Master Class - The Art and Craft of the Novel (Master Class - PM) - Les Standiford
The overarching goal is pragmatic: to consider each writer's manuscript and find ways of ensuring that the work is best shaped to reach its intended audience. The class will combine both workshop and a down to earth discussion of the foundations of successful fictional narrative, including a consideration of the necessary structural underpinnings illuminated by reference to the writings of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung as well as the precepts of successful filmic narrative. We will consider such elements as point of view, characterization, time and place, pacing, theme and revision and also discuss how participants can carry the benefits of the week together back to the home workplace.
Les Standiford is the author of 20 novels and works of narrative non-fiction, including the John Deal thriller series and a pair of novels set in the American West: Black Mountain, and Spill, made into a feature film for which he wrote the screenplay. The Man Who Invented Christmas was a New York Times Editors Choice in 2008, and his most recent book, Bringing Adam Home was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Seller. He is the recipient of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction, and fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Arts Council. Last Train to Paradise, the narrative of Gilded Age titan Henry Flagler's building of a railway across the ocean from Miami to Key West, has been the "One Book" selection of twelve county library systems in Florida. He is a graduate of the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing at the University of Utah and a former Screenwriting Fellow and graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He is founding director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami and the former founding director of the creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso.