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Creative Writing Program Hosts Workshop

Timothy Bradford
Red Earth MFA faculty member Timothy Bradford

The Red Earth MFA creative writing program at Oklahoma City University will host a free workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Venue in the Plaza District.

The Venue is located at 1757 16th St.

Red Earth MFA faculty member Timothy Bradford will lead the workshop, which will be followed by a Q&A session with current and former students about the program. Cookies will be served.

Bradford’s workshop is titled “Creating Characters for Fiction and Poetry.” It is intended for writers of all ability levels ages 13 and up.

Participants will begin by looking at examples of great characters in fiction and poetry with a discussion about what makes them so vivid. Next, the group will engage process-oriented, interactive exercises aimed at developing characters for fiction and/or poetry. Participants will then draft a scene or poem featuring the character the group develops, and those who wish may share their writing with the group.

Bradford is the author of the poetry collection “Nomads with Samsonite” and the introduction to “Sadhus,” a photography book on the ascetics of South Asia. Recent work has appeared in World Literature Today, Poetry Bay, ATTN:, Halvard Johnson’s Truck, Atticus Review/Boo’s Hollow, Art Focus Oklahoma, This Land, The Oklahoma Review and Upstairs at Duroc. In 2014, he cofounded Short Order Poems and started organizing and teaching with the Ralph Ellison Creative Writing Workshops.

The Red Earth low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree program connects students with experienced creative and professional writers who nurture creative talent in workshops, peer groups and individual instruction. Students complete 12 hours of course work each fall and spring semester for two years, for a total of 48 hours that, along with a thesis, lead to an MFA in creative writing, a terminal degree in the field. For more information visit the English Department’s web page at okcu.edu.

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