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Classes this Weekend June 12-13 with Patti McCracken and Susan Isaak Lolis

Every writer and aspiring writer’s biggest, baldest, meanest fear–the blank page. Writer’s block has plagued many a penman. But it is a bully easily beaten back with the right know-how. In this course, participants will gain a better understanding of why blocks occur and how to overcome them (or drill right through them!).

Join Patti McCracken for “How to Get Past Writer’s Block” this Saturday, June 12 at 1pm EST.

Patti McCracken is an experienced journalist who brings the people of the world to your pages. Whether it’s babushkas in Bosnia, silk spinners in Saigon, or commune dwellers in Copenhagen, McCracken gives voice to the goings-on around the globe.

Who are Patti McCracken’s favorite authors?

  • John Crowley
  • David Sedaris
  • Carson McCullers
  • Patricia Highsmith
  • David McCullough


We prepare; we partake; we desire food every day. Food shapes who we are: it’s a communion of cultures. Food evokes memories and reveals depth of our characters’ lives.

Join Susan Isaak Lolis for “Food and Fiction: For the Hungry Writer” this Sunday, June 13 at 1pm EST.

This class will look at the role food plays in certain sample short stories and novels, examining how the use of food achieves certain goals in the narrative. Some selected writers are Aimee Bender, Laura Esquivel, Joanne Harris, and Alice Munro. After discussing and working on some delectable writing prompts, students will write their own food-inspired scenes, share them, and receive feedback.  

Here’s why Susan thinks you should take her class:

This class is for any writer at every level. Let’s talk luscious and glorious food and how it evokes memory, longing, lust, love. If you are thinking about developing your character and sense of place for your stories, by incorporating references to food in new ways, you will certainly enjoy this class. We will discuss how food, (eating, drinking, preparing, indulging , withholding) will shape your story and give voice to your characters.

Who are Susan Isaak Lolis’s favorite authors?

  • Edward P. JonesKazuo Ishiguro
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Alice Munro
  • Jesmyn Ward
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Mary Shelley
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Tom Waits
  • Bob Dylan

Read more about Susan Isaak Lolis HERE. 

See a full catalog of our Summer classes, workshops, and seminars and register HERE.

***Tuition assistance and flexibility is available to all who request it, no questions asked. Just select the “I want to talk about tuition assistance” box when checking out!