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Inprint Intensive Workshops, Writers Workshops,

Multi-Genre/In-Person 2024-115

Course #2024-115
Saturday June 22 1:00 pm–5:00 pm & Sunday, June 23, 1- 5 pm
Cost: $180 Instructor: Daniel Peña


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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This is an in-person workshop that takes place at Inprint House.

Crafting Character Across Genres

As the great Henry James once opined, a story should never be just a story, meaning it should rarely be just an anecdote.  Rather, it should show some true essence of the story’s character to explore some fundamental shift in that character’s psyche from the beginning of the narrative to the end of it.  In this weekend intensive, we’ll be rooting ourselves in this exact concept to tackle narrative projects in prose, poetry, and non-fiction works (including the essay) as well as discuss ways in which two or more genres might be blended to create singular forms that best fit the story or stories you are trying to tell.  We’ll discuss the ways in which character and persona driven fiction, poetry, and non-fiction can bring about not only shifts in character but also surprising epiphanies and conclusions that land like lightning bolts on the page for yourself and for the reader.  A great crash course for those just getting their sea legs in concepts story-telling and the fundamentals of poetry alike. Beginners welcome!


About the Instructor

DANIEL PEÑA is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas.  Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar. A graduate of Cornell University and a former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review, Texas MonthlyNBC News, and The New York Times Magazine among other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Público Press and his debut collection of essays is forthcoming from One World/Penguin Random House. He lives in the beautiful Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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