Professional Development for Writers

Camouflage: How to Write About Family and Survive

 

Families provide great material for writers but it can come at a cost. What are the ethical and psychological consequences for “outing” personal connections? When is it your story to tell? How do you negotiate stories with opposing versions? Lissa McLaughlin discusses how her family of origin still informs her work on the level of structure, metaphor, even pronoun choice. In a short exercise, participants are invited to camouflage some aspect of family (however they define this slippery term). Questions and concerns are encouraged.

Craft Talk: How to Write Endings

“I love the story/novel—but in the end, the end didn’t work for me” is an ironic rejection many a writer has gotten back from an editor. All good things must end, but how do you end a story? What makes an ending feel like the end, what actions, revelations close a story or novel successfully for the reader? We’ll talk about some classic narrative structures, famous endings and, together, brainstorm ideas for your own work. 

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Craft Talk: Dynamic Storytelling

You will learn techniques to mine your life experiences to find stories. Participants will also learn about narrative structure and the essential elements to tell a compelling five-minute story. This will be an interactive workshop.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Craft Talk: On Writing for Young Adults

Brittany Cavallaro will discuss strategies for brainstorming, planning, and writing your YA novel. We'll talk about how to create complex characters, how to craft both plot and emotional arcs, and how to pace your novel for a tense, interesting read. Great intro for anyone considering her workshop, The World at Stake.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Write-In

Arts + Literature Laboratory hosts regular write-ins the first Wednesday evening of each month from 7 to 9 at ALL on Winnebago St. We know writing can be hard and lonely. We can't make it much easier, but we can definitely make it less lonely. And now you have no excuse not to finish that novel this year. 

Write-ins provide all writers an opportunity to work for two hours with tea, coffee and sometimes conversation but without interruption. These events have served well over 150 writers.

Ready to Visit?

Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.

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