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Story Workshop® (Part 1 of 4)

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Instructor: Kurt Kennedy

4 Thursdays, 10/9, 16, 23, 30

$200/$160 members

Open to all levels, good for beginners

In Story Workshop® sessions, the group does exercises that help creative writers develop point of view, vantage point, physical description, sense of place, voice, voice of the overall storyteller, among others aspects of craft. The intent is to continually build the participants' capacities for mental seeing and to open up experimentation with various styles, structures, subjects, etc., so that when they reach in-session writing at the end of the workshop, their mind's eye is sharp and they are open to many ways to get their story moving. The final session may be a critique-based group discussion of participants' writings, or the "traditional" workshop model.  

Lincoln re-enactor poses with Kurt Kennedy.

Lincoln re-enactor poses with Kurt Kennedy.

Kurt Kennedy is a writer, editor, and teacher from Kansas City, Kansas. He holds a combined MFA/MA in Fiction Writing & the Teaching of Writing from Columbia College Chicago (2013), and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2006), where he began instructing writing in 2004. He received the Follett Fellowship in 2008 and the Albert P. Weisman Award in 2012. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Need & Want and Hair Trigger (vols. 33 & 34).  His current project, Laying Lincoln Down, is a novel about Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train told from the perspective of his embalmer, Harry Cattell. A graphic novel version (Daniel Lee Bauer, Artist) is forthcoming from Wicker Park Press.