Monday, June 3, 2013

Novel writing workshops with Amy Hassinger offered at this year's conference

Amy Hassinger, author of two highly acclaimed and award-winning novels, will be leading two novel-writing workshops at this year's David R. Collins Writers' Conference.

One of the three-day workshops entitled, "Mindfulness, or How to Write a Good Scene and Achieve Inner Peace in Five Easy Steps," will lead attendees on an exploration of developing convincing moment-by-moment scenes through meditation and writing exercises. It will be held during the 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. slot on June 27th, 28th, and 29th. Her second three-day workshop fills the 3:30 to 5 p.m. slot and is titled "The Novel as Machine of Desire: A Crash Course in Story Structure." Participants will examine openings of successful novels with an eye toward character desire as well as analyze and rework the structures of their novels in progress.

Amy grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Barnard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received her MFA in fiction writing. Her book, The Priest's Madonna (Putnam 2006), was translated into Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Indonesian and was named a May, 2006, Book Sense Notable pick. Amy's work has appeared in many publications, including The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online, South Dakota Review, and Fourth Genre. She is also the author of a history textbook, Finding Katahkin: An Exploration of Maine's Past (University of Maine Press, 2001).

The 2013 David R. Collins Writer's Conference will be held June 27th through 29th at New Hall at St. Ambrose University located at 518 W. Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. The conference also features three day writing workshops on a variety of topics including novels, creative non-fiction, reading as writers, speculative fiction, freelancing, poetry, and literary collage; critique sessions; luncheons; and free events. Discounts are offered for MWC member and early bird (before June 15th) registrants. Click here for more details. The conference is made possible by our generous sponsors: Modern Woodman of America, St. Ambrose University English Department, Illinois Arts Council, and Genesis Health Systems.

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