WEDNESDAYS, SEPT. 21st – OCT. 26th | If you’re serious about improving your craft and preparing your short stories for submission to journals/magazines, this class is for you. In this 6-week class, the focus will be on workshopping your fiction and deep-diving into craft, centering works by marginalized authors. Students are expected to have taken previous writing classes and to understand the basics of craft elements like description, POV, etc. because we will be building on (or, in some cases, tearing down) our understanding of what “good craft” is. Please make sure you have at least one story ready for workshopping by the start of the class so that you can take full advantage of the class.
Workshops will take up approximately 50% of class time, followed by writing exercises and class discussions. Homework will be assigned most weeks to encourage students to practice/experiment with elements of craft.
Enrollment for this class will be capped early so the instructor can dedicate personalized attention to each student’s work. This class is time intensive, so be prepared to set aside at least several hours each week in addition to class time.
Rita Chang-Eppig has an MFA in fiction from NYU. Her novel about the infamous pirate queen of the South China Sea is forthcoming in 2023 from Bloomsbury. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2021, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Pacific Time
Date: Wednesdays, September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26
Course fee: $400