Call it the matryoshka effect: when small pieces add up to something greater than the sum of their parts.

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it: write a story or a poem that relies on nested narratives as a vital part of its construction.

One way to think about this is in terms of structure: how does the order of events in your piece necessitate each mini-narrative as it occurs? Another way to think about it is in terms of character: why would the person who tells this story find it interesting? And how do the listeners react to it, or change as a result? But of course those are just two suggestions. The beauty of nested stories is that they can happen in any number of ways, for any number of reasons. Sometimes the smaller elements are all there is, like a pixilated image: you don’t see the larger story until you take a step back. Sometimes it’s just one small but vital kernel. The important thing is that these mini-narratives help you communicate your story’s true heart.

More About Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt is the author of The Daughters, a novel (W.W. Norton/Liveright 2015). A writer and cartoonist living in Tucson, her work has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, EPOCH, The Rumpus, The Toast, Electric Literature, The Lit Hub, and many other places. Find her online at adriennecelt.com or visit her webcomic at loveamongthelampreys.com.

More about The Daughters

In this virtuosic debut, a world-class soprano seeks to reclaim her voice from the curse that winds through her family tree.

Since the difficult birth of her daughter, which collided tragically with the death of her beloved grandmother, renowned opera sensation Lulu can’t bring herself to sing a note. Haunted by a curse that traces back through the women in her family, she fears that the loss of her remarkable talent and the birth of her daughter are somehow inexplicably connected. As Lulu tentatively embraces motherhood, she sifts through the stories she’s inherited about her elusive, jazz-singer mother and the nearly mythic matriarch, her great-grandmother Greta. Each tale is steeped in the family’s folkloric Polish tradition and haunted by the rusalka-a spirit that inspired Dvorak’s classic opera.

Merging elements from Bel Canto and Amy and Isabelle, The Daughters reveals through four generations the sensuous but precise physicality of both music and motherhood, and-most mysterious and seductive of all-the resonant ancestral lore that binds each mother to the one who came before.

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THE Writers Studio- THE ROLE OF PERSONA NARRATOR IN WRITING talk by Renee Bibby

 

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The Writers Studio Tucson- Summer Writing Workshops Starts July 2, 2015

Summer Workshops start July 2nd. Sign up today.
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Summer Writing Workshop

Starts July 2nd | Thursdays 6:30-9:00 p.m. | 10 Weeks

Unleash the story within! Join us and jump-start your summer of writing! Our students publish, win awards, and join a life-long, supportive community of writers. What are you waiting for? Sign up today.

Our next workshop starts Thursday, July 2nd. Taught by Lela Scott MacNeil, Thursdays 6:30-9:00 p.m. Classes meet at 3861 N. 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85719.
SIGN UP NOW or call 212-255-7075.

Questions? Contact Reneé Bibby at renee@writerstudio.com or 520-591-8795.

LELA SCOTT MACNEIL is a fiction writer trained in The Writers Studio method. Lela has a BFA in Screenwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arizona. She is the Sales Manager at the University of Arizona Press. Her work has been published in Gertrude and alongside Dennis Lehane in the Springsteen inspired Noir anthology Trouble in the Heartland.

And in case you don’t already know about us…

The Writers Studio, a 27-year-old writing school founded in New York City by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, began its first highly successful 10-week creative writing workshop in Tucson in June 2005.  Since then, The Writers Studio Tucson has grown, offering three levels of classes, and helping students get published and achieve their writing goals. Attend a free introductory class and learn about The Writers Studio’s unique, craft-oriented method, which for the last ten years has helped advanced and novice Tucson writers realize their full creative potential. More at www.writerstudio.com.

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The Writers Studio- Special Reading and Craft Discussion with New York fiction writer Cynthia Weiner

Please join The Writers Studio Tucson for a special reading and craft discussion by New York-based fiction writer, Cynthia Weiner. She will read from her story “Boyfriends” which was published in Pushcart XXX! She will share with us the Writers Studio exercise her story came from, and her writerly process and struggles behind this prize winning story.  
 
