Gina Ochsner Offers Writing Workshop in January

Gina Ochsner will be offering an advanced class in writing the novel at Literary Arts in January:

Pushing the Plough: Moving a Novel Past Chapter One and Beyond 

About the class: Writing a novel requires imagination, vision and stubbornness. At times the words rise from a secret well and we can’t write them down fast enough.  At other times we may stare at a chapter segment or scene and think:  what now?  What next?   Or, how in the world did my characters end up here?

This class is for writers who want to work on pieces of longer lengths:  novellas and novels or short stories that could be expanded  into a novel.  The focus will be  on deepening character, pushing characters into sustainable conflicts, special studies of points of view, linking imagery, voice , and the building of a life raft set of  strategies for the inevitable “hit the wall” phenomenon that seems to befall even the most inspired of manuscripts.  
Class sessions will be divided between craft-seminar style instruction and workshop style of instruction where participants will submit their novel chapters  for group critique.

Time: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m  January 24, 2013 – February 28, 2013 (6 weeks)
Place: Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington, Portland
Tuition: $275
Class size: a maximum of 9 students will be accepted into this class.
To enroll: If you have received an Oregon Literary Fellowship in fiction, or are a previous Oregon Book Awards finalist or winner in fiction, you do not need to submit a writing sample to register.
All other participants must first submit a writing sample and be given permission before registering.

To register: You can register here:
 Writing Workshop registration is at the bottom of this linked page on our web site. Please note: When you arrive at this link it will say "Registration by invite only". Please contact Susan first for instructions on submitting a writing sample, unless you meet the guidelines as mentioned above.

Contact Susan Denning at for more information

About the instructor: Gina Ochsner is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books won the Oregon Book Award. Her novel The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight was long-listed for the Orange Award (UK) and an Oregon Book Award finalist. She teaches in Seattle Pacific University's creative writing M.F.A. program. Proceeds from this class support the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program.