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Writers Workshops


Course #2017-306
Saturdays Starting September 16 10:00 am–1:00 pm running 10 weeks
Cost: $55 Instructor: Alex McElroy
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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“The art of storytelling,” novelist Robert Coover wrote, “revels in the improbable and the unexpected, even as its focus remains on the real.” Good fiction, we often say, must be believable—but it must also spring from the writer’s imagination. In this class, we will look at the connection between the improbable and the real driving much of modern fiction and storytelling. By reading the work of writers like Alexandra Kleeman, César Aira, Rachel Cusk, Julie Otsuka, George Saunders, and others, we will begin to uncover how writers make the unlikely seem believable and real life repeatedly surprising. Over ten weeks, we will focus on craft aspects like voice, character development, world-building, and dialogue as key components to literary believability—which differs greatly from real life believability. What do these various writers get away with in their fiction? And how can we do the same in our own work? Through a combination of in-class writing exercises, reading discussions, and workshops, we will learn to create fictional stories that astound readers with their unexpected authenticity.

Please Note: Teachers as Writers Workshops are tuition free, but there is a $55.00 nonrefundable registration fee.

About the instructor

ALEX MCELROY’S writing appears in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. He has been a finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the New England Review Emerging Writer’s Award, and a Tin House Workshop Scholarship. His chapbook, Daddy Issues, received the 2016 Editors’ Prize from The Cupboard Pamphlet and will be published fall 2017. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the UH Creative Writing Program, an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow, and a fiction editor at Gulf Coast.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Fall 2017 workshop schedule click here.