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Writers Workshops

Teachers-as-Writers: Making a Story – Online 2021-206

Course #2021-206
Saturdays Starting April 17 10:00 am–12:00 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $45 Instructor: Nick Almeida
This workshop is full

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

A FICTION AND NONFICTION WORKSHOP

This workshop is only open to K-12 educators.

As teachers, we endlessly encounter the raw stuff of story: conflict, power imbalance, pressure, humor, horror, a secret note left on the classroom floor. Is storytelling’s ubiquity in teaching one reason why so many teachers are writers? In The White Album, Joan Didion says: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In classrooms, at the copier, or walking quiet halls after students have gone for the night, teachers rely on storytelling to persist through what can often feel like an emotional crucible. Stories provide comfort, psychological insights, empathy practice, means of connection, and powerful instructional models for our students. What else does story give us? We will aim to answer that question, together.

In this six-week online workshop, we will explore and generate story—be it fiction or creative nonfiction—and elements of narrative craft as applicable to the first-time writer as the seasoned novelist. Participants will have an opportunity to take a break from instruction to enjoy the process of making, in the particular way an art student makes in the studio. We will play, experiment, discuss the process, tear up the pages, keep the notes, and start over. This workshop will be shaped by the interests and input of its participants and will focus on the creation and refinement of your own stories. All are welcome.

About the instructor

NICK ALMEIDA is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Houston, where he is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow in Fiction. As a James A. Michener Fellow at The University of Texas, he earned an MFA primarily in Fiction and secondarily in Screenwriting and served as Editor-In-Chief for Bat City Review. He holds an MA and BA in English from Penn State University, and BA in Film. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, PleiadesMid-American ReviewAmerican Literary Review, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Masterplans, is the grand prize winner of The Masters Review’s inaugural Chapbook Contest in Fiction, selected by judge Steve Almond, and will be available in the fall of 2021. He has taught English and Creative Writing for high school and college students, as well as for the Austin Public Library Foundation’s community programming. He is currently at work on a novel.

Please note that 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

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