Classes, Panels, and Events

Classes, Panels, and Events

Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Intermediate Novel Workshop
Mondays, January 6 – February 24
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed for novelists who’ve already begun their work or have finished and seek guidance, structure, and inspiration to keep writing. Discussions will center on how to identify and articulate the central dramatic question, craft the scene, and build tension. We’ll study point of view and character development as well as practice the fundamentals of pacing. Participants will share chapters of their manuscript with the instructor and the group for constructive critique.
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Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Reading as a Writer: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments
Mondays, January 6 – 27
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, first published in 1985, has experienced a resurgence in popularity, thanks partly to a streaming series based on the novel and partly to a political climate that makes the book newly relevant. Atwood’s 2019 sequel, The Testaments, continues the story of Gilead and the women who live there. We’ll talk about how the two books work individually and together, and we’ll discuss the evolution of Atwood’s dystopian universe, the influence of modern media on literature, and the ways that Atwood uses storytelling to provide new perspectives on age-old situations. Then, we’ll explore the same issues through our own work.
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Tiffany Quay Tyson

THE PAST IS NEVER is the winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and the Mississippi Author Award for Adult Fiction (selected by the Mississippi Library Association). This southern gothic novel steeped in local lore was selected as an "Okra Pick" by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Tyson's debut novel THREE RIVERS was a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and now lives, writes, and teaches in Denver, Colorado.
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