Spring Craft Intensive: Nova Ren Suma


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Memory Trove: A Generative Fiction Intensive with Nova Ren Suma
Sunday, May 7th
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Fiction writers of all genres steal from real-life experiences and then twist and disguise to suit our needs. Mining memories for sensory details and ideas can infuse a lifeless scene with a much-needed heartbeat, and all the more so when writing young characters. When you’re seeking a way to bring a coming-of-age story to life and bridge the distance, the memories we carry (or deeply bury) from childhood can contain delicious and at times disturbing and worthy fodder. No matter the distance you’ve chosen to tell your story from—through an adult lens looking back, or through the in-the-moment immediacy that’s a hallmark of YA fiction and work for younger readers—there is much you can gain from reinventing moments and events from your past and dredging up the sensations and emotions. Through generative prompts and exercises that ask you to dig into memories from childhood and years long gone, we will engage in a number of writing opportunities you can use for a novel-in-progress, or as sparks to create something brand-new. Come ready to explore and write… and possibly volunteer to share raw writing aloud, as we move through different creative opportunities, lean into specificity, and most of all, remember. This generative workshop is open to fiction writers of all genres and age levels.

BIO: Nova Ren Suma is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels and a two-time Edgar Award finalist. Her novel A Room Away from the Wolves was an Edgar Award finalist and called “shiver-inducingly delicious” by the New York Times. Her other novels include the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us as well as Imaginary Girls and more, and she was co-editor of the story & writing craft anthology FORESHADOW: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading & Writing YA. She is a MacDowell fellow and a Yaddo fellow and has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She’s taught creative writing in the Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Columbia University, and currently at the University of Pennsylvania, and she’s led novel-focused workshops and retreats at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Highlights Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center’s 24PearlStreet online workshop program, the Tin House YA Fiction Workshop, and elsewhere. Her next YA novel is forthcoming from Algonquin YR. For more: www.novaren.com