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Writers Workshops

Stories that Contain a Lifetime – Online 2021-505

Course #2021-505
Tuesdays Starting September 28 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks skipping Tuesday, November 2
Cost: $240 Instructor: Pritha Bhattacharyya

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

A Fiction Workshop

How can short stories not only capture a single moment or event, but months, years, or even generations? What techniques can we use as fiction writers to show the passage of time or even to jump among time periods in a short space? How can we develop flesh-and-blood characters who show real, developmental change within a story, to the point where readers get to know who they were in their past or how they might evolve in their futures? Over six weeks, we’ll spend time with stories by James Baldwin, Annie Proulx, Tobias Wolff, James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, Jenny Zhang, George Saunders, and others—stories that exemplify these very things. 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 fiction writer, teacher, and reader. She is a fiction PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where she is currently an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow and an Assistant Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast. She received her MFA from Boston University, where she was awarded the Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship to travel to Osaka, Japan. Her work appears or is forthcoming in EcotoneNinth Letter, Nashville Review, Bodega, RHINO, Apogee Journal, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2019 Short Story Award for New Writers. Her work has been recognized by and received support from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Please note that the registration fee and tuition for online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings, click here