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Tuesdays, Jul 14 - Jul 14
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

(class meets bi-weekly for 4 meetings)
Genre: Fiction  Writers Craft 
  • Summer 2020
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Room: Zoom Room 2


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A Deep Dive Into Craft: Cheating the MFA

This craft class will consist of four seminars structured around four literary novels/novellas read prior to the respective class. We will dissect these novels to learn how the author utilized certain literary tools, and then we’ll apply what we’ve learned to in-class writing exercises meant to supplement our ongoing writing projects. The four books we’ll read are Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Topics we will be focusing on are character development, setting, plot, style, POV, etc. This class is meant to be intensive, but accessible. It’s intended for students who want to elevate their prose, master the sentence, step outside genres and tackle complex themes, but are unable to pursue programs like the MFA for a myriad of life reasons such as timing, family, work and finances.

Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

  • July 14

Teacher: Michelle Ross

Prerequisite: Open to: writers with some fiction workshop experience.