Award-winning Albuquerque novelist Maria Espinosa is offering a six-session novel- writing workshop starting Monday, Jan. 19.

Espinosa said the workshop is for novelists in all steps of the writing process, “whether still in the dreaming beginner’s stage or published professionals…” The workshop will focus on these key points – feedback, stimulation, guidance and encouragement.

Espinosa stated in a press release that a novel consists of a story “in which scenes, no matter how powerful, must fit in the whole. Rhythm, pace, structure all need to work in terms of the entire story.”
The sessions will be held 6-9 p.m. on successive Mondays through Feb. 23. The cost is $90 for all six sessions.
Enrollment is limited. To reserve a place in the workshop email Espinosa at mariaespinosa999@gmail.com or call her at 415-378-1193.
Espinosa’s most recent novel, “Dying Unfinished,” received a PEN Oakland Award in 2010. It continued the saga of her novel “Longing,” but through a different perspective – through the tangled voices of mother and daughter.
“Longing” won an American Book Award/Before Columbus Foundation in 1996. She was in good company: That was the same year that Santa Fe poet Arthur Sze’s poetry collection “Archipelago” and Sherman Alexie’s novel “Reservation Blues” received the same award.
Espinosa attended Harvard and Columbia and obtained a master’s degree from San Francisco State University.
She lived most of her adult life in northern California. She recently movied to Albuquerque.
Espinosa’s other novels are “Incognito: Journey of a Secret Jew” and “Dark Plums.”
She is also a poet and translator.

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