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Workshop offers ‘Novel Ideas’: How to start writing, get published

April 17, 2002

By Angela Moore
University of Mississippi News Services

OXFORD, Miss. — It’s easy to be intimidated about writing in Oxford — the land of William Faulkner, Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, John Grisham and countless others who put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and spin tales admired the world over.

It’s easy to think you could never write. It may seem too complicated.

To help you think differently, a new workshop, “Novel Ideas,” is offered April 27 by the University of Mississippi’s (UM) Center for Non-Credit Education. The daylong session is open to anyone who wants to write and publish a novel, whether you have completed manuscripts in hand or haven’t even started Chapter One.

Margaret-Love Denman, director of the Creative Writing program at the University of New Hampshire, and Chicago writer Barbara Shoup, the author of several successful novels for young adults, share the teaching responsibilities for the workshop, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Yerby Conference Center.

Registration deadline is April 19, and the workshop fee is $150. For details, call 662-915-7283.

Denman and Shoup together have published the book Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. It is a collection of interviews with 23 well-known authors, including Richard Ford, Lee Smith, Michael Chabon, Tony Hillerman, Wally Lamb, Sena Jeter Naslund and Alice McDermott.

Lynne Geller, director of the UM Center for Non-Credit Education, said this workshop is the first of its kind offered through the Yerby Center. Session topics include “Thinking Like a Novelist,” “Creating Characters” and “Publishing: The Work in the World.”

Those requiring special assistance because of a disability also should contact the sponsor.


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