What kind of stories do you want to tell, and what is the best way of telling them? Open to writers of all levels, this seven-week workshop will allow you to experiment with and develop your own writing, with an eye to generating stories that are efficient, loaded, and urgent. We’ll read and discuss one another’s short fiction as well as the work of authors like Joy Williams, George Saunders, Octavia Butler, and Lydia Davis. Whether your work is realistic or fantastical, you’ll leave the class with a better grasp of the craft necessary to hook your readers and keep them reading by making the world of your story engrossing and real. Expect an open and supportive environment in which to explore your interests and obsessions and to give and receive feedback on work in progress. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop their own writing twice.
Olivia Parkes is a British-American writer and artist based in Berlin. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, Zyzzyva, and The Masters Review, among other publications. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2021 and is the recipient of fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Dorothea Konwiarz Stiftung, and the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin.
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