INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Rybeck
TIME: Four Tuesdays, August 7th, August 14th, August 21st, August 28th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, August 2nd: $150 for members, $180 for non-members; After Thursday, August 2nd: $180 for members, $210 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards
#212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers
If you want to be a writer, you need to read like a writer. This fact—which might seem obvious—eludes people more often than you would think. In this workshop, we will hone our writing skills by learning how authors influence a reader through choices of structure and style to truly understand how fine pieces of literary fiction (for our purposes, short stories exclusively) have been crafted. Yes, craft—this is the key word of the workshop, and to study craft, we will read the contemporary masters of the literary short story (including Charles D'Ambrosio, Mary Gaitskill, and Alice Munro). No genre fiction here—only authors who dig into the rich details of the real world, proving that a writer doesn't have to have wizards or aliens or serial killers to tell exciting stories.In the workshop, we will examine elements of craft that are central to successful literary fiction, such as tone, voice, lyricism, and character emotion. By applying this expanded knowledge to our own writing during supportive and respectful group critique sessions, we will learn how to write literary fiction that’s as gripping as a good thriller—a story that makes your reader keep turning the pages, desperate to learn how it all ends.