Stealing from the Poet’s Toolbox: A Fiction Writers Workshop with Estha Weiner (in person)

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Sarah Lawrence College
    Slonim Second Floor Classroom

    Please use Andrews Parking Lot (Kimball Avenue). Classroom location subject to change.
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Instructor: Estha Weiner
    Six hour IN PERSON session on Friday, October 22, 2021
    10:00am to 4:00pm EST 
    Workshop is limited to 10 participants

    Sarah Lawrence College requires COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors who are over the age of twelve. Your participation in this in-person event/activity is an attestation that you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  The College reserves the right to require visitors to produce proof of vaccination at any time.
    Class participants and instructors are required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.
    Students who register for this class will be emailed the safety guideline form, which must be completed before the first class. 

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    Course Description

    Have as many tools as possible, when you start to write that story/novel.

    During the first part of  this intensive, we will read variant short fiction or portions of short fiction and a one-act play that successfully use many tools of the poet, from writers: Grace Paley, Jamaica Kincaid, Tim O'Brien, Harold Pinter, James Joyce, Gabriel García Márquez, Amy Hempel, and Kathy Fish. We'll  then discuss what poetry tools  these writers are using.

    The second part will be to begin a first draft of your short story, utilizing the poetry tools, as well as, of course, tools of fiction. You'll have the chance to read your drafts out loud, and  we'll have the chance to respond. New rich work for all!

    Who Should Take This Class? 

    Prose writers  who are open to using  poetry tools to expand and enrich their writing . 

    Your Instructor

    Estha Weiner's  newest poetry  collection is:  at the last minute { Salmon Poetry, 2019}. She is also author of In the Weather of the World (Salmon Poetry), Transfiguration Begins at Home ( Tiger Bark Press), The Mistress Manuscript (Asheville Book Works), and co-editor/contributor to Blues  For Bill: A Tribute to William  Matthews ( University of Akron Press). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic and Barrow Street. Winner of a Paterson Poetry Prize and Visiting Scholar at  Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England, she is founding director of Sarah Lawrence NY Alumni Writers Nights, and serves on the Advisory Committee of Slapering  Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center. She is a professor in the English Dept. of City College of NY, CUNY, and Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.      


    Estha Weiner cares deeply about writers and writing. As she shares the strategies she uses when crafting her own (sly, winning, sometimes searing) poems, she guides writers of all genres and levels to greater fluency. She has the rare ability to make literary concepts concrete. And she has a passion for language that inspires students to take their work further.- Nalina Moses

    This was a great workshop. Estha Weiner had some readings to give us examples of using the poets' toolbox.  We read them aloud. I particularly liked the use of lists. This class helped me with both poetry writing and fiction. It was an inspiration and fun.- Pamela Butler

    Estha's class inspired me to learn new craft and tools to enhance my work.  I also wrote the beginnings of several new pieces eventually published a year later.- Paula Brancato

    Registration is no longer available because the event has been cancelled.