Wednesday, May 14th 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Reception to follow
 
WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Ave.  Tucson, Arizona
(south of Roger on the West side of the street, look for the red mailbox, parking behind the building)
 
We hope to see you there for this exciting reading, and to help us welcome Cynthia to Tucson.  
My Best, 
Eleanor 

Eleanor Kedney 
Director of Branch Studios, 
The Writers Studio 
520-743-8214 
eleanor@writerstudio.com

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The Writers Studio Tucson – Workshops and Publications and Readings oh my!

The Writers Studio Tucson – Workshops and Publications and Readings oh my!

HAPPY FEBRUARY! HAPPY WRITING!

February in Tucson. That time of year when we put away our sweaters, open our windows, and resist the urge to call our friends and family back east to gloat.

But February is more than just a time to give thanks that you live in Tucson. It’s also a great time to continue or restart your commitment to your writing life. We hope you’ll join us this Spring and make 2014 your best writing year yet.

SPRING FREE CLASS

Looking for a free taste of what the Writers Studio is all about? Come to our Free Introductory Class on March 27th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Wellness First! (3861 N. First Ave., south of Roger on the west side of street, look for the red mailbox, parking behind the building).

Writers Studio teachers Reneé Bibby, Lela Scott MacNeil, and Janelle Drumwright will offer an introduction to The Writers Studio method. Learn about the elements of craft and receive a writing exercise to begin a story or a poem. A Writers Studio student will present an example of his or her work in response to the exercise. Beginners and advanced writers welcome.

Email Janelle Drumwright to reserve your space. Registration is required.

SPRING WORKSHOPS

Spring Workshops start April 17th. These are 10 weekly sessions for beginners and experienced writers new to The Writers Studio method.

Our Spring Workshops tend to fill up quickly due to the number of signups we get from the Tucson Festival of Books, so if you want to make sure you get a spot, REGISTER TODAY.
Starting Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. taught by Reneé Bibby, held at at Wellness First! 3861 N. First Avenue (btwn Prince and Roger) Tucson, AZ 85719
Starting Saturday, April 19th, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. taught by Lela Scott MacNeil, held at Casa Libre, 228 N. 4th Ave (btwn 8th and 9th Sts.), Tucson, AZ 85705
Founded by Philip Schultz, 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry, the school’s teaching is rooted in the belief that if the desire to write is strong enough, anyone can learn the craft necessary for full creative expression.

Using The Writers Studio method, students:
Free up their imaginations
Discover and nurture their own voices
Connect to deeper levels of feeling in their work
Learn elements of craft
Learn to create and sustain a compelling narrative voice
Develop the skill to make stories and poems interesting to others
Learn how to read as a writer
Receive technical guidance and professional critique and support
Achieve their artistic goals
Work towards creating publication ready stories and poems

RENEÉ BIBBY is a fiction writer trained in The Writers Studio method in Tucson. She graduated from Grinnell College and works in marketing at a local nonprofit. Her work has been published in Black & BLUE and is forthcoming Crack the Spine.

LELA SCOTT MACNEIL is a fiction writer trained in The Writers Studio method in Tucson. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Screenwriting program, she is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arizona and works for the University of Arizona Press. Her work is forthcoming from Gertrude and Gutter Books.

WRITERS STUDIO NEWS

Advanced Student and Writer Studio Tucson teacher Lela Scott MacNeil will be reading new work at Casa Libre (228 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705) THIS FRIDAY, February 21st at 7pm. More info here.

Advanced Student and Writer Studio Tucson teacher Reneé Bibby’s flash-fiction piece “Not Everybody Gets a Happiness Montage” are forthcoming in Crack The Spine’s March online issue.

Stories by Advanced Student and Writer Studio Tucson teacher Lela Scott MacNeil and Writers Studio Tucson Alum Isaac Kirkman will appear in Trouble in the Heartland, an anthology of noir fiction inspired by Bruce Springsteen songs published by Gutter Books.

The Writers Studio Tucson will be at the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books! Stop by Booth #133 to talk to teachers and current students about how the Writers Studio can take your writing life to the next level.

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