2014 Workshops and Faculty

Registration opens December 2, 2013 - click here to get to online registration

Participants will be informed of their acceptance by mid-January, 2014.

Novel (Master Class - AM) - John Dufresne

This is a course designed, obviously, for those who are interested in exploring the art and craft of fiction.  In part, a large part, the course will function as a writing workshop in which student work-in-progress will be read and discussed.  Critical reading is as important as creative writing in a workshop.  Good fiction writers are almost always strong critics.  One cannot be a writer without first being a reader.  The aim of the workshop discussions is to enable the writers to improve their work with the editorial and critical assistance of the readers.  Our goal is to help the novel in question to be the best novel it can be.  In addition to the workshop discussions, we’ll do writing exercises in class, and we’ll talk about various narrative techniques, such as plot, characterization, point of view and setting.  We’ll also be looking at the structure of the novel itself, at what a novel can be and what it ought not to be.  We’ll discuss the novel as a time machine, as a clock and a calendar.  We’ll talk about presentation and trajectory in novel writing.  And we’ll also discuss the practical matters of writing and marketing novels.  And we’ll discuss the writing process, the habit of writing.  

Link to Instructor letter

This class tends to fill within the first weeks of registration opening. John chooses mss. based on how the class will coalesce. Master classes only offer six spaces. In the past, participants who signed up for another class have been able to make contact with John during the Conference and discussed the opportunity of working with him another year. If you do not make it in this year, this may be a way to get into the pool for the next year.

John Dufresne
John Dufresne - photo credit Elizabeth Kortlander

John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad,and the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and Requiem, Mass. His books on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? are used in many university writing programs. He’s the editor of the anthology Blue Christmas. His short stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories, in 2007 and 2010. His play Trailerville was produced at the Blue Heron Theater in New York in 2005. He’s a professor at Florida International University in Miami. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction. His new novel is No Regrets, Coyote.