Science : Fiction – How to Build Literary Worlds – Munich Readery Creative Writing Workshop – April 30 [SOLD OUT]

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Science : Fiction – How to Build Literary Worlds
Saturday April 30, 2016 * 9:00-12:00

The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

In this class, we will explore how the fabric and rules of literary worlds in realist and speculative fiction are created.  By examining the parameters of social and behavioral codes, human interactions and psychology, and the materiality of worlds, we’ll explore that volatile space where truth and lie meet, where conflicts crystallize, and where storytelling disturbs and delights. If you’re currently working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatrical play, lyrical essay, memoir, or narrative poem which has a unique literary world at its heart, come stop by the Munich Readery on Saturday April 30 for our next creative writing workshop led by Rita Banerjee.  To register, send an email to John by April 22 at: store@themunichreadery.com. Workshop Fee: €30.  This workshop is SOLD OUT.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Writing What You Fear – Munich Readery Creative Writing Workshop – April 16

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Writing What You Fear
Saturday April 16, 2016 * 9:00-12:00

The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

In this workshop, writers will be invited to write about what they fear. We will begin by studying Lidia Yuknavitch’s personal essay, “Woven,” and Alexander Chee’s “My Parade,” and will discuss how nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and theatre can grapple with uncomfortable subjects and situations to illuminate conflicts, heighten drama, create complex characters, and reveal the human condition. In this class, writers will be invited to push their speakers and protagonists to face obstacles that they’re rather like to avoid or are afraid to encounter. We’ll study what makes a story compelling based on psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional stakes. If you’re currently working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatrical play, lyrical essay, memoir, or narrative poem which has a unique dilemma at is heart, come stop by the Munich Readery on Saturday April 16 for our next creative writing workshop led by Rita Banerjee.  Participation in this workshop is limited to 15, and advance registration is required. To register, send an email to Lisa by April 12 at: store@themunichreadery.com. Workshop Fee: €30.

 

National Write-a-Novel Month 2015 Writing Workshops & Write-Ins at the Munich Readery – November 7, 14, 21, 28

RoyalTypeWriterDuring November, The Munich Readery will host workshops and write-ins for writers developing or working to complete a book-length manuscript. We’ll kick off the month by hosting a workshop with Rita Banerjee on “Life and Lived Stories” and the craft of nonfiction and fiction writing on Saturday, November 7. Writers will bring in their project proposals and ideas for a book-length project to be reviewed in class. We’ll review a text that blurs the line between fact and fiction and can serve as a launching pad for building longer narratives. Beginning writers also welcome.  On the next three Saturdays, November 14, 21, and 28, The Munich Readery will host special “write-in” sessions, during which writers will work on their book-length projects.  Rita Banerjee will meet individually with writers during these sessions to discuss their projects and progress.  Rita will help writers set goals for each write-in, and the sessions will conclude with self-assessments and a question and answer period.  Workshop Fee: €30/workshop.  Email Lisa at the Munich Readery to enroll at store@themunichreadery.com

Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München
Saturday November 7 – Life & Lived Stories Workshop (9 am – 12 noon sharp) [SOLD OUT]
Saturday November 14, 21, 28 – Write-ins (9 am – 12 noon sharp)

Rita Banerjee received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and teaches at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.  Her writing has been featured in VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Riot Grrrl Magazine, Poets for Living Waters, The Fiction Project, Objet d’Art, and on KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon. Her first collection of poems, Cracklers at Night, received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book at the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival.  Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, she is currently working on a novel and a book of lyrical essays.

Creative Writing Workshop & Literature Lab Series at the Munich Readery

WritingWorkshopRita Banerjee will be leading a monthly creative writing workshop and literature lab at The Munich Readery for writers who are currently working on a long-term, book-length creative writing manuscript.  Poets, fiction writers, playwrights, memoirists, essayists, and screenwriters are welcomed to join the workshop.  The workshop will meet for a three-hour session each month in which writers will share and receive feedback on their creative writing projects and manuscripts in progress.  In addition, each workshop will open with a half-hour literature lab in which short and well-known works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and theatre will be analyzed alongside essays on creative writing craft and technique.  This workshop will be limited to 10 participants, and enrollment will close once seats are filled.  Writers are encouraged to enquire about upcoming workshop dates in case seats become available.  Readings for classes will be provided to all writers.  Workshop Fee: €30/session.  Email Lisa at the Munich Readery to enroll: store@themunichreadery.com  Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

Upcoming Workshops:
Saturday April 18, 9:00-12:00 –   Triggering Towns + Introductions [SOLD OUT]
Saturday May 9, 9:00-12:00 – John McPhee & the Art of Nonfiction [SOLD OUT]
Saturday June 13, 9:00-12:00– Haruki Murakami & Stories within Stories [SOLD OUT]
Saturday June 20, 9:00-12:00– Haruki Murakami & Stories within Stories [OPEN]
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Sunday July 5, 14:00-17:00 – Joan Didion & Telling Stories Slant [SOLD OUT]
* Due to popular demand, a second class of Haruki Murakami & Stories within Stories will be offered on Saturday June 20, from 9 am – 12 pm at the Munich Readery.

