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Rananim - D.H. Lawrence Writing Workshops

In collaboration with Continuing Education, the UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives are providing exciting eight-week, online writing workshops called Rananim. Rananim‘s online classes give you the opportunity to write, receive feedback, and learn about the craft of writing in an online course environment. Expect weekly feedback, craft talks, as well as writing assignments and prompts. Many faculty members are former instructors with the Taos Summer Writers' Conference, which was ranked a top-ten summer writers' conference from 1999-2016.

Rananim courses run for eight weeks in Jan/Feb, Apr/May, and Oct/Nov. The cost is $400 per class. $50 of your paid tuition gets you a tax receipt from the UNM Foundation for your contribution to the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives to preserve the legacy of novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence.


About the D.H. Lawrence Ranch

The purpose of the Ranch Initiatives is to preserve the legacy of novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence. Widely considered one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, the British novelist owned only one piece of property in his lifetime, a 160-acre ranch located some fifteen miles outside of Taos, New Mexico which was bequeathed to the University of New Mexico by Frieda Lawrence.  Fundamental to the mission of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is preservation of the property and historic buildings. The Ranch Initiatives program will seek to place the operation of the property on a firm financial basis and to restore and develop the site so that it can support educational, cultural, and research activities for students, faculty, and the greater New Mexico community. This mission honors the directives of Frieda Lawrence’s will, which stipulated that the property “be used for educational, cultural, charitable, and recreational purposes.”


Upcoming Classes

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Whether you want to write short stories, memoir, or a novel, your opening pages will be crucial for creating a world that engages your reader. This workshop will move through the essential elements of fiction as we craft the opening chapter of a longer story or novel. In the first week we'll generate a few pages of new writing with a plot prompt designed to introduce conflict. Then, through exercises in setting, characterization, dialogue and backstory, we will build a world around that conflict. Though we will be fleshing out a new piece of writing, you'll be free to tailor your optional exercises to make them useful for any outside projects. (In other words, you can explore, in more detail, the setting for your latest short story, or discover new character traits in the protagonist of your novel‐in‐progress). The last three weeks of the course will focus on workshopping pages of your choice–either pieces you have produced outside of class, or the new pages that the workshop has inspired. This course will be geared toward intermediate and beginning writers, though people of all levels are welcome. Suggested readings will come primarily from Norton Anthology short stories and novel excerpts by authors ranging from Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Sandra Cisneros and Cormac McCarthy. Although the course will focus on fiction, the lessons learned will be applicable to memoir and other forms of creative nonfiction.

Note: Tuition Remission eligible

40201 | $400

Where to Begin: Steps Toward Creating a World - FAA‐PD

10/2/17 - 11/24/17
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Laura Brodie
N/A

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The aim of this class is to prompt, nudge, coax, goad, inspire, and startle each member into generating fresh and exciting work. Both novice and seasoned writers will benefit from (optional) daily writing prompts, weekly readings, frequent craft talks, and an ongoing discussion forum that will help to crank up the heat on our personal writing practice. Not a critique group, we'll create an engaged and supportive community devoted to witnessing and encouraging each writer's work, respectfully challenging each member to risk new ventures and explore unfamiliar territory. The elements of narrative craft will guide us to deepen, expand and enrich our writing process.

Note: Tuition Remission eligible

40202 | $400

Write It New - FAA‐PD

10/2/17 - 11/24/17
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Summer Wood
N/A

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Vision is a powerful instrument in life and literature. When we read fiction, we rely on the author's words to evoke a place where sounds are heard, flavors tasted, scents smelled, and textures felt, but above all we trust the language to appeal to our sense of sight. Indeed, if it doesn't, we may well set the narrative aside. In this workshop, which will be both generative and constructive, images will inspire the fiction we write and lend it coherence, cohesion, and meaning. Throughout this workshop we will approach fiction as a discipline that makes use of narrative strategies as well as strategies of lyricism, painting, drawing, and photography, art forms that cannot render causality except by implication and impart their meanings through exploration of stasis and techniques of compression. In addition to reading a wide variety of narratives that make central of images, students may expect one writing prompt per week and the opportunity to have their own original fiction, whether flash, short, or long, discussed in a safe environment in which all members of the workshop agree on the value of helping stories find their larger audience.

