WRITERS’ BLOC: What Five Master Storytellers Can Teach Us about Writing Fiction, and What We Can Teach Each Other (All Levels - Weeklong PM) - Wally Lamb
In the first hour of each class, we will analyze a work of published fiction, focusing on how and why it works. The second and third hours of each class will be devoted to workshopping students’ own short stories or novel excerpts (up to 20 pp), during which we will offer strategies about how to revise these works by some combination of the following four strategies: adding, cutting, clarifying and re-ordering. Packets of the professional stories will be given to participants prior to each class.
Wally Lamb is the author of four New York Times bestselling novels—Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much is True, and She’s Come Undone. His fifth, We Are Water, is due out in November 2013. Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past thirteen years.