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Writers Workshops

FICTION 2017-201

Course #2017-201
Wednesdays Starting May 31 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks
Cost: $325 Instructor: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
This workshop is full

Where

Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. – E.L. Doctorow

In this course, we shall focus on the short story format, which, in its brevity, is a form that brings into sharp focus the workings of craft. We shall interrogate how characterization interacts with plot, voice, point of view, setting and style, critiquing, alongside our own writing, diverse works from writers such as Junot Diaz, NoViolet Bulawayo, Jorge Luis Borges, Yiyun Li, Greg Jackson, Charles D’Ambrosio and Olufemi Terry, among others. We shall also do short writing exercises. In this way, we shall explore as well as push the boundaries of fiction, honing our craft and fine tuning our own individual pulses and inspirations. Participants will get to share at least one piece of writing for workshop, during which they will receive constructive criticism and feedback from their fellow participants, as well as get to hone their writer’s eye through the critiquing of others’ writing – an invaluable skill in sharpening one’s own work. Other elements to be discussed towards the end of the course include the practice of revision, successfully getting into a writing routine, sending work out for publication and dealing with rejection – something every writer experiences.

About the instructor

NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA is the author of the forthcoming novel The House of Stone (W.W. Norton, USA 2018, Atlantic Books, UK 2018). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2015), she is a native of Zimbabwe, has lived in South Africa and the USA, and is a recipient of the Inprint Fondren Foundation/Michael and Nina Zilkha Fellowship at the UH Creative Writing Program. Shadows, her short story collection, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize.

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