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Israel Writers Studio workshops in Raanana--October and November

1. Flash Writing: The Art of Distillation with Jennifer Lang on Wednesday, October 30, 10:00 - 13:00

The flash form challenges the writer to create an entire universe in a compact space. There is no definitive word count for flash—under 2000, 1000, 750, 250, 100 or maximum 6. The goal, regardless of the number, is to create a narrative that feels as expansive as a novel. While most writers associate flash with fiction, it is equally present in creative nonfiction.

In this workshop, we will examine flash works in both genres and learn how to write brief, descriptive, thought-provoking and urgent prose in response to prompts. Some of the writers discussed will be Emma Sloley, Brian Doyle, and Aimee Bender, among others. The workshop is open to writers in all genres and at all levels.

Cost: 375nis by October 23 and 400nis subsequently; includes light snacks and refreshments

2. Wake up to the Extraordinary with Jane Medved on Wednesday, November 20 from 10:00-13:30

We are all surrounded by mundane tasks, habitual routines and objects so common we simply stop seeing them. As writers we face the same basic challenge: how do we turn the stuff of our day- to -day lives into compelling writing? How do we reignite our sense of awe to the world right in front of us? How do we make art out of the everyday?

In a series of readings and guided writing exercises, we will explore how familiar objects and spaces all have their own stories to tell. We will study how others have cracked open and elevated the commonplace; how they have released the holy in the mundane. This is a multi-genre workshop, combining poetry and lyric essay. Come prepared to explore and write!

Cost: 390nis by September 15 and 420nis subsequently; includes

light snacks and refreshments

Space limited. Advance registration required. Details at