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Read Like a Writer (& Become Better at Your Craft!)

April 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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CRAFT TALKS is delighted to offer this free webinar, teaching reading techniques to become a more fluent writer.

There’s no better way to grow your creative nimbleness than reading “like a writer.” Active reading techniques make narrative movements, expectations, and patterns more available to us in our own work. Through careful attention and emulation, we gain more creative ideas and break through writer’s block.

Reading like a writer is an active exercise; what author George Saunders calls “an intense” and “forced acquaintance” with the stories and poems we read. 

Bring a pen and paper!

In this session, you will:
  • LEARN to actively engage with stories and poems
  • PRACTICE reading with these techniques
  • IDENTIFY why you might stay with a story instead of abandoning it, and
  • CREATE reading goals to improve your work-in-progress.
This webinar is ideal for…
  • Writers suffering from writer’s block.
  • Writers looking to increase their understanding of how narrative works.
  • Poets and writers seeking to build their toolkits.
  • MFA graduates looking for a refresher course
  • Readers who want to engage with story on another level.

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔



Over the last six years, SHARLA YATES has taught reading like a writer for the Master of Arts in Creative Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. Her poetry chapbook, What I Would Say if We Were To Drown Tonight (Stranded Oak Press) is a 2015 Villa Paper Nautilus finalist. She is currently working on two fantasy novels for young readers. You can find her directing and hosting CRAFT TALKS and co-hosting The Writers Bridge with Allison K Williams.


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April 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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