2018 Faculty
A Course in Free-writing
with Abigail DeWitt 
Free-writing is the foundation of everything I teach and everything I write. It’s a way of discovering your strongest, most vivid material, overcoming writer’s block, and making your writing come alive. In this course, I’ll show you how to develop a free-writing practice, and I’ll also give you the steps for transforming free-writing into finished work.  You’ll learn how to recognize the core--the heart--of what you’ve put down on paper.Time and time again, I’ve seen how learning this simple skill turns tentative writers into accomplished writers.  Everyone is welcome:  If you’ve never written anything besides a shopping list, this course is for you.  If you’re an established author, it’s for you, too.
Those who would like an advance critique may send 2 double-spaced pages to my home address: 160 Singing Frog Rd. Burnsville, NC 28714. These pages will help me plan how best to help you. I will return these pages, with my comments, at our first class. No electronic submissions, please. Manuscripts must be postmarked by August 1, 2018.

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels, LILI (WW Norton), DOGS (Lorimer Press), and NEWS OF OUR LOVED ONES (forthcoming from HarperCollins in fall 2018). Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, nominated for a Pushcart, and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts, and the Michener Society.
Abigail received a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. For many years, she taught Creative Writing, Literature, and French at universities around the country; now she leads private workshops and mentors people one-on-one. For more information, please visit www.abigaildewitt.com
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