Sean Prentiss Master Class Lottery

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Sean Prentiss, author of the award-winning Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave

This spring, we’re excited to offer 3 workshops with Sean Prentiss, the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. Participation in these workshops will be decided by lottery. The lottery closes Friday, April 27.

This workshop is funded in part by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund. Learn more about the BCA >

 

 

Enter the lottery and learn more:

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Your Meetup Name (Please make sure to give us your name as it appears in your Meetup profile)  :  *
Your Email  :  *
Your First Choice:  : 
May 9: Time Perception in Creative Writing
May 23: Living Maps: Turning Place into a Character
June 6: Beginnings and Endings*
Your Second Choice:  : 
May 9: Time Perception in Creative Writing
May 23: Living Maps: Turning Place into a Character
June 6: Beginnings and Endings
N/A (I can't attend any others)*
 
Your Third Choice:  : 
May 9: Time Perception in Creative Writing
May 23: Living Maps: Turning Place into a Character
June 6: Beginnings and Endings
N/A (I can't attend any others)*
 

We’ll let you know if you’ve gotten a spot by Wednesday, May 2. Our goal will be to ensure that as many people as possible can attend at least 1 of these 3 workshops. If there are additional spots available, we’ll happily give you a seat at more!

Note: To be eligible for this lottery, you need to have attended or be signed up for (and then attend before these guest authors workshops) at least 1 “regular” workshop in which you offered feedback to your fellow members.

 Learn how the lottery works

  1. You need to have attended or be signed up for at least 1 “regular” workshop in which you offered feedback to your fellow members in order to be eligible for the lottery. This is the same requirement we have before you can submit your own work for feedback. Given that all our workshops are free and open to all, this is just a simple step to ensure we’re keeping alive our spirit of both giving and receiving.
  2. Enter the lottery by filling out the form above. Please check all workshops in this offering that you would like to/are available to attend.
  3. The lottery will close on Friday, April 27, midnight. Once the lottery closes, we’ll do a random drawing and offer spots based on lottery order and workshop preference. Note that we will try to move folks who haven’t gotten into a guest author workshop recently to the top of the list.
  4. We’ll add you to the Meetup as a “Yes” RSVP by Wednesday, May 2 if you’ve gotten a spot in the lottery. You’ll be notified by Meetup that you’ve been added.
  5. We’ll ask for a 48-hour cancellation notice for these workshops. All you need to do to cancel is change your RSVP in Meetup to a “No.” For the sake of fairness to those on the waitlist—and to ensure we have enough participants for a vibrant workshop—if you cancel within 48 hours, we’ll ask you to wait for at least 1 guest author workshop before entering another lottery.

Review the workshop descriptions

Prose Master Class with Sean Prentiss
Time Perception in Creative Writing
Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 PM

In this master class, we will look at brain science to learn how our perception of time slows during important moments and speeds up during mundane moments. Then we will examine how writers can mirror this slowing down and speeding up in their scenes. This class is part discussion and part generative as we learn about the science of time and how to use that science to make our most important scene feel as authentic as our real world moments.

Prose Master Class with Sean Prentiss
Living Maps: Turning Place into a Character
Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM

In Living Maps, we will talk about why setting, an often neglected component to our stories, is as important as any character. And then we will work our way through a multitude of ways to add layers of complexity to the places where our narratives take place. This, in turn, helps the reader see our characters in new and powerful ways. By the end of this master class, we will know exact ways to turn our settings into living maps and we will have practiced turning our settings into something so authentic that it is as powerful as any of our characters. 

Prose Master Class with Sean Prentiss
Beginnings and Endings
Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 PM

In Beginnings and Endings, we will talk about why beginnings and endings are so important to our stories. And then we will look at specific examples of types of beginnings and endings we can write. This master class will offer writers the chance to try out these beginnings and endings on their own stories. 

Learn more about Sean Prentiss

Sean Prentiss is the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. Finding Abbey won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography. It was also a Vermont Book Award and Colorado Book Award finalist.

Prentiss is the co-author of the environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthologyand the forthcoming textbook, Advanced Creative Nonfiction. Prentiss is also the series editor for the Bloomsbury Publishing Writers Guide Series. This textbook line includes a variety of forthcoming textbooks all focused around creative writing. Two books, Environmental and Nature Writing and Poetry: A Craft Guide and Anthology are currently in print and three books are under contract, included Prentiss’s Advanced Creative Nonfiction. Prentiss is also the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfictiona creative nonfiction craft anthology, and the co-editor of the forthcoming book, The Science of Story: The Brain Behind Creative Nonfiction.

He and his family live on a small lake in northern Vermont and he serves as an associate professor at Norwich University and is a faculty member in the M.F.A. Writing and Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.