A Fiction and Non-fiction Writing Workshop with Susan Conley and Lily King
June 15 - June 22$2500 - $2800
The Stories I Want to Tell: Writers (and friends) Lily King and Susan Conley welcome fiction and non-fiction writers to this cross-genre workshop. We will write new work and expand on older work and try to get you to small breakthroughs in your work in terms of structure and content. The workshop will explore, among many other craft elements, how to give your narrator and characters more emotional range by making different choices around language and voice and interiority. The workshop will run from 9-12, followed by lunch cooked for us on the farm. Afternoons will be free for you to write, explore the farm or nearby villages, read by the pool, or consider taking other classes offered at Spannochia. An hour of one-on-one discussion and editorial feedback with the instructor also takes place in the afternoon. Most dinners will also be served at the farm, with an informal group salon-style gathering afterwards several of the nights.
Susan Conley‘s most recent novel, Elsey Come Home, will be published by Knopf in January 2019. She’s received fellowships from The Macdowell Colony, The Breadloaf Writers Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and The Massachusetts Arts Commission. She’s the author of the memoir The Foremost Good Fortune, which was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick and winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her novel Paris Was the Place was a People Magazine Top Pick and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. Her third book, the photography collaboration Stop Here This is the Place, was a Real Simple Magazine Must Read and won the Maine Literary Award for Publishing Excellence. Other work has appeared in magazines including The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Daily Beast, Ploughshares, The North American Review, The Harvard Review, Witness and others. She has enjoyed leading week-long writing workshops in Beijing, China, and on the coast of France, the coast of Ireland, and the coast of Maine. She’s on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine and lives in Portland, where she’s the co-founder of the creative writing center The Telling Room.
Lily King – Lily is the author of four novels: The Pleasing Hour (1999), The English Teacher (2005), Father of the Rain (2010), and most recently Euphoria (2014), winner of the Kirkus Award for Fiction, finalist for the Nation Book Critics Circle Award, and named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. Lily is also the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the New England Book Award for Fiction, and the Maine Fiction Award. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications.
The program includes the workshop, the one-on-one with the instructor, and evening salon-style readings/gatherings. It also included all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Spannochia) and wine, except for dinner the sole night the Spannochia restaurant in closed. It also includes local transfers at a set time to/from Florence.