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Rananim - D.H. Lawrence Writing Workshops

In collaboration with the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, and the UNM Foundation, The University of New Mexico is helping to provide exciting 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.

Rananim courses run for eight weeks in Jan/Feb, Apr/May, Jul/Aug 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.


Upcoming Rananim Courses

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This online workshop on travel writing is open to all levels, with beginners especially encouraged to join. Maybe you've enjoyed travel articles in magazines like National Geographic or you've admired the work of travel writers such as Bill Bryson and Elizabeth Gilbert and thought you'd like to try writing in a similar vein. This workshop will help get you started. We'll explore the elements that make for a good travel story. We'll focus on going beyond clichés to capture the telling detail, the sense of voice, and the development of character that all good travel writing shares. While the emphasis will be on nonfiction, we'll also consider the ways that fiction and poetry can employ themes of travel and journey. So if you prefer to write fiction or poetry, this workshop will accommodate your interests. Throughout the workshop, we'll study examples from accomplished travel writers. A variety of exercises will help you discover new possibilities for your own writing. Most important, you'll have the chance to share your writing with others. Your work will get a sympathetic reading, encouragement, and lots of detailed feedback.

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40201 | $400

On the Road to Find Out: An Introduction to Travel Writing - SPA-PD

4/3/17 - 5/29/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (57 Session Total)
Stephen Benz
N/A

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Each of us at any given moment has a poem coiled at the center of our lives, a story that must be told. What that story is or how it is revealed may appear to shift, but the story is always there, at times urgent under pressure, at other times rising as quietly and mysteriously as mist from the pond of our being. During this eight-week workshop we will plumb the depths for that which only the letting loose of words on the page can reveal. Our focus will be on writing poems based on what Galway Kinnell termed, '

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40202 | $400

The Story Within the Story: Unleashing the Poem at the Center of Our Lives - SPA

4/3/17 - 5/29/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (57 Session Total)
Sawnie Morris
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.

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40203 | $400

Image in Narrative: The Picture Tells the Story - SPA

4/3/17 - 5/29/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (57 Session Total)
Daniel Mueller
N/A

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Craft an original and production-ready short film. In this course, you'll learn the industry standards for script formatting and how to structure and plot a short film. You'll also learn to create three-dimensional characters and authentic dialogue. Be prepared to watch short films, read short films and do exercises to spark creativity and inspire your innate storyteller. To avoid the pitfalls of writer's block and procrastination, we'll talk about strategies for writer's productivity and bringing deliberate mindfulness to your work. You'll receive constructive feedback on your scripts so you come out of this course with a production-ready short film.

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40204 | $400

The Art of Screenwriting - SPA

4/3/17 - 5/29/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (57 Session Total)
Ashley Serrao
N/A

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The title of this course refers to two things: a knowledge of the basics, and how the memoir pieces you write can accumulate into a collection. Along with a knowledge of the basics, aspiring memoirists long to know how their stories (from unwritten to published) might coalesce into a vibrant, full-length manuscript. In this class, I'll present a comprehensive study of the elements of compelling memoir and support you (if you're ready) in mapping out the architecture of the one meaningful story that only you can tell. I'll share essential lessons from the work of best-selling memoirists, as well as my own personal experience as an award-winning memoirist and longtime creative nonfiction editor. Each week, I'll give you reading and writing assignments; I'll read your work and respond to it personally, and you'll have the option to incorporate feedback in a revision. You'll also have the option to share your work with other students. At the end of the class, you'll not only know the rules, and how and when to break them. You'll have valuable insights on how to develop the writing you generated from this class into something bigger.

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40205 | $400

The Building Blocks of Memoir - SPA

4/3/17 - 5/29/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (57 Session Total)
Candace Walsh
N/A

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