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The Burning Heart: Finding the Energy in Short Fiction with Karen Auvinen (via Zoom)

March 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Short story writer Rick Bass talks about the “burning heart of the story,” the place where the story quickens, where the energy seems to snap and ignite. In this workshop, we’ll learn to recognize the burning heart of a story and practice techniques to locate it. Bring the opening paragraph of a story to work with.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 15 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

All HVWC scholarship applications will be available on Dec 1 and will be due on Dec 15 for all winter/spring 2024 classes.

Karen Auvinen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, life-long westerner, writer, educator, speaker, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living (Scribner).

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, Real Simple, Westword, and The Rumpus, as well as numerous literary journals. A collection of short stories is forthcoming. She is working on a novel.

Karen is the founder of Writing Wild Workshops and is on the Graduate Faculty in Nature Writing at Western Colorado University and also teaches writing workshops at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, for Fishtrap Writing the West and Hudson Valley Writers Center, in addition to teaching film, pop culture, and storytelling to first-years at the CU – Boulder. Karen lives in the Colorado mountains with the artist Greg Marquez, their dog River, and Dottie the Cat. Follow Karen on Instagram and on Facebook.


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March 2
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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