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Advanced Writing Workshops — Little Turnings: Examining Emotional Pacing with Sara Zarr

April 19, 2013 - April 21, 2013

Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr

April Advanced Writing Weekend Workshop Little Turnings: Examining Emotional Pacing will be led by National Book Award nominee and esteemed YA author, Sara Zarr.

When: Friday April 19th through Sunday April 21st
Friday – Cocktails & Conversation Opener, 6pm-7:30pm
Saturday – Lecture & Workshop, 9am to 5pm, coffee, beverages and lunch included.
Sunday – Workshop, 9am to 5pm, coffee, beverages and lunch included.

We’ve all read novels that transcend category and genre. Often, what makes these books rise above is hard to pin-point. It may be about voice, the sentence-level prose, the story itself, a combination of those things, or any number of ineffable connection points that the writer has made with the reader. We know we need believable characters and a compelling conflict. But how do we get characters to grow and change in ways that make readers forget they’re reading a book, and instead draw them into inhabiting a world full of people as real as themselves? How do we take characters on the emotional part of their journey and not only the physical one? We’ll talk about the subtleties of craft that can help give our stories the psychological and emotional complexity that results in transcendent work.

The weekend will begin with a lecture touching on pacing issues Sara Zarr encountered in  her novel How to Save a Life, and also the Wallace Stegner short story Goin’ To Town, which can be found in Wallace Stegner: On Teaching and Writing Fiction. Attendees should be familiar with both works. Writing exercises and workshop will also take place.

Application Deadline: February 7th, 2013
12-15 page workshop piece to be sent after acceptance, due: March 15th, 2013

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of four novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009, Utah Book Award winner, INSPY winner) and How to Save a Life (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and L.A. Public Library Best Book of 2011, ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012, Utah Book Award winner). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, and Response. She’s also been a regular contributor to Image‘s Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at www.sarazarr.com.

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Advanced Weekend Writing Workshops cost $375, or $300 each if taking more than one. See the full The Writing Barn Presents Advanced Writing Workshops 2013 season.


April 19, 2013
April 21, 2013
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