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Fall Workshops Scheduled at the Academic Village

Posted on Sep 01, 2014 in Academic Village , Workshops , September-October 2014

The Seaside Institute is hosting two creative workshops in the Academic Village this fall. Both commuters and visitors are welcome and accommodations are available at the Village for attendees.

John Dufresne’s Creative Writing Class: Oct. 9–11

After a successful spring workshop at the Academic Village, John Dufresne is returning for another course. The short fiction workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon to discuss the stories participants have written. Dufresne will lecture on narrative techniques and the fiction writing process. He will incorporate writing exercises into the mix and meet individually with each student. In the late afternoon, students will gather for social time and informal discussions of the writing business. Dufresne says, “You’ll come to the conference with an agenda — what it is you hope to learn — and we’ll do our best to see that your agenda is met.”

Dufresne is the author of five novels and two short story collections. He has written two books on writing and creativity: “The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction” and “Is Life Like This? A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months.” He was a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.

Fall Workshops Scheduled at the Academic Village

John Dufresne and Steven Brooke

Steven Brooke’s Architectural Photography and Composition Workshop: Oct. 22–26

Steven Brooke, an internationally renowned architectural photographer, will teach a five-day workshop at the Academic Village, combining the history of architectural depiction and composition with an accessible approach to the technical demands of photographing architecture, landscape, and interiors. The workshop is suitable for students of all ability levels and backgrounds. Covering the photography of individual buildings, streetscapes, landscapes, interiors, and night photography, Brooke will include instruction in photographic techniques, composition and post-production.

Brooke has been a leader in the field of architecture and design for more than 35 years. He has photographed 40 books on architecture and design, including nine that he has written. In addition, Brooke has been Seaside’s photographer of record since its inception. His numerous awards and honors include the AIA National Honor Award, the highest honor award in the field, and the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy in Rome. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

For more information and to secure your place in this class, visit or email Seaside Institute Director Diane Dorney at