Number of sessions: 8
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2
Course fee: $525
When you’re working, there is an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. One of them is telling you the work is great; the other is telling you it’s terrible — but which is which? There is no place better for a novel to go from good to great than in a room of concerned, interested, contrary, helpful people who all agree that for the evening per week we meet that fiction writing is the most important thing you can do. This eight-week workshop runs on the traditional M.F.A. model: you will turn in a novel excerpt of up to 5,000 words for your fellow students to critique constructively, based on the understanding that we are all trying to make the work the best version of itself it can be. Be prepared to write a brief (less than one page) critique of each manuscript and to speak up in class discussion. Our goal is to figure out how each story ticks, and to open up possibilities you hadn’t discovered on your own of how to improve, continue, and finish your book.
Each workshop will discuss two students’ manuscripts. A week before the first class, I’ll ask two volunteers to turn in work to be discussed during the first workshop, and I will disseminate the Rules of Engagement for how to approach the manuscripts. During the first workshop, we’ll make up a schedule so that people can turn in work earlier in the semester—or later. In your heart, you already know if you’re an “earlier” or “later” person.
You may get a chance to submit a second manuscript (of 3,000 words), schedule permitting.
Glen David Gold is the author of the international bestselling novels Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside. His short fiction, essays, journalism, and memoir have appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Tin House, and Zyzzyva. He’s written comic books for DC and Dark Horse, and podcasts for The Thrilling Adventure Hour and Welcome to Night Vale. His three-volume memoir, I Will Be Complete, is forthcoming from Knopf.