June 13, 2024
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Award-Winning authors to lead summer writing intensive at St. John’s College

stjohnsSeasoned and beginning writers alike are invited to join a special one-day summer writing intensive at St. John’s College. Working under the guidance of noted regional writers Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz, participants may select four workshops from seven choices to address their most challenging writing issues and will leave equipped with new skills, understanding, and motivation. In addition, Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz will be available for a limited number of private consultations to discuss personal writing challenges. The Summer Writing Intensive at St. John’s College will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Lobby, Mellon Hall. Tuition is $165. All levels are welcome. The day will also include a continental breakfast, a box lunch with Question and Answer Forum, and a wine reception where participants can meet and talk with instructors and fellow writers.

To register and for more information: www.sjc.edu/cefa or 410-626-2881 

Laura Oliver is the author of “The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers” (Penguin Random House) named one of the best writing books of the year by The Writer Magazine and Poets and Writers Magazine. She has taught creative writing at the University of Maryland and currently teaches writing workshops at St. John’s College and The Writer’s Center. In addition, Oliver is an award-winning writer whose fiction and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines and top-tier literary reviews. Among other distinctions, she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, an Annie Award for Literary Achievement from the Anne Arundel Arts Council, a two-time Glimmer Train fiction award finalist, and her work has been nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Oliver holds an M.F.A. degree from Bennington College, and has completed writing seminars in creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa. 

Lynn Auld Schwartz is a writer, ghostwriter, and story development editor. Her plays have been performed in Atlanta and New York City, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in New York City, has received two Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a 2014 Annie Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County for literary arts. Her stories have appeared in literary journals; she has published numerous nonfiction lifestyle articles, and has produced and directed the ongoing Page To Stage series, which offers writers the opportunity to tell their stories on stage. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and M.A. from The City College of New York. A graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, Schwartz teaches fiction and memoir at St. John’s College and The Writer’s Center.

The following workshops will be offered at the Summer Writing Intensive:

  • Hard-wired for Story: What Neuroscience Teaches Us about How to Hook a Reader, led by Laura Oliver
  • Creating Complex Characters, led by Lynn Auld Schwartz
  • The Poetry of Prose, led by Temple Cone 
  • Screenwriting Tools for Writing Effective Dialogue, led by Khris Baxter
  • Using Fictional Techniques in Memoir and Personal Essay, led by Ron Capps
  • Story and Structure: Not Just for Screenwriters, led by Khris Baxter 
  • Literary Agents: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How? led by Lauren Sharp 

For a complete schedule and descriptions of all St. John’s Continuing Education and Fine Arts Program offerings, contact Christine Tolson at 410-626-2881 or [email protected], or visit www.sjc.edu/cefa.

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