Number of sessions: 8
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, September 23 — November 11
Course fee: $540
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 three hours a week we meet that fiction writing is the most important thing you can do. This eight-week workshop runs on the traditional MFA model: you will turn in a novel excerpt of up to 5000 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.
Glen David Gold is the author of the international bestselling novels Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside. His fiction, essays, journalism and memoir have appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, the New York Times 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.