Sept 2016- June 2017

Developing Authentic Characters

Instructor: Jane Katims

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Ten session terms.

"Course description: The writing of a story or novel often begins with the creation of authentic characters -- characters who are believable and compelling. How do these characters move? How do they speak? Are they shown alone? If not, how do they operate in relation to other characters? Exercises and discussions in class are designed to propel students into their own writing. The uses of first, second and third person areexplored, and the qualities that make for authenticity are emphasized. Beginners and experienced writer alike are welcome. We will refer to the novels and stories of contemporary authors like Sue Miller, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, and Mary Gordon.

http://www.ccae.org
e-mail: registration@ccae.org
617-547-6789


Self-Exploration Through Literature

Instructor: Jane Katims

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Ten session terms.

Course description: Certain fictional characters, because their authors write with insight and intuition about human emotion, seem as real as our friends and our adversaries. By examining our unique reactions to the characters in stories and novels, we achieve increased self-understanding. We'll use contemporary works by Andre Dubus, Alice Munro, Ellen Gilchrist and others as points of departure for our discussions as we explore the questions: What are our feelings and attitudes about the story characters, and what do these emotional responses reveal about ourselves

http://www.ccae.org
e-mail: registration@ccae.org
617-547-6789

Short Stories

Instuctor: Jane Katims

Tufts University. Six to eight session terms. Osher Lifelong Learning, David Fechtor, Director


PAST APPEARANCES

Nov 2, 2014

17th Annual Fall Writer's Conference

Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, Cambridge MA 617-547-6789

Full day workshop: TRIGGERING NEW STORIES, INVIGORATING ONES YOU'VE ALREADY STARTED

Instructor: Jane Katims

Conference keynote speaker: Author Joan Wickersham

JANUARY 31, 2013

"MY COUSINS IN BROOKLYN"

A reading and lecture by Jane Katims

Gonson Lectures, Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, Thurs. 10:30 am www.ccae.org

MARCH 25-29,2013

YOUR WEEK, YOUR STORY

INTENSIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Instructor: Jane Katims

Perhaps you have a story in mind that you want to jump-start. Or maybe you have a story-in=progress that you want to reinvigorate. In either case, join us to become more acquainted with your characters and to explore their contradictions, conflicts, inconsistencies, and idiosyncratic charms. Exercises will help you create a sense of place, true-to-life conflicts and compelling events. You'll come to know your characters' pasts, loves, and fears, physicality, manners of expression, and surprises they have in store. As a result, you'll write vivid details, get tuned into dialogue and perceive the contradictions, complexities and the sheer simplicity that make for good narrative.

Cambridge Center for Adult Ed Sign up soon! www.ccae.org

March - May 2012

That Wonderful Town: A line-up of New York stories from The New Yorker Magazine

Instructor: Jane Katims

Tufts: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University

Eight sessions.

http://ase.tufts.edu/lli
617-627-5885 or 617-627-5699


July 23-July 27, 2012

Your Week, Your Story

A week-long writing workshop with Jane as Instructor

Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, Cambridge MA

http://ccae.org

Private Workshops also available with Jane Katims in Poetry, Memoir, and Fiction.

For information, please e-mail: janekatims@gmail.com


JANE READS HER WORK

FACULTY READING , Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Tues, July 24, 7pm

Writers JANE KATIMS, KIM DAVIS, and KENDALL DUDLEY read their work!

Summer, July 23-27, 2012 Your Week, Your Story

Instructor: Jane Katims

"Perhaps you have a story in mind that you want to jump-start. Or maybe you have a story-in=progress that you want to reinvigorate. In either case, join us to become more acquainted with your characters and to explore their contradictions, conflicts, inconsistencies, and idiosyncratic charms. Exercises will help you create a sense of place, true-to-life conflicts and compelling events. You'll come to know your characters' pasts, loves, and fears, physicality, manners of expression, and surprises they have in store. As a result, you'll write vivid details, get tuned into dialogue and perceive the contradictions, complexities and the sheer simplicity that make for good narrative.

March - May 2012

That Wonderful Town: A line-up of New York stories from The New Yorker Magazine

Instructor: Jane Katims

Tufts: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University

Eight sessions.

http://ase.tufts.edu/lli
617-627-5885 or 617-627-5699


Sunday, Oct 24, 2010

Workshop at 13th Annual Fall Writer's Conference Cambridge Center for Adult Ed. "Where Things Pivot: Writing That Starts Anywhere, and Proceeds in Any Direction"

 --after keynote address by Tova Mirvis--

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

Workshop at 12th Annual Fall Writer's Conference Cambridge Center for Adult Ed. "Resonance in Narrative: The Evocative Infra-Structure" --after keynote address by Allegra Goodman--

Friday, Mar 6, 2009

Faculty Reading 6:30 pm Free! Cambridge Center for Adult Ed.

Oct 2008

Writers Conference, Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, with author Margot Livesey

Wed., April 30, 2008, 8pm

Writers Life Panel, Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, on Collections, with Elizabeth Searle and other authors.

October 19, 2007:

Lunch and Learn Series
Jane reads from DANCING ON A SLIPPERY FLOOR, with discussion
12:30 pm Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tufts University
Medford, MA
617-627-6507
http://www.ase.tufts.edu/lli

October 23, 2007:

Doug Holder interviews Jane
Somerville Massachusetts Community Access TV
"Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer" Series
5pm Channel 3

  http://www.poettopoetwritertowriter.blogspot.com/

October 27, 2007:

Fall Writers Conference
with author Julia Glass
Workshop: Under One Roof: Collecting Your Work
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
617-547-6789
http://www.ccae.org/

January 25, 2007:

Thursday Morning Lecture Series
Cambridge Center For Adult Education
56 Brattle Street, Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext 1

Judith Nies
Jane will be interviewing author Judith Nies on January 25th (Thursday Morning Lecture Series) at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Specifics on this event will be listed soon. Save the date!


November 9, 2006, 10:30-11:30 am:

Thursday Morning Lecture Series
Cambridge Center For Adult Education
56 Brattle Street, Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext 1

Poems Under One Roof
Jane Katims will read selections from her poetry collection, Dancing on a Slippery Floor and will speak about the process of creating poetry, from the initial impulse of the poem to the final product. In addition, Paula Ogier, CCAE's Program Planner, will interview Jane about the challenge and adventure of composing a poetry manuscript. What do we look for in a book of poetry? Do we anticipate a progression or trajectory in the collection? In what ways is the whole (collection) more than the sum of its parts? Please join us -- we look forward to hearing your experiences with poetry.


May 3, 2007 7pm:

Featured poet at First Thursday Poetry Reading

Avol's Book Store
315 W. Gorham
Madison, Wisconsin
608-255-4730
avols@chrorus.net

abebooks.com/home/avols

Jane will read selections from her new book, Dancing on a Slippery Floor


June 22, 2007, 7:30 pm:

The Bearable Balance of Being: An Evening of Poetry

Cambridge Center for Adult Education
56 Brattle Street,
Cambridge.
617-547-6789
Jane reads from her new book of poems, Dancing on a Slippery Floor. Jane's poems range from a meditation about love in the parking lot of Star Market to a depiction of a harrowing adventure with school children at the Science Museum. Come celebrate the pleasure, power, and poignancy of words--vivid narratives, imagery, memories and scenes. Jane will be joined on stage by poets Ann Levison, Elaine Schear, and Barbara Thomas. Join us for light refreshments after the reading. (:indentend:


                    


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