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Fiction Intensive: Make it Memorable

Expand your awareness of your craft as a storyteller. “To make it memorable” is both the goal of each narrator in a story and the yearning of the writer who chooses the words. Savor the creative use of language and explore your insatiable desire to learn more about how to make your stories convincing. In this class, you will generate new stories or chapters, honing your skills as you develop a greater understanding of the elements of craft, and you will receive feedback from the instructor and your peers as you revise. Students should be able to maintain focus and write at least 500 words a day. 

These art camp classes meet at least five hours per day, Monday through Friday, with a shorter meeting on Saturday. That said, the day is broken up by discussion time, reading time, and writing time, and groups tend to work in a few different places (the classroom, the library, outside). Group discussions of work will be based on respect for the effort required to produce well-written, imaginative stories.

Students will explore classical and contemporary texts and a variety of storytelling approaches. Instructors will share their personal experiences of growing from an aspiring writer into a working artist.

Creative writing workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with each child at their level. Students will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been writing for years.

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Laptop (optional)

A day in the summer writing program consists of writing, reading, discussion time, and critiquing. Students develop close-reading skills as they examine a variety of stories in terms of craft, and continue to explore the elements of craft (such as characterization, plot, dialogue, and setting) through writing exercises. Students develop their most promising pieces into complete stories or chapters and workshop them with their classmates, receiving thorough feedback from peers and the teacher. Students then revise and polish these pieces and present their best work at the public reading at the end of the program.

Heidi Kaloustian is a writer, editor, and educator. She holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she served as the Fiction Editor of The Iowa Review. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her writing, including a Robert J. Schulze Memorial Fellowship for a first novel, a Kresge Fellowship in the Literary Arts, and a Hopwood Award in Fiction.

She is also a visual artist with a concentration on book arts. Her chapbooks and visual works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Art Book Review, the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, and elsewhere. Heidi has led fiction workshops and creative writing courses for middle and high school writers at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts Creative Writing Program.

14 – 17

July 2 – July 15, 2023
Two week session

Student Reading
Saturday July, 15, 2023
Time and location TBD

Tuition, Room and Board

Day Student Tuition

Lab Fee

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
12 students
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students

Heidi Kaloustian

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