Upcoming classes: Fiction

Cheryl Ossola




SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 25 — MARCH 18  |  Students who took The Long and the Short of It: Sentence-Level Style and Editing asked for a follow-up workshop, so here it is. We’ll dig deeply into revision in this four-week workshop, working intensively with the elements of style and editing our work in ways that are objective, experimental, and even ruthless. We’ll play with sentence structure, rhythm and flow, schemes and tropes, and more, keeping in mind how all of these things affect meaning, suspense, and characterization.

This workshop is open to all writers of fiction and nonfiction, but completion of the six-week Long and the Short of It course (which precedes this workshop) is strongly recommended.


Joshua Mohr




SATURDAY, MARCH 4 | Every writer has had the terrifying experience of reading their own work and wondering why a total stranger would be interested. Often, the missing element to successfully lure a reader into your work is plot. Maybe you’ve created a riveting character, yet if nothing is happening on the page, if the protagonist isn’t under any duress, a reader’s attention will wander.

In this seminar, we will examine ways to pace and structure your plot points to extract every drop of excitement from them. We will also do some in-class writing to share with the group.


Rachel Howard




SUNDAY, MARCH 12  |  “Flat” writing hands off lifeless information in a two-dimensional exchange between reader and writer.  Three-dimensional writing places the reader in a charged space of heightened experience, renewed perspective, and active meaning-making.  How is that three-dimensionality created, and what do you do when you find your language stuck in 2-D?  This combination lecture and workshop for writers of fiction and literary nonfiction examines specific strategies for three-dimensionality drawn from contemporary writers like Sheila Heti, Jo Ann Beard, and Maggie Nelson, and classics by Marguerite Duras and Bruno Schulz. We will try out new techniques and tricks—but ultimately what you will achieve is a shift in consciousness that will help make your writing spacious and transporting.



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