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Structuring the hybrid memoir, a theatrical perspective with Bruce E. Whitacre (via Zoom)

March 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

$130.00

Memoir has become an ever more prevalent literary form, popular among readers and writers alike. This workshop will explore alternatives to conventional narrative structure that are well-suited to hybrid forms, where various genres are compiled into one self-contained work. Poetry, essay, drama, realia, journalism and conventional prose narrative are among the genres available to writers who choose the hybrid form. We will discover how hybrid forms can expand, deepen, and open the reader experience. Traditional narrative structures such as rising and falling action, dramatic arc, etc. will be probed for breaking points that open doors to hybridity. Drawing from examples of the hybrid form by such writers as William Blake, Ron Kolm, Claudia Rankin andMaggie Smiththe workshop seeks to provide writers with new tools and insights that can help shape their projects, either at the inception, creation or revision stages.

Students will have an opportunity to propose and review the use of two or more genres for a work they have in mind at whatever stage it may be. The focus will be on structure: pacing, arrangement, and event, more than on specific pieces of writing or the materials at hand.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. Please read all course policies before registering for any class. Need-based, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ scholarship applications are due on December 15th.

Bruce E. Whitacre holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was director of the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) script department, a script analyst for Kennedy-Marshall in Hollywood, and a freelance dramaturg. At MTC, he provided dramaturgical support to plays by Terrence McNally, Donald Margulies, Anne Meara, and many others. His 2022 hybrid poetry collection, The Elk in the Glade, was a BookLife Editors Pick and placed 2nd in contemporary poetry at The Bookfest. He facilitates two poetry writers groups and is active with Brownstone Poets, the Persistence of Cormorants, and Poets of Queens. His next collection, Good Housekeeping, is coming from Poets Wear Prada in Spring 2024.

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Whitacre Memoir
$ 130.00
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Details

Date:
March 23
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Cost:
$130.00

Venue

Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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Phone
914.332.5953
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HVWC
Phone
914.332.5953
Email
ask@writerscenter.org
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