Reading as a Writer with Tom Barbash (1/25 – 3/14)

Tom Barbash

Instructor: Tom Barbash
Contact: tombarbash@gmail.com
Number of sessions: 8
Meeting time: Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: Jan. 25 – Mar. 14

Course fee: $485

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are non-refundable

Description: The surest way to improve one’s writing is to read as a writer. This means stopping after one reads a great paragraph to examine why the sentences are so effective, or why the word choice seems perfect. It means becoming an active reader (one with a pen nearby). Novels and short stories are the best teachers we can find, if we look closely. In them we find essential lessons on structure, language, plotting, characterization, and more. In this course, we will examine closely published work I will assign in advance, and we’ll discuss why it lives and breathes, or falls flat. There will be exercises designed to allow you to begin utilizing the skills you pick up.

Mostly the class will focus on the love of books, and of good writing.

This class is equally appropriate for writers of fiction and nonfiction.

Instructor Bio: Tom Barbash is the author of the novel The Last Good Chance, winner of the California Book Award, and a Publishers Weekly and Booksense book of the year. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling, On Top of the World. His short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, One Story, Tin House, VQR, Narrative, StoryQuarterly and other publications, and his book reviews have appeared with regularity in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and is a former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He has taught writing for 15 years, at Stanford, Iowa, SF State, and St. Mary’s where he was the Visiting Distinguished Writer. Reading as a Writer began as a regular course he taught at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
He currently teaches in the MFA program at CCA.