In the words of writer and artist Renee Gladman: “Writing is a kind of architecture.” How, then, does one turn a mental blueprint into a finished piece? In this course we will explore a variety of methods for constructing short stories from the building blocks of character, plot, point of view, voice, setting, and style. In addition to undertaking a series of generative exercises, we will discuss the strategies of established authors with the intention of incorporating those strategies into our own work. Be prepared to stretch your usual in writing habits and explore new modes of assembling prose. All participants will have the opportunity to share at least one longer story for critique in workshop. To conclude the course, we will discuss publication strategies, as well as methods for cultivating a productive writing practice beyond our ten weeks together.
About the instructor
Allegra Hyde is the author of the story collection, Of This New World, which won the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Tin House, Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships and grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Lucas Artist Residency Program, The Virginia G. Piper Center, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. For more about Allegra, visit www.allegrahyde.com.
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