Tuesdays, Mar 10 - Apr 21
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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 <em>Breakfast at Tiffany’s</em> by Truman Capote, <em>Rebecca</em> by Daphne Du Maurier, <em>Dept. of Speculation</em> by Jenny Offill and <em>Giovanni’s Room</em> 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.