Blue Stoop
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Classes

We offer three eight-week writing workshops in the fall (September-November) and another three eight-week writing workshops in the spring (January-March) with 6-12 students as well as shorter weekend intensives in April and June with 6-10 students.

Generally, introductory fiction and advanced poetry workshops are offered in the fall, advanced fiction and introductory poetry workshops in the spring, with a rotating nonfiction workshop (theme and genre varies) offered in both terms.

Tuition for our full-length classes is $400 (financial aid is available) and we pay our instructors between $2000-3000 per course, depending on enrollment. Tuition for weekend intensives is $250 (financial aid is available), and instructors receive $600-1300 depending on enrollment.

If you have college teaching experience and some record of publication and would like to propose a class, contact us.

Novel Writing Intensive
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Novel Writing Intensive

Devote the weekend to your novel during this two-day intensive with Annie Liontas, author of Let Me Explain You, named Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review.  Whether you are beginning your first novel or are looking to reboot a beloved project, our craft talks and workshop discussions will deepen your knowledge of your book and offer a path forward.  

We’ll begin by asking what promises a novel makes and what questions drive it. On day one, we will look briefly to the work of master writers for guidance as we think about our own choices and challenges.  We will then move into critiques of your opening pages, relying on inquiry and a Socratic approach, asking questions that help the writer see their work more sharply. On day two, we continue workshops and talk novel architecture, pacing, and look to tools and strategies that writers can take home. Our intensive concludes with brief one-on-one conferences, encouraging you to tackle a frustration, make a plan, light a fire.

Participants need to have written as little as a single chapter but might have built as much as an entire novel.  To encourage dialogue and develop common language, some light reading will be assigned in advance of the intensive.  Optional additional reading includes Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends. Writing a novel is a great deal of digging in the shadows, but when you’re among compatriots, somebody holds up a lantern every now and then.  Come join us this June!   

Cost: $250 (financial aid available)
Schedule: April 6, 10-4 pm (w/lunch break), April 7 10-4pm (w/lunch break)
6-10 students (need 6 students to run)
Registration: Rolling, by application, closes June 3, 2019
To apply: email 5-15 pages of your project & a little bit about you to info@bluestoop.org. If applying for financial aid, please also fill out this form.

Annie Liontas' novel Let Me Explain You (Scribner) was featured in The New York Times Book Review as an Editor's Choice and was selected by the ABA as an Indies Introduce Debut and Indies Next title.  She is the co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, BOMB, Guernica, Ninth Letter and Lit.  She teaches creative writing at George Washington University.  Follow her @aliontas.

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Young Adult Novel Intensive
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Young Adult Novel Intensive

Spend the weekend working with Philadelphia-area New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma, author of the YA novels The Walls Around Us, A Room Away from the Wolves, and more. This intensive two-day workshop will feature craft discussion on writing for a young adult audience and an opportunity for you to come away with feedback on pages from your own YA novel as well generative exercises that will deepen and expand your work-in-progress.

 The workshop will begin on Saturday with an interactive craft discussion on YA voice and the genre-bending possibilities in the YA field. We will then hold brief critiques of the opening pages of your YA novel, led by Nova with an eye toward constructive feedback and asking questions that will help you revise and write forward. On Sunday we will continue the workshop discussions, and close the weekend with generative writing exercises tailored to help you find the heart of your YA novel, finetune your character’s voice, and follow your story through to the end. All you need in order to sign up is a YA work-in-progress—as little as the opening chapter of a YA novel and some ideas for where you may take the story, or as much as a draft of the whole book and an open mind. Writers working on upper middle-grade fiction and cross-over adult novels are also welcome in the group, though our main focus will be YA. Each student will also get a written feedback letter from Nova on their novel openings (about 20 pages).

Cost: $250 (financial aid available)
Schedule: April 6, 10-4 pm (w/lunch break), April 7 10-4pm (w/lunch break)
6-10 students (need 6 students to run)
Registration: We are no longer accepting applications for this course.

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels A Room Away from the Wolves, which is nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award and was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and School Library Journal, the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, and other novels. She is co-editor-in-chief of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology (foreshadowYA.com), a new online YA short story publication. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Arizona State University’s Your Novel Year program, and elsewhere. She is currently core faculty in the Writing for Children & Young Adults low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.novaren.com.

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