Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: The Technique of the Interview with Debra Hughes
May
21
10:00am10:00am

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: The Technique of the Interview with Debra Hughes

The Technique of the Interview: Seminar

With: Debra Hughes
When: May 21, 2017
Category: Writers Lab, Seminars
Tuition: $395

Additional Information
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This program is open to amateur writers.
MEALS: Tuition includes one lunch.

Terry Gross, radio host of “Fresh Air,” describes what people tell her in an interview as “a combination of fact and truth and self-mythology and self-delusion and selective memory and faulty memory.” 

Join author and accomplished interviewer Debra Hughes for a one-day seminar to explore ways to get a gem of a story from the people you interview, faulty memory and myth-making included!

Debra discusses how to establish the trust needed to get the story and when to ask the hard questions. She reviews interviewing methods and how to set goals within the interview so as not to wander, while remaining open to the least expected. 

Debra leads exercises on sharpening your ability to listen and, through student participation and play-acting, you practice interviewing skills, including when to let silence speak, when to ask for clarification, and how to spark memory in order to get a sincere and in-depth spin on life. 

Our work is to learn how to absorb what people are telling us, so we may knit it into what we are writing, be it memoir, family history, or fiction. Join Debra to discover how to hone your listening skills in order to enhance your writing.

- See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/the-technique-of-the-interview-seminar/#sthash.401BOLFy.dpuf

* Image ©Mike Sakas

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Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: The Art of Self-Editing with Debra Hughes
May
20
9:30am 9:30am

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: The Art of Self-Editing with Debra Hughes

The Art of Self-Editing: Seminar

With: Debra Hughes
When: May 20, 2017
Category: Writers Lab, Seminars
Tuition: $395

Additional Information
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This program is open to amateur fiction and nonfiction writers.
MEALS: Tuition includes one lunch.

Novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty said in an interview with The Paris Review that she revised with scissors and pins. She said, “You can move things from anywhere to anywhere, and that’s what I really love doing—putting things in their best and proper place, revealing things at the time when they matter most.”

The goal of this one-day seminar is to help you discover one of writing’s great pleasures: revision. Author and accomplished self-editor Debra Hughes discusses and guides you in implementing “scissors and pins” techniques to revise and polish an early draft of an essay, short story, or novel chapter. We use examples of published writing to identify basic elements of a work’s success—from punctuation, pacing, rhythm and sound, to plot and theme. 

During our time together we do exercises to apply these discoveries. Each word moves a story forward and, line-by-line, word-by-word, we identify what is important to a work’s message, omitting what is not. By the end of your day with Debra you have a solid understanding of how to achieve the distance needed to hear and read your own work, in order to become your own best editor.

- See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/the-art-of-self-editing-seminar/#sthash.RSQyOFiV.dpuf

*Image ©Jennifer Spelman, photo workshop instructor

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Santa Fe Workshops Writer's Lab: SALON Reading
Mar
9
4:30pm 4:30pm

Santa Fe Workshops Writer's Lab: SALON Reading

Debra Hughes will be joining Hampton Sides, Doug Preston, David Morrell, Sally Denton, Tony O’Brien, Mark Bryant, and Margaret Wrinkle in a Salon hosted by Santa Fe Workshops' Writers Lab on Thursday, March 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sunmount Room, Santa Fe Workshops campus at the IHM Retreat Center—50 Mt. Carmel Road, off Camino del Monte Sol. The event is open to the public.

The authors will read from their own books or from literature they love in keeping with literary salons of the past held in the Sunmount Room. Exactly a century ago the Sunmount Room, as part of the Sunmount Sanitarium, was the setting for monthly salons offered to inspire the clients staying at the hospital to cure their tuberculosis.  Some of the luminaries who gave readings in the Sunmount Room included Carl Sandberg, Witter Bynner, Willa Cather, Ezra Pound, Robert Flaherty, and Alice Corbin.  

* Image ©Sean Kernan

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