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Writers Workshops

Fiction/In-person 2024-110

Course #Fiction/In-person 2024-109
Saturdays Starting June 1 9:00 am–12:00 pm running 4 weeks
Cost: $210 Instructor: Scott Repass

Where

Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

This is an in-person workshop that takes place at Inprint House.

 The (Short) Road Trip: A Generative Workshop

The Road Trip is one of the oldest tropes in literature – there is something that is probably fundamental to our nature that is drawn to stories about heroes setting out on quests, returning in triumph, or escaping to a new life. Think of Odysseus, Huck Finn, Peewee Herman. The Road Trip can provide stories with structure, conflict, and desire.

Using the short stories “Work” by Denis Johnson and “Pretty Ice” by Mary Robison as our roadmaps, we will discuss certain elements of fiction craft.  Each week, I will provide generative exercises, based on class discussions. The exercises together are meant to combine to form a rough draft of a story. In other words, if all goes well, by the end of the course, you will have a first draft of something new.

All styles and genres are welcome. We will read from our exercises each week and provide each other oral feedback. I will provide PDFs of craft essays and short stories for optional further reading.

About the Instructor

SCOTT REPASS has been a bar owner, a bartender, an actor, a carpenter, and a barista. He is an MFA candidate in fiction in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He has a Master of Liberal Studies degree from City University of New York and wrote his master’s thesis on body-switching movies. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Film Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, Houston and Nomadic Voices, The Heartland Review, Fort Necessity, and elsewhere. His novel, Last Call Lounge (written under the pen name Stuart Spears), was co-winner of the 2012 Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest. Scott currently lives in Houston, where he and his wife own Poison Girl, the best bar on the planet.