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Writer's Garret

March, 2013

Quick Links []
Goss-Michael Foundation []
(in the Design District)
Ann McCutchan & Pat Alexander
on Arts & Collaboration (to learn more, click here.)
"The Long and the Short of It: Making the Leap from Short Stories to Novels"
with Peggy Chittenden Brown
"Introduction to Historical Fiction"
with Patricia Falvey
Oral Fixation
Kid's Writing / Art Class
This Spring On-Going
VORT TING Literary Talks []
Stone Soup Peer Critiques []
2nd Thursdays
Poetry Discussion  []
Saturdays (2nd & 4th)
Mixed Genre Stone Soup  []
Peer Critique Workshops [] []

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(Still under construction for Winter-Spring, but new classes and events are being
added daily)
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learn about our programs or download []
a pdf of our past Fall / Winter calendar (new one is coming--watch our website for
new developments!)
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Community partners include
Lucky Dog Books, the MAC, Highland Park Literary Festival, Dallas Institute of Humanities
and Culture, SMU, Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference, Arts & Letters Live /
DMA, PEN Texas, Carve Magazine, UNT, Oral Fixation, KERA, the Adolphus Hotel, DASN,
Promise House,Trinity River Mission, and many others!
When you join The Writer's Garret, you join a whole community that values reading
and writing.

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It enabled us to still be here,

Helps us not just survive, but to once again THRIVE in 2013 !!!


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Bringing Characters from the Past to Life


Kathleen Kent

Saturday, March 23, 10 AM-1 PM

10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218

This  3-hour class is for all levels of  writers from beginners to advanced  who
want to explore how to breathe life and experience into their  characters; instill
a sense of immediacy and sensory realism into their setting, whether it happened
yesterday, last year, or two thousand  years ago; and build and internal relationship
between the narrator, characters, and reader.  It is sometimes easy to forget that
readers  need to be convinced, and when we bring stale memories or ideas crusted
 over by historical facts, we sometimes lose the feeling that human  experience
is eternal.

Participants  will either have an idea for a novel-length work, but feel daunted
by  the challenge, or  already have begun the process, but are unsure of how  to
structure their current narrative to the long form.  This course  works well as
a companion piece to Peggy Chittenden Brown []'s
"The Long and the Short of It." If you are drawn to Personal Narrative  or Historical
Fiction, you may want to look at the Members' Bundle below  to also take courses
with Patricia Falve []y
and Ann McCutchan []
(and save money to boot)!

KATHLEEN KENT, who wrote her first book "on the runway to fifty," will discuss her
own strategies for completing and publishing her bestselling novel, The Heretic's
Daughter. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own work for review
and discussion.  (Author's note: there will be no editorial "critique" of shared
work, only gentle observations.)

first two novels, The Heretic's Daughter []and

The Traitor's Wife [],
have both been NY Times bestsellers and, collectively, been published in over 15
countries. She is the recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical
fiction.  Kent has just completed her third novel, The Outcasts, set in Texas 1870,
which will be published by Little Brown in the U.S. this coming September.
$55 Members
$85 Others
Members' Bundle: 3 Courses for $150 ("Introduction []
to []
Historical []
Fiction []"
with Patricia Falvey
and "To []
the []
Facts []
& []
Thine []
Own []
Self []
Be []
True: []
Research []
and []
the []
Personal []
Essay []"
with Ann McCutchan)
Members' Bundle: 2 Courses for $80 (includes "Introduction to Historical Fiction")

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QuickiesRETURN: 3-week courses
The LONG and the SHORT of It:

A Short Story Approach to Writing (and Finishing) That Novel


Peggy Chittenden Brown

Thursdays, March 28-April 11, 7-9 PM

10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218

This 3-evening course is for all levels of  writers  who might want to write short
stories or might want to write novels and who may have experience in either, neither,
or  both. Most creative writing programs emphasize short stories, and while  they
are a better fit for our fast-paced lives and short attention   spans, THE REALITY
IS that publishers are still eyeing that next big  novel--today's Moby Dick or Harry
Potter! If you've  been wanting to "make the leap" from short stories to novels,
or are not  really sure how each of these writing approaches varies, this course
will help you better understand the parameters, and let you in on that  dirty little
secret that "Size really DOES matter."

