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Diane Gallo
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Paul Grondahl
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Audrey Hynes
Susan Jenks
Bryce Johannes
Pamela Katz
John La Rocca
Judy Lawson
Terry Leonino
Alice Lichtenstein
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Kelly Martin
Veronique Martin
Alison Miller
Linda Miller
Richard Miller
Kathleen OConnell
Penny Perkins
Bonnie Persico
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Mary Ann Ronconi
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Alice Lichtenstein

Alice has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the prestigious MacDowell Colony in Petersborough in New Hampshire. Her debut novel, The Genius of the World, received high acclaim from critics. Alice has taught writing at Boston University, Wheaton College, and the Harvard University Summer School. Her lastest novel "Lost" may be found on local bookstore best seller lists.

Alice's workshops are endowed by the Whiteside-Ehlert Memorial Writing Series


A Character!

In this workshop, students learn to create and develop characters in order to write a story or a novel. Students learrn how to make a character "real" and how to make him or her leap from the page and begin to speak. Great characters drive great fiction. See how crowded our room will become when it doubles in size through imagination!

Fantasy in Fiction

In this writing workshop we present a mentor who has a special gift for showing young writers how to cultivate creativity by bringing forth story ideas. Through writing fantastical stories, students will become fluent in the elements of narrative structure: problem, obstacle, climax and resolution. At the close of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to share and enjoy their stories.

From the Outside Looking In: Exploring Family, Community and Culture

Told again and again family stories reveal people adapting to new cultures and thus provide lush "free writing" material. "Insider-outsider" identities emerge as the student writers become one of the characters in their stories. Free writing focuses on imagination rather than on editing. Students experience confidence in writing on how their own identities emerged.

Set the Scene!

You have your characters, you have your plot, but how do you set the scene? Scenes are the backbone of fiction writing. They are the windows on the action and interaction of your characters. A good scene draws your reader into the story by showing not telling. It establishes a real, recognizable setting and requires the writer to choose a point of view. In this workshop, students will learn the craft of scene writing: choosing (and sticking with) a point of view, using significant detail, creating dialogue, and using action to move the story forward. The key to creating great fiction is the key to writing great scenes.

Transformations: Turning Life into Fiction

In this workshop we present two mentors who have special gifts for showing young writers how to cultivate their creativity to bring forth story ideas. Through seemingly effortless exercises they help students come up with the elements of fiction: setting, characters, situations, details. They also share the value and the skills of developing stories out loud.

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