(90h in 45 sessions)
A three-month ‘input’ seminar on the basics of writing. We will look closely at character, description, dialogue and setting, as well as other important aspects of fiction writing. We will be reading some of the greatest short story writers, from Chekhov to Munro, and discuss the many approaches to crafting a story. There is no set recipe for the perfect story: each of us is different and has a unique project in mind, therefore this is not a 12-step program, rather a creatively tailored approach to individual writing preferences.
Participants will be given a series of exercises to complete and give feedback on during our sessions. These will be short assignments working with description, character, scene, setting, etc. Everyone expecting feedback is required to offer it to at least two other participants.
We will be discussing our short story ideas, decide on the best approach (theme, protagonist, point of view, etc.) for each story individually and give feedback to our peers. This will be the creative pre-writing phase of our journey. What is your theme? Who is your protagonist? What point of view should you use?
Each participant will be working on their story individually with one-to-one tutor sessions tailored to each specific project. The one-hour consulting sessions with each student will take place once a week. May will be dedicated to close reading and re-writing so that we can each provide feedback to our peers in June. You are expected to have read at least two short stories from the group by June in order to provide feedback.
In-class sessions to discuss our finished stories, talk about the writing itself, our ups and downs throughout the whole process and exchange valuable feedback with our peers.
- Chekhov, Anton and Bartlett, Rosamund (trans.) About Love and Other Stories. (Oxford World’s Classics in OUP, 2004)
- Kafka, Franz. Selected Stories. (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006)
- Munro, Alice. Dear Life.(Chato & Windus, London, 2012)
- O’Brien, Edna. The Love Object. (Little, Brown and Company, NewYork, 2015)
- Paley, Grace. The Collected Stories. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1994)
Additionally mentioned: Selected stories from The New Yorker archives
* We will NOT be reading all of the stories in these collections. It is not required that you purchase any books for this workshop, though all of these titles are recommended as indispensible to any writer.
- Koch, Stephen. Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. (Modern Library – Random House, New York, 2003)
- Morrell, Jessica. Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing. (Writer’s Digest Books, 2006)
- Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer. (HarperCollins, USA, 2006)
- Wood, James. How Fiction Works. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2008)
If you prefer to pay in three separate instalments (378€/trimester – 1134€ total), you can register for the course through this page, but complete your registration in person at Escola Bloom. Note that all three payments will be mandatory and you cannot opt for one-trimester only.