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April 2021

Gorton’s Masterclass Series: Rebecca Makkai – A Local Writing Life

April 15
$10

This event is virtual “A Local Writing Life”: Local author Rebecca Makkai has achieved national prominence, most recently with her novel The Great Believers — a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal. Makkai was born and raised in Lake Bluff, and has lived her adult life in Lake Forest. She will talk with Barry Benson, Interim Executive Director of the Ragdale Foundation, about living as a professional writer in Lake Forest,…

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Gorton’s Masterclass Series: Rebecca Makkai – A Local Writing Life

April 19
$10

This event is virtual “A Local Writing Life”: Local author Rebecca Makkai has achieved national prominence, most recently with her novel The Great Believers — a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal. Makkai was born and raised in Lake Bluff, and has lived her adult life in Lake Forest. She will talk with Barry Benson, Interim Executive Director of the Ragdale Foundation, about living as a professional writer in Lake Forest,…

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Speakeasy Workshop: This Will Be Character-Building

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$500

Join Rebecca Makkai for an intimate workshop designed to help you write an original short story or the first chapter of a novel or memoir -- or to continue work on one in progress. In each session, Rebecca will teach a different aspect of writing craft: backstory, motivation, dialogue, and character evolution. This event has four sessions. E. M. Forster wrote that "incident springs out of character, and having occurred it alters that character." How do we create characters who will both…

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Speakeasy Workshop: This Will Be Character-Building

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$500

Join Rebecca Makkai for an intimate workshop designed to help you write an original short story or the first chapter of a novel or memoir -- or to continue work on one in progress. In each session, Rebecca will teach a different aspect of writing craft: backstory, motivation, dialogue, and character evolution. This event has four sessions. E. M. Forster wrote that "incident springs out of character, and having occurred it alters that character." How do we create characters who will both…

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StoryStudio Chicago Storyball – Stories Matter Foundation Fundraiser

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
StoryStudio Chicago, 4043 N. Ravenswood, #222
Chicago, IL United States
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Mark your calendars! Stories Matter Foundation's first ever fundraising event will be online over Zoom on Thursday, April 29 at 7pm Central. We'll have more details soon, including silent auction items, special guests, and award recipients. For now, pencil us in!

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May 2021

Miami Book Fair Presents: Get Your Story Off the Ground with Rebecca Makkai

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$250

Mondays, May 3 – 24 (4 weeks) 8 – 9:30 p.m. EST | Online via Google Meet  |  Register to receive link There are decisions we make (about entry point, tone, point of view, conflict, stakes, and more) in our opening pages that set us up for stories that practically write themselves, or for ones that are bound to run quickly out of steam. In this four-week class, we will examine and edit student work (on a volunteer basis) in…

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June 2021

Lighthouse Lit Fest Advanced Weeklong Fiction Workshop: The Arc Of Story, The Architecture Of Plot With Rebecca Makkai

June 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
$910

No one’s ever going to force you to write a traditional plot arc, but the tools of narrative momentum—cause and effect, development, change, stakes, suspense—should be in every writer’s tool kit, if only so we know what to rebel against. We'll workshop student fiction in this light—focusing on arc, on shape, on plot or the intentional lack thereof—asking, in every case, what moves the story along, and how it earns and keeps its audience. Accepted participants will submit up to…

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Lighthouse Lit Fest: Interiority Complex

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
$75

The great advantage of prose (over theater, film, and life) is that we’re privy to characters’ interior states. But how can a writer get thoughts and emotions across, other than by stating them flat-out or by updating us constantly on breathing and heart rate? We’ll explore ways to use tangent, gesture, backstory, action, association, and more to give characters a rich internal life without resorting to the old cardiopulmonary check-in. This class accommodates 25+ writers.

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Society For The Study Of Midwestern Literature Celebrates Mark Twain Award Winners Marilynne Robinson and Rebecca Makkai

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
$5

Marilynne Robinson and Rebecca Makkai, winners of the 2020 and 2021 Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature, in conversation with Phil Christman, author of Midwest Futures. (Free for current SSML members; open to non-members for a $5 registration fee.) SSML Members Register HERE Non-Members Register HERE

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Hugo House Workshop: “Blind Date”

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
$150

This brainstorming workshop will explore the alchemy of combining seemingly disparate concepts into one narrative. We’ll each take our own unused, unloved ideas and, after we discuss the fine art of narrative matchmaking, set them up together for a lifetime of happiness—or at least a few paragraphs of fun. In addition to something to write with, bring whatever notebook or computer file contains your miscellaneous ideas. You’ll leave with the makings of several new pieces. Due to COVID-19, all classes…

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