Aurelia Wills



Descriptive Language

Date: 12/15/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Descriptive language is a writer’s most powerful tool for creating what John Gardner called the best fiction—a vivid and continuous dream. Readings and exercises will focus on the importance of specificity, how to deftly work with adverbs and adjectives, the use of all five senses in descriptions, and how to effectively communicate emotion.




“Work in Progress: Fiction 1”, 2/9/18-3/16/18 (The first in a 2 part series)

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Friday

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Winter is a fantastic time for reading and writing, but the effort can be lonely. Come break the isolation! This class is for fiction writers with some experience who are looking for artistic camaraderie. We will write together, discuss literature, and give constructive comments on each other’s work in progress.



“Making the Familiar Strange”, 2/24/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Every writer wants her work to be fresh and new. We hope our work will describe the world in a strikingly original way. But how exactly does a writer go about seeing and describing the world anew?  In this class we will practice making the familiar strange. We will also practice the flip side—writing about extreme and difficult subjects in ways that make them familiar.



“Character in Story”, 11/2/17 – 12/14/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Creating a believable and surprising character is one of the most wonderful challenges of writing fiction. In these six classes, we’ll explore the complexities of depicting a human being who exists inside a story.


“Setting in Fiction” , 9:00 AM -12:00, 7/15/17, at  The Loft Literary Center.

Every writer hopes to draw readers into a fictional world that seems “real.” How does a fiction writer build a convincing world? We will explore this question and more through lots of in-class writing exercises, collaborative discussion, and close reading and discussions of stories and excerpts of masterworks (i.e. Jesmyn Ward, Annie Proulx, Flaubert, David Mitchell, Babel, Anuk Arudpragasam).


Listen to Aurelia’s recorded interview on  KFAI’s  Write On! Radio  from April 25, 2017: (about halfway through the recording).  KFAI  is at 90.3 and 106.7 FM.


2017 Author at Twin Cities Teen Lit Con, Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00-4:00. Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights, MN 55118.


The Non-Linear Path to Novel Publication,” November 5, 2016, a session to be presented at the Weekend With Your Novel retreat through The Writers’ Institute, UW/Madison Continuing Education.


The Secret Lives of Characters, a character-focused craft class involving in-class writing, reading and discussion, for writers age 13 to 17.   1:00-4:00 pm, November 12, 2016 at The Loft at Open Book, Minneapolis.


Descriptive Language in Fiction, an adult craft class involving in-class writing exercises, reading and discussion, 9:00am-12:00 pm, November 19, 2016, at The Loft at Open Book, Minneapolis.


Book Launch

September 10, 2016  6-8:00 pm

Subtext Books

6 West 5th Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
(651) 493-2791

Come celebrate the release by Candlewick Press of the novel Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills. A brief reading and conversation about the book will be followed by a book signing.

The novel is the story of teenagers with difficult lives set in a small town in contemporary Colorado.
Kirkus Reviews wrote: “A melancholy, memorable piece tackling shame, unkindness, poverty, and, finally, hope.”

Refreshments will be served. All welcome!