A Different Engine: Ways to Power Your Writing

A 4-week workshop presented by Sheila Packa

This hands-on writing workshop is designed for writers to explore different “engines” that power a piece of writing and strengthen the voice of a poem or the voice of a character. Participants will read examples in literature, do guided exercises, and use techniques (in poetry or prose) to deepen and expand the voice and powerfully connect with readers.

In a relaxed atmosphere, we’ll do fun exercises that will help develop the participants’ own material (whether they are writing fiction or poetry). The primary focus over the 4 weeks will be on Image (including objects or what playwrights call a McGuffin), Voice (including dialogue), Character (including Narrator), Setting (Mood). 

Participants will have an opportunity to share their work and get feedback. We will discuss the in-class experimentation and how these techniques can be used to develop one’s writing in ways that make it more deep and expansive.

For interested participants, Sheila will also provide individualized feedback on a writing sample of 10 pages or less.

This workshop will be presented virtually in four 1 1/2 hour sessions on Monday evenings in March.

Afraid you might miss it? The sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants for 30 days following the event.

Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 – 7:15-8:45pm on Zoom

This workshop is $60 for members of Lake Superior Writers, $75 for non-members
Register below – the deadline is 6pm Sunday, March 5

Sheila Packa is an experienced teacher who has taught writing at Lake Superior College and in community settings. She was a former Duluth Poet Laureate. Her newest book, Surface Displacements, is just out from Wildwood River Press (2022). She has five books of poems, edited the anthology, Migrations: Poetry and Prose for Life’s Transitions, and she is at work on a book of short stories set in Duluth and the Iron Range in Minnesota. Her website is www.sheilapacka.com.


Member Cost $60

Non-member Cost $75

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.