2013 Workshops and Faculty

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Novel-in-Progress (Weeklong AM- Intermediate/Advanced) – Laura Brodie

First impressions are critical, especially in a novel. This workshop will help participants craft dynamic and thoughtful openings that achieve their personal visions for a story, while also aiming to capture a reader’s attention. Looking at initial chapters and novel synopses, we'll talk about everything from characterization and setting, to syntax and dialogue tags, and discuss how to write a good query letter and find the best agent, once your full manuscript is ready.

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Laura Brodie
Laura Brodie - photo credit Fran Fevrier, Images Out of the Ordinary

Laura Brodie's books have been featured in media outlets ranging from CNN and The Diane Rehm Show, to The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. Her first book, Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women, was published by Pantheon in 2001, and covered the transition to coeducation at the Virginia Military Institute. She has also written a memoir, called Love in a Time of Homeschooling (Harper), which describes the ups and downs of a year when she homeschooled her oldest daughter for the fifth grade. Her first novel, The Widow’s Season, won the Pirate’s Alley/Faulkner Society’s 2005 prize for Best Novel-in-Progress. Published in five languages, it became a bestseller in Germany, where it has been adapted into a screenplay for a feature film. Her second novel, All the Truth, was also a German bestseller. Most recently, her short story Spiderman Summer was included in the 2013 Bedford Introduction to Literature. She teaches at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.