What’s at Stake Revision Workshop

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Sunday May 17, 2015 * 14:00-17:00

The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

What makes a story tick? What makes a hero embark on a story filled with the promise of adventure and the inevitability of peril? If you are trying to figure out what the central, driving force of your story is, and how to structure and propel your narrative forward, come to our creative writing workshop “What’s at Stake Revision Workshop.” In this revision workshop, we will pick up where our “Storytelling and What’s at Stake” workshop left off, and we will investigate how knowing what’s at stake in a story can help a writer to further engage his/her audience by developing central conflicts and tensions which help to make a story unique and memorable. During workshop, we will review and revise the writing begun for the “Storytelling and What’s at Stake” Workshop. Participants are also welcomed to bring in the character sketches, stories, poems, and performance pieces they are currently working which explore what makes each character tick and react in terms of their personal, professional, social, and political investments. So if you’re currently working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatre play, lyrical essay, memoir, or narrative poem and are trying to figure out what’s at stake in your work, come stop by the Munich Readery on Sunday May 17 for our next creative writing workshop led by Rita Banerjee.  To register, send an email to Lisa at: store@themunichreadery.com. Workshop Fee: €30.  Please contact the Munich Readery at store@themunichreadery.com for information on future writing workshops taught by Rita Banerjee.

Storytelling & What’s at Stake Writing Workshop at the Munich Readery – Mar 8 [SOLD OUT]

storytellingSunday March 8, 2015 * 14:00-17:00
The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

What makes a story tick? What makes a hero embark on a journey filled with the promise of adventure and the inevitability of peril? If you are trying to figure out the central, driving force of your story and how to structure and propel your narrative forward, this workshop is for you! We will explore what makes every character tick and react in terms of her personal, professional, social, and political investments. We’ll also look at how understanding what’s at stake can help a writer to further engage readers by developing central conflicts and tensions that help make a story unique and memorable.  So if you’re working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatre play, lyrical essay, memoir or narrative poem and are trying to figure out what’s at stake in your work, join us on March 8.  Participation in this workshop is limited to 15, and advance registration is required. To register, send an email to Lisa at: store@themunichreadery.com. Workshop Fee: €30.  This workshop is currently sold out.

Character Development Revision Workshop at the Munich Readery – November 16

HisGirlFriday-WriterSunday, November 16, 2014 * 14:00-16:30
The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

Femme fatales, gumshoe detectives, star-crossed lovers, wicked stepmothers, wise fools, empathetic anti-heroes: dynamic and archetypal characters can be key to making a good story or lyrical piece tick and pulling in the reader deeper into your creative work. In this revision workshop, we’ll pick up where our Character Development workshop left off, and will focus on putting dynamic and archetypal characters in action. During workshop, we will review and revise the writing begun for the Character Development and Playing with Persona Workshop.  Participants are also welcomed to bring in the character sketches, stories, poems, and performance pieces they are currently working on which utilize dynamic and archetypal characters.  Workshop fee: €25.  To register, send an email and writing to review (1000 words or less) to store@themunichreadery.com by November 12.

Character Development Workshop at the Munich Readery – October 12

CharacterDevelopmentSunday, October 12, 2014 * 14:00-16:30
The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München

Femme fatales, gumshoe detectives, star-crossed lovers, wicked stepmothers, wise fools, empathetic anti-heroes: dynamic and archetypal characters can be key to making a good story or lyrical piece tick and pulling in the reader deeper into your creative work. In this workshop, we will discuss how dynamic and archetypal characters can help structure stories, propel narratives forwards, and how they can provide interesting ethical dilemmas and emotional spectrums to narratives and verse. We will learn about the building blocks of creating strong, unforgettable characters, and learn how playing with persona can help liberate nonfictional stories and lyrical poems. So if you’re currently working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatre play, lyrical essay, memoir, or poem which has a strong and unique character at is heart, come stop by the Munich Readery on Sunday October 12 for our next creative writing workshop led by Rita Banerjee. Workshop fee: €25. To register, send an email to store@themunichreadery.com by October 8.