But What’s The Real Story?: When Plot Is Not Enough,
A Workshop and Intensive,
with Winona Wendth
Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts
A good reader, says critic Charles Baxter, is like a private investigator: He digs up pieces of evidence and starts putting them together to reveal the real story. A good writer is adept at putting those pieces where they will be found. This is subtext—story elements that reveal meaning in indirect ways. What allows a reader to zip through a story and recall only the plot is the absence of subtext; what makes a reader slog through a story is often a mismatch between plot and the language of description. Subtext, like plot, it is always at the service of the meaning of our stories or essays and can be developed in a number of ways.
In Part I, we will investigate short excerpts of good writing and practice using devices that can help our readers discover the meaning of our stories subtly but with great effect. Part I is free and open to the public.
Part II of this workshop is open to those who attended But What’s The Real Story, on February 16, and want personalized guidance for their projects. We will share our own work in a modified workshop setting and revise with a mind toward subplot in staging, literary devices, tone, and characters. The fee for this intensive is $40.00 and pre-registration is required. Click here to enroll. Class size is limited.
Winona Winkler Wendth holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She currently teaches writing and literature at Quinsigamond Community College. She has been a resident of Lancaster since 1992, and a writing mentor since 2007, and has been a workshop leader in Lancaster for the past two years. Her work appears frequently in print and online literary journals and was listed in Best American Essays/2010. She writes both fiction and creative non-fiction and is working on a collection of memoiristic essays as well as a short novel.