Generative Short Fiction Intensive - 8 weeks (with Carolyn Zaikowski) - ONLINE
Have you vowed you'll write more? That you'll reclaim your writer’s life? This fun, supportive deep-dive into short fiction is for you! In this generative workshop, you’ll create up to seven short fiction drafts using prompts on storytelling elements like plot, voice, structure, character, setting, and point of view. To represent each element and deepen our understanding, each week you’ll be guided by reading and discussing a story from the masters, including Manuel Gonzalez, Alice Munro, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, and more. You will have the opportunity to submit at least two drafts to receive workshop feedback from the teacher and class. Though this is a generation-focused course, we’ll also touch on introductory revision strategies. Past participants have estimated that the at-home reading/writing takes 2-5 hours per week. For writers of all levels. Limited to 10 writers.
Take note: Short pre-class reading will be emailed to all before the workshop begins.
WHEN: 8 Weeks: Tuesdays, March 7 - April 25 (6 - 8pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI is is the author of two hybrid novels. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely, in publications such as The Washington Post, The Rumpus, PANK, West Branch, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently an English professor and volunteer death doula.
GOALS OF THIS WORKSHOP
• Learning to read like writers by studying the masters and intellectually discussing fundamental concepts in fiction
• Trying our hand at these elements, so that we can build a fiction-writing tool kit to carry beyond the course
• Generating up to seven first drafts to take with us beyond the course and into the next drafting stages
• Receiving in-depth, constructive in-class feedback on at least two drafts, plus a feedback write-up from the instructor on one draft of your choosing
• Exploring basics of fiction revision
• Fostering a sense of gentle accountability and structure via weekly deadlines and at-home work
WEEK ONE: Intro and flash fiction
We'll explore why we’ve come here and the basics of fiction, plus do a fun in-class generative exercise with the flash fiction form.
WEEK TWO: Plot
We'll discuss the concept of plot and narrative structure through, using at-home readings and study guides, and we'll have our first in-class workshop.
WEEK THREE: Character
We'll examine character creation methods, with the help of at-home readings and study guides, plus continue in-class workshopping.
WEEK FOUR: Setting
We'll examine the construction of setting, using at-home readings and study guides, plus continue in-class workshopping.
WEEK FIVE: Point of View
We'll examine the question of point of view, using at-home readings and study guides, plus continue in-class workshopping.
WEEK SIX: Voice
We'll examine the element of narrative voice, again with the help of at-home readings and study guides, and continue in-class workshopping.
WEEK SEVEN: Epistolary
We'll examine the narrative structure of epistolary fiction, using our readings and study guides, and continue in-class workshopping.
WEEK EIGHT: Revision
We'll explore basic fiction revision methods, try at-home and in-class revision exercises, and offer final reflections.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference a few minutes before the start of the session, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with the Zoom format, though we are not able to offer technical assistance beyond basic Zoom orientation.
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