Saturday, September 30th
Instructor: Lara Jacobs
Are you a storyteller at the dinner table, a keeper of private journals, a chronicler in morning pages? Maybe you’re someone who used to write, who writes a first page and doesn’t know where to go next, who’s never written but always wanted to, who has untold stories burning inside your chest.
This workshop is for fiction and nonfiction writers at all stages of experience. I’ll lead you through the process of beginning a story. We’ll start with an idea, collect the seeds for a structure, and find the voice for the first page. We’ll also talk a bit about scene writing.
You’ll leave the session with your first few sentences, tools for developing the story, and inspiration to keep creating. No writing experience necessary.
About the Instructor:
Lara is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Boston University's MFA Program in Fiction as well as a semi-finalist for a Fulbright in Creative Writing. Her application was recommended by the U.S. Fulbright committee for a grant, and her project endorsed by architecture professors at the University of Sydney and English professors at the University of New South Wales, in conjunction with their Center for Modernism. Her short story “Pitchers of Milk, Now Empty” was a finalist for the 2021 Bayou Magazine James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. She teaches courses in narrative writing, writing and the visual arts, and travel writing at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also teaches for Lighthouse Writers' Workshop, for the international Eating Recovery Center, and for doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital as part of the CORAL Arts Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Individually, she offers private instruction to clients to develop their manuscripts and to find their voices. Visit her website larajacobswriter.com for more information.