In 27 days, on November 3rd, many of us will be swooping down on Salem, MA, and settling in for a week of unboxed craft talk, community building, and writing. To say we’re excited would be a vast understatement.
Present during the week will be a number of WU contributors, and though not all will be leading sessions, many will.
Promised sessions and workshops:
- Wired for Story workshops with Lisa Cron (how to tell a story your readers are wired to love)
- Voice workshops with Meg Rosoff (finding your self and your subject)
- 21st Century Fiction full-day workshop with Donald Maass (writing personally; constructing the inner journey; bonding reader to protagonist; storybuilding; micro-tension; creating “beautiful” writing; secondary emotions; telling not showing revealed; defining and using story purpose; more)
- Setting as Character workshop with Brunonia Barry and Liz Michalski (with exercises in the historic Hooper Hathaway House)
- Method Writing with Brunonia Barry (borrowing from method acting to learn more about your characters)
- The Comic Toolbox with John Vorhaus (how to write funny even if you’re not)
- First Pages Analyses with Ray Rhamey (submit your first pages or learn from others)
- Lessons in Criticism with Porter Anderson (when to listen and what to hear)
- Hating on the Draft with Catherine McKenzie and Heather Webb (lose your confidence and get it back again)
- Writing Through Hard Times with Kathleen McCleary (including the D Word — Depression)
- Perseverance with Jael McHenry and Therese Walsh (how to write on, even when you think you can’t; stories from the trenches)
- and more!
There are also planned evening activities–help for troubled stories in Book Therapy (discuss your writerly hangups in a group setting); bedtime stories (bring your manuscript and share a segment); and maybe, just maybe, a poker game with John Vohaus. But that’s just a rumor.[pullquote]Due to a generous donation, the first 6 people to register can take $100 off the cost of the ticket. Use the code at Eventbrite while it lasts: 6unboxed[/pullquote]
Though time is ticking down and space is filling, there is still time to register and 11 seats remain.
What if you can’t take a week off of work, but you’d still like to see everyone and join in on a session?
We have the perfect solution for you.
21st Century Fiction Workshop: November 6th
Due to a collaboration with the Salem Lit Festival, Donald Maass’s 21st Century Fiction workshop has been made available to the general public. Though the ticket is priced at $100, we have a code you can use to initiate a 25% discount: WUBDON.
Salem Lit Festival is not run by WU, so registration is on a different page: HERE. (Enter the code at the bottom of the options page, wait for the page to re-set with the new price, then register.)
One big bonus of coming into town on Friday is the ease with which you can then enjoy a full day of fiction topics at the Salem Lit Festival on Saturday.
Though the booking deadline for the WU discount with The Hawthorne Hotel has officially passed, the hotel has generously offered to extend the discount to anyone from our group making a late reservation (as long as rooms are available). If you do call the hotel, please mention Writer Unboxed to secure the best rate.
Many people have commented that our program is fantastic but for one reason or another they’ll have to attend “next year.” Truth is, we don’t know what will happen next year or the year after that, but it’s unlikely that this program will run annually. Here’s what we do know: It happens this year. And it’s going to be great.
We hope to see you in Salem.