Author conducting 10-week workshop

Author conducting 10-week workshop

CHAMPAIGN — Amy Hassinger, author of "Nina: Adolescence" (Putnam 2003) and "The Priest's Madonna" (Putnam 2006), will offer a workshop for writers of fiction and nonfiction starting the week of Sept. 16 and running for 10 weeks.

Hassinger, who lives in Urbana, teaches with the University of Nebraska low-residency master's of fine arts in writing program.

The class will meet weekly for two hours and cost $330. Plans for an exact time and place are in flux, depending in part on the students who enroll.

The maximum number of students will be 12, but the class will run with as few as six. Students of all levels of experience are welcome.

Each week, a member of the group will submit a piece to be read; the following week, the piece will be discussed in class.

"A good workshop works on two levels," Hassinger said in a news release. "First, it helps the writer see what is working well in the piece and what needs further attention, and second, it allows the class to investigate literary craft and technique through a close examination of the writer's choices."

This is the second local workshop Hassinger has offered. Her pilot course took place in the spring with six students.

"Most of the students were working on a memoir," Hassinger said. "They were terrific — very diligent, thoughtful readers, and both honest and kind with one another, which is really important in a workshop setting."

Hassinger is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, the nation's longest-running MFA program.

In addition to novels, she has published short fiction, essays and poetry in many publications, including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Mama and At Home in Central Illinois, where she is a regular contributor to its blog. She is currently revising her third novel. For more information, visit http://www.amyhassinger.com.

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