The Art of Creative Writing is designed to introduce beginning writers to the fundamentals, skills, and tools needed for a successful creative writer. The course takes full advantage of the arts community in New Harmony, Indiana, as inspiration for scene and story telling. Students will be immersed in the community’s creative vitality—the quintessential middle America small town.

Student writers, will be asked to spend time either before class or after exploring the Atheneum, the art galleries, businesses, neighborhoods, and hiking trails searching and looking for anything that may spark their creative interest and to incorporate these moments in their writing.

As a class we will focus on scene writing and the hero’s journey. Participants will be required to write outside of the workshop, between two and three pages, and be prepared to provide copies and share with all participants. Student writing will be the foundation of our discussions.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and The Scene Book: A Primer for Fiction Writers by Sandra Scofield are the texts that will guide our course. Participants are responsible for obtaining and reading The Scene Book. It can be purchased/ordered online or from one’s local bookstore.

All participants in The Art of Creative Writing will be honored guests at the culminating Arts in Harmony Festival on Saturday, June 1st. This will be an opportunity for each creative writer to practice and participate in a public reading of their work – a skill necessary for all serious writers.

Throughout the week of class, participants will have the opportunity to attend readings, panel discussions, and art events hosted throughout New Harmony. There will be opportunity to network and connect with advanced fiction/memoir writers workshopping during the morning hours.

Our goal with The Art of Creative Writing is to send each participant home with tools in their creative writing toolbox and the foundation of a story upon which they can begin their creative writing journey!


FACULTY

J. PATRICK REDMOND

J. PATRICK REDMOND

THE ART OF CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. SOME GO HUNGRY is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Presently he teaches English Composition and World Literature at the University of Southern Indiana.

LAUREN J. SHARKEY

LAUREN J. SHARKEY

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LAUREN J. SHARKEY’s debut novel, INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER, is forthcoming in 2020, and based on her experience as a Korean American adoptee. Sharkey is currently Managing Editor and Marketing & Web Development Coordinator for Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, Executive Assistant of the James Jones Writers Workshop Retreat, and Creative Nonfiction Editor at Reservoir Journal

Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Dear Adoption, and Blind Faith BooksI AM STRENGTH anthology.