Spring 2019

Seminar Series

Goat Hill is excited to offer this series of one-night seminars that tackle specific issues of writing craft designed to develop and strengthen your writing practice. Each seminar is capped at 18 participants and led by the main Goats, Ann, Hester, or Taylor. We will introduce new ideas and approaches to story-building through readings on craft, short fiction pieces, and writing exercises. All seminars take place at School One on Providence’s East Side. One seminar is $65 and if you register for all three, you will only pay $150 (or $50 per seminar). Private students of Goat Hill also qualify for a discount. Email us at goathillwriters@gmail.com for more information.

Seminar 1: Crafting Settings That Work Monday, February 4, 6pm to 8:30pm School One, 220 University Avenue, Providence, RI

All stories need a setting to ground them in place and time.  This seminar will look at how setting can create mood, shape character, and offer opportunities for plot development.  An in-class exercise will explore how to craft rich physical worlds through the use of concrete and sensory detail. Snow date: Monday, February 18, 2019.

Seminar 2: From Story to Plot Monday, March 4, 6pm to 8:30pm School One, 220 University Avenue, Providence, RI

You have a great story idea. A character. A situation. Something happens. But then it runs out of steam. The story loses direction. The energy dissipates and the climax feels flat. In this seminar, we will consider approaches to finding the path of the story through plotting. In class exercises will develop ideas for solid plots and methods for you to navigate through the challenges of story building. Snow date: Monday, March 18, 2019.

Seminar 3: Look Who's Talking: The Art of Writing Dialogue Monday, April 29, 6pm to 8:30pm School One, 220 University Avenue, Providence, RI

Writers are often surprised to learn that dialogue shouldn’t sound the way people really talk. As Picasso said, “I’ve never painted red; I’ve only painted the suggestion of red.” In this seminar we will learn how to write successful dialogue, examine what makes dialogue fall flat, discuss syntax and dialect, and read two short stories written almost exclusively in dialogue. You are invited to bring in up to two pages of dialogue from your story, novel, or memoir and revise it.

Goat Hill Workshop and Seminar Policies: Payment is due at the time of registration. If Goat Hill needs to cancel a course for any reason, a full refund will be given. Cancellations five days in advance of the first meeting will receive a full refund less a $25 registration fee. Cancellations within five days of the first class will receive a 50% refund of the tuition. There are no refunds after the course has begun, or for missed classes. Class dates are subject to change with advance notice from the instructor.