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Write Here, Write Now: You Talking to Me? with Naomi Benaron

Date(s): Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre, Short Stories
Cost: $5

About this Event

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a monthly pop-up workshop every 4th Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

This month: You Talking to Me? with Naomi Benaron

Second person point of view is often seen as the awkward stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge. When misused, it can sound like a litany of accusations or a long singsong address without purpose, but when used effectively, second person is a powerful tool to create edgy and seize-you-by-the-throat prose. In this workshop, we’ll examine works by Ocean Vuong, Claudia Rankine, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Diaz, and Italo Calvino as jumping off points for free-writing and other structured exercises. The purpose of this workshop is to gain familiarity and confidence with the uses of second person POV and hopefully to inspire you to try it in your own work.

About the Author

Headshot of Naomi Benaron

Naomi Benaron’s debut novel Running the Rift won the 2010 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Pick, and was selected as one of the best books of 2012 by O Magazine, Seattle Times, Kansas City Star, and BookBrowse Review. Her short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man, won the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction. She has taught at UCLA Writers’ Extension, Pima Community College and The learning Curve as well as many college and community workshops.