Saturday, May 6th
The Mighty Vignette:
Short Form, Big Impact
You have a story or essay in mind, but you don’t know where to start. You’ve written pages of a novel or memoir, but you're having trouble solidifying the mood, character, imagery, or setting.
In this workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers, we’ll explore how the vignette—a short piece of focused, evocative writing—can act as a small key to unlock the setting, mood, and tone of a larger work.
With models from contemporary fiction and nonfiction, we’ll look at how writers use the vignette as a primary building block or as a piece of a larger narrative. We’ll then try our hand at writing our own vignettes, to see how this short form can open up the narrative you’re working on and show you where you're going.
All levels and all genres welcome. Ideal for writers just beginning to shape their stories or those looking for a powerful tool to generate new work.
Lisa Donovan is the author of Red of Split Water, from Trembling Pillow Press. Her work has been a finalist for multiple prizes, including Kelsey St. Press' FIRST! Poetry Prize. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Creative Writing Program, a M.F.A. from Brown University's Literary Arts Program, and studied with Dean Young, Tessa Rumsey, and James Galvin as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. Dr. Donovan currently teaches non-fiction writing to undergraduates at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has taught at the University of Denver and Brown University, among others.