Emma Törzs

reader / writer

Boundless Thanks...

... to the Minnesota Regional Arts Board, who have approved my Artist Initiative grant. I'm so grateful, and so awed to be in such amazing company. Many of the winners of this grant, past and present, are artists I count among my friends and inspirations. Minnesota arts organizations have shown me a truly amazing amount of financial support since I moved here, and for that and many other reasons, I hope someday I'm in a position to give back.

While I'm on the subject of loving Minnesota, I may be a bit disappointed in Minneapolis' recent mayoral elections, but St. Paul finally elected their first black mayor, and over on this side of the river we've got the glorious Andrea Jenkins -- not only the first openly transgendered black woman ever elected to public office, but a brilliant artist and poet, too! We have a long way to go, but good job Minnesota! I love you and your Regional Arts Board. 

This Summer...

... I will be in Seattle. First, six weeks of living out my not-so-secret childhood dream of learning to write fantasy/sci-fi at the Clarion West summer workshop (!!! hard to describe how stoked I am about this !!!), and then back teaching at the Hugo House for Scribes, a two-week writing camp for teenagers. My co-instructor is once again the brilliant poet Quenton Baker, and our session starts July 31st, so tell all the Seattle-based teens in your life! 

On Offer

Free application editing for queer, trans, POC, and/or immigrant folks. I will help with school, grant, and artist residency applications aaaannnddd DATING PROFILES (I have been working for an LA-based company writing online dating profiles for three years now so am literally professionally trained). I've edited all these forms of writing with success (people accepted into school; grants won; love found). Hablo Español. Hit me up! 

Work/Shopping the Short Story: Polish and Publish

Hello Minneapolis! I'll be teaching a 6-week short story workshop through the Loft this spring, from April 15 - May 18th! Official description is as follows, and you can find more information and sign up right here

This workshop-based class offers students a supportive space to deeply explore and edit their own short stories of up to 25 pages, with submission for publication as a final goal. Close-reading our own work as well as the work of published writers, we'll focus on questions such as: What makes a short story compelling? How do we create meaning in a short story? How are we moved by a story? How does plot function in short fiction? Wherefore character development? Whither setting? And the perpetual doozy, What is this story about? We'll also learn what makes a helpful workshop critique, and how to incorporate peer feedback as we revise. We will learn to take our own stories apart, and put them back together again. Too, we will look at contemporary literary journals and discuss effective submission practices. This class is for those who have short story manuscripts they're ready to take to the next level.

He Said, She Said: Crafting Effective Dialogue

I will be teaching a single-serving class for adults in Seattle on August 2nd, 2015, from 1-4pm. We will explore what makes written dialogue "effective" via verbal storytelling and in-class writing exercises, and more information can be found right here

In September, I'll be reprising this as a six-week night class at the Loft here in Minneapolis, so don't be sad if you're a landlubbing Minnesotan rarin' to soak up my chatter-centric wisdom.  

The class starts September 16th, and is held on Wednesdays from 6-8pm. You can sign up here!