Short Story Collections/Story Cycle - (Master Class AM) - Pam Houston
This class will be for a small group of participants who have finished a draft of a short story collection/story cycle/novel in stories and wish to receive general and particular advice on how to approach the next draft. All participants will be asked to read the finished drafts of the other participants, and to offer detailed compassionate and rigorous feedback on the books in front of us. I will also assign three published books (with varying degrees of story-relatedness) that I would like you to read in advance of the class so that we may have a body of work in common when we begin to discuss the participantsí stories. The short story has always been and will always be my favorite form. It is, I believe, the most honorable form of prose writing, for all the ways it keeps the writer honest, and never lets them forget they are using language. I will be thrilled to spend a week in conversation with six other writers who take the form so seriously.
Pam Houston's most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012, by W.W. Norton. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She is Professor of English at UC Davis, directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers and teaches in The Pacific University low residency MFA program and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.