Note: Tuition Remission eligible

40203 | $400

Image in Narrative: The Picture Tells the Story (Fiction/Creative Non‐Fiction) - FAA‐PD

10/2/17 - 11/24/17
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Daniel Mueller
N/A

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Each of us has a voice that is powerful, a voice that is meant to share the stories we hold inside of us. Where do stories take root? When and where does the occasion of poetry take place? How does poetry plant itself early on in our artistic beginnings? During this eight‐week workshop we will focus on and discuss poetry that investigates the human experience. We will learn more about that ways in which poetry can serve as seeds to create the food that nurtures and heals the flooding of our internal heartscapes. We'll use poetry to explore how the art of remembering can allow us to re‐member — and put ourselves back together after rupture. This course is meant for writers at all levels and is primarily designed for beginning and intermediate poets who wish to expand their knowledge of craft and poetic forms. This will be a generative poetry course with prompts designed to help you create new poems while learning about yourself.

40204 | $400

Writing the Rupture - FAA‐PD

10/2/17 - 11/24/17
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Tanaya Winder
N/A

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Instructors

Laura Brodie

Laura Brodie

Laura Brodie is the author of four books—nonfiction, memoir and novels—that have been featured in media outlets ranging from The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, to The Dianne Rehm Show and CNN. Her first book, Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women (Pantheon 2000, Vintage 2001), covered the transition to coeducation at America’s last all-male military college. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Season (Berkley/Penguin 2009), won the 2005 Faulkner-Wisdom prize for best novel-in-progress, was published in five languages, and became a bestseller in Germany. After writing Love in a Time of Homeschooling (Harper 2010, HarperPerennial 2011), she blogged for Psychology Today magazine about public education and its discontents, and the emotional ups and downs of short-term homeschooling. More recently her short story, “Spiderman Summer,” was anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Laura has taught novel-in-progress workshops at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, and currently works as a Visiting Associate Professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Class: Where to Begin: Steps Toward Creating a World

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Daniel Mueller

Daniel Mueller

Daniel Mueller is the author of two collections of short stories, How Animals Mate (Overlook Press 1999), which won the Sewanee Fiction Prize, and Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey (Outpost 19 Books 2013). His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Writing Disorder, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Story Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, CutBank, Joyland, Surreal South, Another Chicago Magazine, The Mississippi Review, Story, The Crescent Review, and Playboy. New work appears or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Gargoyle. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Santa Fe Writers’ Project, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Henfield Foundation, University of Virginia, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He serves as a Professor of English at University of New Mexico and a member of the creative writing faculty of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Class: Central Image in Narrative: The Picture Tells the Story

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Tanaya Winder 

Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is a poet, writer, and educator, raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, CO. An enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, her background includes Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Navajo, and Black heritages. Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love). A winner of the 2010 A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando prize in poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cutthroat magazine, Superstition Review, Drunkenboat and Kweli among others. Her poems from her manuscript “Love in a Time of Blood Quantum” were produced and performed by the Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company in NYC. Her debut poetry collection Words Like Love was published in 2015 by West End Press. Tanaya has taught writing courses at Stanford University, UC-Boulder, and the University of New Mexico. She has a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in creative writing from UNM. She is a co-founder of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. She guest lectures and teaches creative writing workshops at high schools and universities internationally.

Class: Poetry: Writing the Rupture

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Summer Wood

Summer Wood

Summer Wood is the author of two novels: Raising Wrecker, set amid the giant trees of Northern California’s magical Lost Coast, and Arroyo, placed in the fictional terrain of northern New Mexico. Raising Wrecker was recognized with the WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction and was a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection and a BookBrowse Editors’ Choice. A recipient of the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Wood currently serves as Executive Editor for Voices from the American Land. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Cutthroat, Flyway, the Indiana Review, and other places, and she has taught for the Taos Summer Writers' Conference and, online, for Rananim.

Class: Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: Write It New

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