Fall Craft Intensive: Tomas MonizWorkshops
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Show the Cliché: Revision and Joy with Tomas Moniz
Sunday, November 12th
9 AM – 12 PM PST / 12 – 3 PM EST
We spend a lot of time producing text, generating story lines, character development, plot. And once that’s done, arguably, the more difficult work begins: revisions, rewriting, re-seeing our sentences, honing our style. There are hundreds of craft books that all basically say similar things: avoid cliches, use original metaphors or similes, show not tell. In this intensive, we will explore ways to do that in community and individually. We will respond to and share some playful, generative writing prompts, we will engage in exercises exploring revision strategies, we will read short essays from Danez Smith, Cam Awkward Rich, and others about our language, the power of our sentences. Students will leave with a few practical approaches to sentence revision as well as a reminder to find joy in the process.
This is a class best suited for beginner and intermediate writers.
The scholarship for this class has already been awarded.
BIO: Tomas Moniz is a Latinx writer living in East Oakland, CA. His debut novel, Big Familia, was a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway and the LAMBDA. His new novel, All Friends Are Necessary, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. He teaches at Berkeley City College and the Antioch MFA program.