Upcoming classes: Fiction

Cheryl Ossola




SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 4 & 11  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. Perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes choose a narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In the first class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identify common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV.


Thaisa Frank




SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 5 & 12  |  This two-day workshop covers pacing, suspense, narrative arc and voice—the four crucial elements that make the reader want to turn the page. This curiosity must be aroused in the agent who will sell your book and the editor who will buy it.

In addition to using examples from short fiction, short stories, the novel, and creative non-fiction, we will help participants brainstorm their collections of short fiction and their novels. Useful for both novelists, short story writers and writers of creative nonfiction.

.Thaisa Frank has published five books of fiction, including the novel Heidegger’s Glasses (translated into ten languages), three short story collections, and the nonfiction book, Finding Your Writers Voice.


Laurie Ann Doyle

Laurie Ann Doyle




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12  | Do you have six or more short stories and want to create a collection? This workshop is designed for you! In our one-day, hands-on class, we’ll talk about ways to unify your collection by setting, theme, and style, as well as character. We’ll look at acclaimed books of stories and examine approaches taken by different authors. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of publishing individual stories before your book is out, identify variables to help you determine the best order for the stories in your book, and do some in-class writing to share with others.


Lindsey Crittenden




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | At a time when the words “spiritual” and “faith” (never mind “religion”) can make us all nervous, how can we write—and read—about our beliefs and doubts without coming across as preachy, vague, or insipid? How do we describe the ineffable without sinking into abstraction? And do we embrace questions – doubts, even – without sounding wishy-washy? Just what is spiritual writing anyway?

In this one-day seminar, we’ll explore examples both contemporary and classic — from fiction writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Joy Williams, and Andre Dubus; poets Gerald Manley Hopkins and Pattiann Rogers; essayists Anne Lamott and Brian Doyle.



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