In this class, we will read, write, and workshop short stories. Each week writers will submit stories to the instructor and fellow writers, who will carefully read and prepare written responses to the work. The goal of the workshop will be to provide strategies for revision, so by the end of class not only will you have written a couple of stories but you will have read, considered, and, in effect, "rewritten" your classmates' stories as well. As a result, you will become a better writer by becoming a more astute and thoughtful reader. In addition, we will read classics from writers old (Flannery O' Connor) and new (Sam Lipsyte), to name but two, and place particular emphasis on those unlikely moments in stories where our disbelief goes out the window, and we are left transported, thinking, "That was amazing." We will touch on the hows of these mysteries and more, with an aim to write our own.
Recommended text: _179 Ways … : Matters of Vital Concern to Fiction Writers by Peter Selgin. Handouts will also be provided.
919.317.01 Homewood campus
Monday, April 3 to May 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. No class April 10
Cost: $192 (6 sessions)
Full-time JHU faculty/staff are eligible for tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more details.