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In writing as in life, the deepest truth often lies in possibility. Not just what is or what was, but might be or might’ve been. Whether in fiction, poetry, or even nonfiction, when we speculate on the page we can add depth, dimension, and dynamism to our work. We can explore the future or revisit the past. We can probe motivation and spur empathy, make peace with our former selves, “walk a mile in another’s shoes,” and/or ponder the non-human world in new and interesting ways. The possibilities are truly endless.

In this workshop you can expect:

  • practical tips for how to speculate on the page
  • a variety of examples from contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
  • prompts for creating space for possibility on the page
  • fresh direction for drafting and revising across genre

TIME: Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 10a to 12noon


INSTRUCTOR: Ana Maria Spagna is the author of several books including Reclaimers, the story of people reclaiming sacred land and waterthe memoir/history Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, The Luckiest Scar on Earth a novel for young people, and three essay collections, Potluck, Now Go Home, and Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going. Her work has been recognized by the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Nautilus Book Awards, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards, as a three-time finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and appears regularly in journals and magazines including Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Ecotone, Brevity, The Normal School, and High Country News. She teaches writing in the MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and in 2017/018 at Whitman College. www.anamariaspagna.com


“I believe Ana Maria Spagna is one of our most versatile writer/teachers of contemporary literary nonfiction. Her writings and talks on/about issues of craft have deeply influenced my own teaching and writing.” —Michael Steinberg, Founding Editor, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Author, Still Pitching,2004 ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press Memoir of the Year
“Ana Maria Spagna’s deep understanding of story and craft makes her one of the most gifted writing teachers I’ve ever encountered in a myriad classes and workshops. Her teaching in online classes, writing retreats and, eventually, one-on-one mentoring were crucial in my two memoirs finding publishers.”— Amanda Webster, author of The Boy Who Loved Apples and A Tear in the Soul
"Ana Maria Spagna brings warmth, kindness and encouragement to every participant in her workshops.  Her feedback is well-thought out, constructive and honest.  Her informative handouts and writing prompts are still my favorite go-to resources a year after our last workshop together."—Kandi Maxwell, attendee Surprise Valley Writers Conference
"Ana Maria Spagna is not only the best writing teacher I’ve ever had, she’s one of the best teacher’s I’ve ever had in my 20-plus years as a student. Ana Maria is always thorough, generous, and well-prepared in her instruction and feedback, as well as bringing patience and good humor to everything she does. She meets writers where they are, and brings them to the next level. She works hard, and motivates her students to work hard too. I am the writer I am today because of her."

-Janet Buttenwieser, author of Guts: A Memoir

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