In daily workshop, through the close reading of both classmates’ writing and published work, you will analyze the technical choices writers must make again and again, concerning structure, character and language. You will investigate how these choices contribute to the psychological, emotional and intellectual experience of the reader, and to the meaning of the short story (or novel excerpt) as a whole.
Instructor Julia Fierro will mediate in-class discussion to encourage specific and constructive critique, and to help you develop your ability to read with a “writer’s perspective” -- a tool that will not only enrich your understanding of craft, but also enhance your revision skills.
In-class exercises and prompts will be used to inspire and motivate, and you will leave the workshop with new material, plenty of feedback, a developed awareness of craft, and a new confidence in your ability to read, analyze and revise your own work.
Each student will receive multiple opportunities to share their work with the class, feedback from both the instructor and their classmates, and a private conference with the instructor.
This workshop is open to short-story writers and novelists. Students should have at least one story or novel chapter completed.