Elizabeth Eslami Saturday Workshop (Paid and FULL)

Writers on the River’s first ever workshop is Full!

But – you can still join the waiting list!

This is an excellent opportunity for our members to  have an intimate workshop with an award winning journalist, novelist and teacher, while at the same time raising funds for our organization (which is a nonprofit, volunteer-run, free-monthly-meeting-provider).

Workshop Details

Light Across the Borders: How To Write Your Way To the End

Lorrie Moore has said that a great ending should shine a light ahead and behind. It should force us to reevaluate everything up to that point, and it should allow us to imagine what might happen after the final word.

In this workshop, we’ll focus on pushing beyond the borders in our work.  How do we end a story or a novel?  When do we end it? How will we know when we get there? And, do we have to know how the story is going to end before we begin?  We will look at examples of strong endings in a range of stories and novels, and we’ll read our own work and offer helpful, guided critiques in workshop. Let’s talk about the endings of our own stories and novels-in-progress, even if those endings seem so far away we need a high powered telescope to see them. Our goal is to dream to life an ending that dazzles, one that illuminates in all directions.

About Elizabeth Eslami

Elizabeth Eslami isElizabeth Eslami Writers on the River Workshop the author of the novel Bone Worship (Pegasus, 2010).  Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in The Rumpus, Escapist Traveller, American Literary Review, The Literary Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Her work is featured in the anthologies Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian American Writers (forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press) and Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema (Calavera Books, 2011).  Her story collection, The Hibernarium, was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is currently an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at Manhattanville College.  For more information, please visit her website at www.elizabetheslami.com

Workshop Structure

Participants will submit a story or novel chapter (30 pages or less double space) to me prior to workshop so that I’ll be familiar with their work and able to suggest clear strategies for revision both during workshop and afterward in the form of a letter critique. Stories/chapters will also be shared with the group prior to meeting. Ideally everyone should come to workshop having read and contemplated each piece of writing.

We will begin the workshop by discussing some of the key components of a strong ending and looking at examples by various authors. This will set the stage for exploration and discussion of our own work.


When: Full day beginning at 9:45 am on Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Where: Imagine Coffee (5460 SW Philomath Boulevard, Corvallis, OR 97333)


  • $45.00 – Writers on the River member with early bird discount prior to April 1, 2013
  • $55.00 – Non Writers on the River Member or WotR member registering after April 1st, 2013 (missed early bird registration period for WotR members)

Registration with payment will secure your spot. Need to cancel or send someone in your place.  We will try to accommodate your needs but can’t guarantee that we will be able to do so.   No refunds for cancellations after May 1, 2013.

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