The Modern Love Workshop

Saturday, April 13th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

"There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice.” So wrote F.Scott Fitzgerald in his short story, “The Sensible Thing.” The compass of love, its many manifestations, expressed in brief, is also the subject of the popular New York Times series “Modern Love,” which pitches itself as “a series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love.”

In line with the celebrated column, this workshop will encourage you to write pithy scenes and first-person narratives which illustrate your version of love in the 21st century. We will also plumb the depths of longer forms, profounder questions, which examine and transcend literary convention and common clichés. With the option to write fiction or non-fiction, and to interpret love and its objects broadly, we will take inspiration from a range of authors including Plato, Ovid, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy,Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, and Maggie Nelson. In addition to in-class exercises and discussion, we will workshop your writing during a portion of the day. If you are already working on a story, essay or poem which fits the theme in whole or in part, you are invited to bring 2-8 pages to share. You are also asked to bring a quotation and the titles of one or two works of literature which encapsulate this subject for you.


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Nicole Elizabeth Miller
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  • Lecture
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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