Before  classes begin, please watch Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk on "Your  Elusive
Creative Genius." Participants should also come with WHAT IF,  available from Barnes
and Noble for $2.64 used (or rent it $11.42 for 60  days). You can also get it from
Amazon for $48.00. 60 days).

PEGGY CHITTENDEN BROWN has her Pd.D. in Humanities and was named Piper Professor
by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation []
of the State of Texas after being named Outstanding Professor at Collin College
in Plano [].
She teaches creative writing, English composition, and humanities.  Her  publishing
history has included short stories, poetry, and academic  articles, but . Her first
novel, Strangler Figs, won the  Readers' Favorite Award from the Association of
Independent Authors.

Her  second novel is in progress with the working title of "Instincts.

$90 Members  (Save $15 if registered
by the Early Bird deadline of THIS THURSDAY)
$115 Others

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Patricia Falvey

Saturday, April 6, 10 AM-12:30 PM

10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218

This 2.5-hour class is for all levels of  writers, from beginners to advanced ,
who read and/or appreciate the craft of Historical Fiction.

This workshop will focus on the challenges in writing in this particular genre,
notably "the Big Five":  Authenticity of Place, Character, and Dialogue;Historical
Context; and Research. Writers will weigh the quantity of historical detail against
the elements of fiction, and work on putting the story first, while striving for
a compelling sense of history. Perfect "companion" piece for upcoming workshops
with Kathleen Kent []
and Ann McCutchan []
(see "bundle prices" for members).

came out last year. A long-time member of The Writer's Garret, she is a frequent
speaker at bookclubs around the country and has led numerous workshops. She divides
her time between Dallas and County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Her first
novel, The Yellow House, was published in 2010, and her second novel, The Linen
Queen [],came
out last year.

Praise for THE LINEN QUEEN: "... deftly rides the line between a fervently romantic
love story and a heartfelt love letter to Northern Ireland." - Publisher's Weekly

About THE YELLOW HOUSE: "This novel delivers the best of both worlds: secrets, intrigue
and surprising twists will keep readers flipping the pages, while Falvey's insight
and poetic writing tugs at the heartstrings of the most cynical audiences."

- Publisher's Weekly

$55 Members

(Save $10 if registered

by the Early Bird deadline

of March 18)

$85 Others

Members' Bundle: 3 Courses for $150 ("Yesterday is Someone Else's Today" with Kathleen
Kent and "To the Facts & Thine Own Self Be True: Research and the Personal Essay"
with Ann McCutchan [])

Members' Bundle: 2 Courses for $80 (includes "Yesterday is Someone Else's Today"

"To the Facts and Thine Own Self Be True:

Research and the PERSONAL Essay"


Ann McCutchan

Saturday, April 13, 12:30-4 PM

10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218

This 3.5-hour class will benefit all levels of  writers from beginners to advanced.
Participants will explore the rich assortment of tools, techniques, and forms available
to creative non-fiction writers, and the ways they can be applied and deployed to
surprising advantage in personal essay, memoir and other types of creative nonfiction.

A blend of lecture, discussion, and writing exercises, the class is open to all
levels.  Short advance readings are required.

the author of four books, most recently River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, and Circular
Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life.  She is a professor of English and creative
nonfiction []at
the University of North Texas, and the Editor-in-Chief of theAmerican Literary Review
Her many honors include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and a three-time
Pushcart nominee.

