This is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.
How do we create memorable characters and/or narrators, not just through story and plot, but through diction, syntax, vocabulary, and rhythm in a short story? What creative choices, on the line and paragraph level can we use to set the tone of a story and make our characters feel like flesh-and-blood people? How might we think about tense and point of view in stories in connection with a character’s or narrator’s voice? Over six weeks, we’ll spend time with stories by Michael Cunningham, Ottessa Moshfegh, Edgar Allen Poe, George Saunders, Edwidge Danticat, Annie Proulx, Amy Hempel, and others—stories that explore these very things, creating unforgettable narrative voices. Through in-class exercises and workshop submissions, we’ll also look for ways to incorporate these techniques into our own creative work and help each other discover ways of making our stories the very best they can become.
About the instructor
PRITHA BHATTACHARYYA is a Bengali-American writer. She is a fiction PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston and an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow. She received her MFA from Boston University, where she was awarded a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship to travel to Osaka, Japan. She has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. She received the 2022 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction and was a finalist for Glimmer Train‘s 2019 Short Story Award for New Writers. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart and appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, Bodega, and elsewhere.
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