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Creative Writing Classes to be offered locally

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

AP reporter Ryan Lenz drains water from his boots after fording Big Wilson Stream on the second day of his recent attempt at hiking the 100-Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
The Book Vine will offer a summer creative writing workshop this summer, led by students of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop.

The six-week class will be held on Saturdays, beginning June 6 and lasting until July 11, and will focus on fiction and non-fiction narratives. Classes will be available for writers of all levels who are seeking feedback on their work, or just general inspiration. The course fee is $100, and will cover all course materials.

Each class period will include a brief lecture on an array of narrative storytelling issues and discussion about a short piece of American literature, looking at the story from a writer's perspective. The remainder of the time will then focus on a discussion of each other's work, with constructive comments from class members.

Ryan Lenz, a Cherokee native and award-winning journalist who is now studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, will be directing the program. As a journalist for the Associated Press, Lenz' work covering the Iraq War appeared in major newspapers across the nation. He has also written for Rolling Stone. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

If you would like to register for classes, or need more information, please contact Ryan Lenz at rjlenz@me.com or Mollie Loughlin at mfloughlin@hotmail.com , or you may call 712-225-2445 or 712-229-0255.

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