The Life and Times of Poopwa Foley

The Ron Kuka Workshop

Posted on: March 10, 2015

In Print Writers

The March 7, 2015 day-long writing workshop conducted by Ron Kuka, the Creative Writing Program Coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, exceeded all expectations. Participants left feeling confident and primed with tools to improve their writing.


During the morning session, Ron demonstrated how good prose contains the ability to move a reader’s eye as if the reader is in a vivid and continuous dream. It’s important to never disrupt the dream or let the eye wander. We worked on exercises using perspective—up close and personal, mid-range, as well as long shots. We charted our manuscript movement like a storyboard, action by action. He pointed out that creating anxiety is an alert for our readers and the best way to achieve that connection is through the senses. Ron said, “When you have the reader in the palm of your hand, squeeze.” Honing in on sensory eliciting details and creating tension and…

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