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Writers Workshops

Power Up Your Prose Online 2022-203

Course #2022-203
Mondays Starting March 14 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Lise Olsen

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.


In this workshop, we will explore ways to mine the internet, probe public and personal archives and conduct interviews to enrich narrative scenes, and build better characters and dialogue. As part of the class, we’ll engage in dynamic research directly related to our writing topics, do amusing in-class exercises and exchange drafts of our work-in-progress. We’ll also talk about how to use tools like timelines and photos to help build dramatic plots, seek inspiration and make connections that better establish our characters’ place in the universe.  We’ll learn from each other, but we’ll also discuss techniques explored by writers like Amy Tan in Where the Past Begins, and author Donna Freitas in her memoir Consent.  This course will provide useful ideas, tools and inspiration for writers exploring historical or contemporary topics for nonfiction narratives, memoir, or fact-based fiction. Please bring ideas, rough drafts, and questions. All are welcome whether you’ve previously taken creative writing courses, published work, or are just getting started.

About the instructor

LISE OLSEN is an investigative journalist whose stories have appeared in the Texas Observer, the Houston Chronicle, Inside Climate News, Texas Monthly and in documentaries on CNN and A&E.  She is the author of the 2021 nonfiction book CODE OF SILENCE, Sexual Misconduct by Federal Judges, the Secret System That Protects Them and the Women who Blew the Whistle, winner of the 2022 Nonfiction Book Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. She has an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University where she received the Ronald J. Doerfler Memorial Scholarship. You can find more of her work at https://www.liseolsen.info or follow her on Twitter @lisedigger.

Please note that the registration fee and tuition for online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings, click here.