The Origins of the Original (Livestream)

$65.00 Members
$75.00 Non-members

This is the livestream* version of this class. For in-person registration, click here.

For writing to succeed, it must be both well-executed and original. But when we sit down to write, the first words, scenes, characters, conflicts, and settings we come up with are often the least original ones of which we're capable. Digging past the obvious, the stock (and even the products of the collective unconscious), we might finally arrive at stories that are strikingly new and memorable. In this workshop, we'll cover some key elements of originality—specificity, idiosyncrasy, complexity, repetition, and change—and talk about accessing them in both drafting and revision. While originality might seem intuitive or even a product of the writer's personality, it's in fact a skill that can be sharpened. That's what we'll be doing.

*This course will be presented in livestream format, rather than hybrid, so those participating virtually will not be visible or audible to those in person. The facilitator will do their best to repeat audience questions, and the moderator will forward questions from virtual participants to the facilitator whenever possible. Unfortunately, no recordings will be made of this event, so registrants will need to view it live, MDT.

Instructor: Rebecca Makkai Learn More


Jun 13, 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm