In this course, we will discuss practical approaches to some of the basic elements of fiction such as plot, structure, characterization, and point of view, with an emphasis on the short story form. Classes will include short lectures and discussions of outside reading, a weekly writing exercise, and mostly, workshopping of student writing. You will workshop one short story and a revision to it. We will look closely at the process of writing and revision. The goal is to get well on your way toward completing one story while acquiring a better understanding of what you value in fiction and how you go about writing. Ideally this should give you the aesthetic direction you need to continue writing well after the workshop ends.
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About the instructor
MATTHEW SALESSES is the author of the novels The Hundred-Year Flood and I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying. His other books include a collection of essays, Different Racisms, and a novella, The Last Repatriate. He has written for NPR, The New York Times, Salon, The Toast, Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is the fiction editor at The Good Men Project and online fiction editor at Gulf Coast. He received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship, the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction, and the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing, and is currently a PhD candidate in the UH Creative Writing Program.
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