02/16 Fiction & The Short Story with William Luvaas
FICTION IN GENERAL & THE SHORT STORY IN PARTICULAR
[borrowed from Rust Hill’s classic book on technique by that name]
This intensive afternoon workshop will focus on writing successful short fiction. We will discuss short story technique, addressing: what a short story is–what differentiates it from other forms–the various kinds of stories, ways to approach writing the short story, character development in short fiction, narrative structure and point of view strategies, voice, economy, and more. We’ll also go over the process of shaping work in revision and touch upon submitting work to magazines, contests and publishing houses. If it is on your mind…we’ll talk about it. Whether you are new to the short story, would like to expand your knowledge, or have a story-in-progress that you want critiqued, this class is suitable for you.
Feel free to bring a story to class (not too long, please). We will workshop as many as we can get to. But it isn’t necessary to bring work.
**SPECIAL EVENT: Please join us for a Reading and Q & A with William Luvaas at 4:30 pm that day.
William Luvaas is an award winning fiction writer and writing instructor. His novels include The Seductions of Natalie Bach (Little, Brown) and Going Under (Putnam)–both out as Ebooks from Foreverland Press. His story collection, A Working Man’s Apocrypha was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His new collection, Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press (Feb. 2013) He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Fiction; his story “Ashes Rain Down” won first place in Glimmer Train’s Winter Fiction Open Contest, “Out There” won first place in The Ledge Magazine’s fiction Competition, and “The Firewood Wars” was Co-Winner of Fiction Network’s Second National Fiction Competition. He has published over 50 stories in many publications, including The American Fiction Anthology, Antioch Review, The Calif. Desert Anthology, Confrontation, Glimmer Train, Grain Mag., North American Review, Paraspheres (anthology), Short Story, Stand Mag., The Sun, Texas Review, Thema, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post Book World. He has taught writing at San Diego State University, UC-Riverside, The Writers Voice in New York, and UCLA’s Writer’s Program.
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