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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

Class Name

BEGINNING THE NOVEL: How do I star? How do I keep going? Beginning the novel can be both scary and exciting. You've already written short stories and you're ready for the next step...and the blank page is right there, ready for you to fill it up with a story so unforgettable it will be published immediately and hailed a classic. But how do you start? How do you know you're on the right track? In this workshop for beginners you'll learn how to do this, how to keep going, and write a second novel. Jo‐Ann has an exercise for every aspect of the novel. They de‐mystify novel‐writing: Create dimensional characters Plot a story arc Use setting to create layers in fiction Write dialogue that reveals your characters Recognize and strengthen your style Make a writing life Finish what you start Plan for subsequent novels

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40205 | $400

Beginning the Novel - WIA‐PD

1/8/18 - 3/2/18
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Jo‐Ann Mapson
N/A

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This workshop will focus on building the arc of a story within a poem. We will look at modern and contemporary examples of narrative poetry and explore different approaches for rendering a story in verse. I will include inspiring exercises to get creativity flowing as well as a number of revision strategies once poems are in progress.

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40206 | $400

The Art and Arc of Narrative Poetry - WIA‐PD

1/8/18 - 3/2/18
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Diane Thiel
N/A

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The title for this workshop was inspired by a play entitled Six Characters in Search of an Author. First performed in 1921, this metadrama by Luigi Pirandello introduces a stage manager and his actors in the midst of rehearsal. Imagine their surprise when six befuddled strangers wander onto the set. Turns out, the interlopers are unfinished characters in need of an author to complete them. Sound familiar? Maybe you've tucked away a few such shadowy characters yourself. If so, bring them out of the drawer, dust them off, and get ready to turn your sketches into portraits. Memorable characters are both fully imagined and capable of surprising the author who created them. In this workshop, we will ponder the question of which comes first, character or plot. (Note that the answer is dependent on the author, the characters, and the particular project.) Writers who sign up can expect to work through both character and plot development. We'll experiment with scenarios, story maps, and the Aristotelean incline. Because the class is generative, it matters not whether you've written a little or a lot because our focus will be on creating rather than critiquing.

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40207 | $400

A Character in Search of a Plot - WIA‐PD

1/8/18 - 3/2/18
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Sharon Warner
N/A

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This is a studio class focused on creative production, so expect to write copiously and expansively, using prompts as jumping‐off points and experimenting with ways to shed new light on our work. The advantage of this online, not‐for‐credit format is its flexibility. Regardless of your length of experience or level of expertise, this course has the potential to be as demanding as you want it to be–or as gently inviting. If you're ready to turn up the heat on your writing practice and generate serious new material, you can push yourself to respond to each daily prompt and follow up with the more promising starts, dive into the craft discussions, read the optional selections, share your work with the group, and offer useful feedback to the other writers' work. Conversely, if you're looking for a way to gradually re‐invigorate your writing (or to embark on a new dream), you can select among activities and set a pace that feels right to you. This is not a traditional workshop or critique group; instead, we will create a supportive community devoted to help each other get to the next paragraph, page or draft. The combination of filling pages and examining form and technique will help us deepen our practice and examine our process.

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40208 | $400

Tell Your Story (Memoir/Fiction) - WIA‐PD

1/8/18 - 3/2/18
12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM (54 Session Total)
Robert Wilder
N/A

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Instructors

Diane Thiel

Diane Thiel

Diane Thiel is the author of ten books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy, including Echolocations, Resistance Fantasies, The White Horse: A Colombian Journey, Open Roads: Exercises in Writing Poetry and Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction, among others. Thiel is also a widely published translator. Her translation of Alexis Stamatis’s novel, American Fugue, received an NEA Award. Thiel's work appears in many journals, is re-printed in over sixty major anthologies, and has been translated widely. She has received numerous awards, such as a PEN Translation Award, the Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers Awards, the Nicholas Roerich Award, and she was a Fulbright Scholar. Thiel received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and has taught creative writing for over twenty years. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the English Dept. at the University of New Mexico.

Class: The Art and Arc of Narrative Poetry

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Jo-Ann Mapson

Jo-Ann Mapson

Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of twelve novels, including: Solomon’s Oak, winner of the ALA RUSA award, LA Times Bestseller Bad Girl Creek, Blue Rodeo (a CBS movie for television), and Owen’s Daughter, winner of the NM/AZ Best Novel and Best Book of the Year 2014. She writes contemporary women's fiction, and has several times been an Indie Bound selection. She has taught graduate level Creative Writing for fifteen years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is currently Core Fiction Assistant Professor in the Low Residency MFA in Writing Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her former students include Heather Lende, Judith Ryan Hendricks, Earlene Fowler, Joyce Weatherford and Michael Howarth. Her papers are being collected in Boston University's Twentieth Century Jo-Ann Mapson Collection. She lives just outside Santa Fe with her artist husband and several rescue Italian greyhounds, and is at work on a new novel. Her website is joannmapson.com.

Class: Beginning The Novel: How Do I Start? How Do I Keep Going?

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Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder is the author of a novel, NICKEL, and two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink, both optioned for television and film. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and elsewhere. He has been a commentator for NPR’s MorningEdition, The Madeleine Brand Show, and On Point and other national and regional radio programs including the Daddy Needs a Drink Minute which airs weekly on KBAC FM. Wilder’s column, also titled “Daddy Needs A Drink,” is printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter. He was awarded the 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the past twenty years.

Class: Tell Your Story (memoir/fiction)

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Sharon Oard Warner

Sharon Oard Warner

Sharon Oard Warner is Professor of English/Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico and Co-Chair for the D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives. She has published four books—a collection of short fiction, Learning to Dance and Other Stories; an edited anthology, The Way We Write Now: Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis; as well as two novels, Deep in the Heart and Sophie’s House of Cards.
Her stories have been published in Prairie Schooner, The Laurel Review, Other Voices, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. Her scholarly essays have appeared in Studies in the Novel, Studies in the Short Story, Best Writing on Writing, The Writer’s Handbook, and in selected anthologies. She has recently completed a feature film screenplay, No One’s Daughter.

Class: A Character in Search of a Plot

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