$80 Members

(Save $15 if registered

by the Early Bird deadline

of March 23)

$110 Others

Members' Bundle: 3 Courses for $150 ("Yesterday is Someone Else's Today" with Kathleen
Kent and "Introduction to Historical Fiction" with Patricia Falvey [])

Members' Bundle: 2 Courses for $105 (includes "Yesterday is Someone Else's Today"
OR "Introduction to Historical Fiction")


Ann McCutchan & Pat Alexander

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 PM

Goss-Michael Foundation

1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas ,TX 75207
Tel: 214.696.0555

R.S.V.P. []

FREE (but donations are appreciated)

Texas-­-based writer/musician Ann McCutchan and Baltimore visual artist Pat Alexander
havecollaborated on numerous intermedia projects, including a video, a book, and
an evening-­-lengthwork incorporating original music, dance, theater, and dynamic

In this presentation of images and artifacts, they will discuss the ongoing evolution
of their artistic friendship,the works they've created together and with others,
and the value and challenges of working with artistsoutside one's discipline.

Biography Ann McCutchan

Writer and musician Ann McCutchan is the author of four books: Marcel Moyse: Voice
of the Flute, The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process, River
Music: An Atchafalaya Story, and Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical
Life. As an essayist and journalist, she has published personal essays and articles
in numerous journals and magazines. "Reaching for the End of Time," an essay on
the music of Olivier Messiaen and the frailties of heroes and the human body, appeared
in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007.

Her current book project is a coming-of-age memoir set in Florida during the Space
Race. Ann began her writing career as classical music critic for the Austin American-Statesman
and art and antiques columnist for Gannett News Service. As a journalist, she wrote
hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on the fine and literary arts, family
issues, travel, and the environment, and received a Distinguished Achievement Award
from the Educational Press Association of America.

Ann McCutchan has been awarded grants, fellowships and residencies from the Rockefeller
Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Thinking Like a Mountain Foundation, the Jentel
Foundation, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, the Ludwig Vogelstein
Foundation, the National Park Service, and others.  She holds music degrees from
Florida State University and the University of Michigan, and an MFA in creative
writing from the University of Houston.  The founding director of the University
of Wyoming's MFA creative writing program, she has taught creative writing at the
University of North Texas since 2005, and is editor of the American Literary Review.
She frequently travels as guest reader, speaker, and workshop leader.  Ann was inducted
into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2010.  She serves on the artistic advisory
board of Voices of Change, the Dallas contemporary music ensemble.

Biography Pat Alexander
Pat Alexander's paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely in the United
States as well as Japan and Germany. Public Art commissions include "Geometro",
a mosaic tile installation at the Baltimore Metro: Lexington Market Station, commissioned
by the MD Mass Transit Administration. Her work has been supported by international
residency grants in Ibrahampasa, Turkey (Babyan Culture House, '10), Newfoundland,
Canada (the Pouch Cove Foundation, '07 and '00), Rochefort-en-Terre, France (Alfred
and Trafford Klots Intl. Program for Artists,'05) and Mojacar, Spain (Fundacion
Valparaiso, '03). In the USA residency fellowships include the Virginia Center for
the Creative Arts, ('91, '95, '97), Jentel ('06) and the Hambidge Center ('91, '93,
Numerous foundation awards include two MD State Art's Council
Individual Artist Grants, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist's Residency Grant
and an NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship. Alexander has been a Professor/Fine
Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art since '93.

R.S.V.P. now []


The Writer's Garret is made possible by the support
of many individuals, corporations, foundations, nonprofits,

educational institutions, and governmental agencies who understand the value of
reading, writing, and the literary arts!

This season of educational programs and events
has been made possible by the following:

National Endowment for the Arts [];
Lucky Dog Books [];
City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs [];
George and Fay Young Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts [];
M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation [];
Target; R.L. & Phyllis Glazer Fund; Heritage Auctions ( [];
Allied World Assurance Company [];
Dallas AfterSchool Network [];
Big Thought [];
Mike and Debra Decker; Bob and Donna Beavers; Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP; Communities
Foundation of Texas; The Cattarulla Fund of The Dallas Foundation; Chase; donors
to the Jack Myers and Jacob Myers Funds; and our members, Board of Trustees, and
Board of Sponsors.

(If we have inadvertently left anyone off this list,

please let us know asap. We WANT to thank you!)


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