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Fiction Writers' Workshop

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the return of the Fiction Writers’ Workshop, taught by Roy Parvin. The class is modeled on the graduate-level workshops at the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop and will focus on the presentation and critique of your work. The class is designed to help you hone your skills and elevate your work to the next level. In addition, various aspects of craft will be discussed, including plot, voice, description, character development, and dialogue.

Workshops meet on Monday evenings at the Arts Alliance for two-and-a-half hours for twelve weeks, starting on September 28. During the course of the workshop students will present three short stories to the group for critique. You will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Roy in a brief tutorial to discuss your work. 

•    Present up to three short stories for critique by the group.
•    Lectures on fundamental concepts
•    Writing exercises
•    One-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss your work
•    Twelve Monday evenings, Sept 28 – Dec 7, 7:00 to 9:30

Cost: $300

Students should have at least one complete story (or freestanding piece of a longer work), up to 20 pages long, ready for critique by the start of the workshop.

Participation is limited to 12 people. 

Roy Parvin is the award-winning author of two books of fiction, The Loneliest Road in America and In the Snow Forest. His work has been selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories series and has been widely anthologized. He has also been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Breadloaf Fellowship. Roy is an accomplished teacher, having taught in the MFA program at San Francisco State University, and at numerous workshops around the country. 

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is located at 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Application and sign-up sheets are available online at www.cloverdaleartsalliance or at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance during normal business hours. If you have questions about the courses feel free to contact Roy Parvin at  

The Fiction Writers’ Workshop is a program of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, a non-profit arts organization bringing cultural arts to Northern Sonoma County. Other CAA programs include Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Art Gallery, Sculpture Trail, THE Jazz Club, Art Classes, Music Workshops, Discovering Art Series, Ceramics Classes, Wine Appreciation Workshops, and Special Events


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Earlier Event: September 26
Havana Nights, Annual Fundraiser
Later Event: September 29
Evening Adult Arts Course