The secret to a great story is not plot or fantastic characters but energy. Learn how your scene, essay, story or poem explodes off the page when you learn to control energy. We’ll explore taking leaps, leaving gaps and using language to create prose and a story that grabs readers. All writers of all levels are welcome. Plan to do some reading ahead of class and also write during class.
Karen Auvinen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, life-long westerner, writer, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty, finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Willa Award.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, Real Simple, Westword, The Colorado Sun, as well as numerous literary journals. She earned an MA in poetry from the University of Colorado under the mentorship of Lucia Berlin and a Ph.D in fiction from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Karen teaches writing workshops at Lighthouse Writers Workshops and film, pop culture, and storytelling to first-years at CU – Boulder. Past gigs include Writer-in-Residence for the State of Colorado, editor, book-buyer, rural postal route driver, caterer, clinic assistant, landscaper, summer camp director, and guest chef. She lives in the Colorado mountains with the artist Greg Marquez, their dog River, and Dottie the Cat. More at karen.auvinen.com. Follow Karen on Twitter @karenjamestown or Instagram @awomansplaceisinthewild and on Facebook: KarenAuvinenAuthor