This seven week course will provide a creative jolt, an invigorating atmosphere designed to get you writing a number of very short fictions. The goal here is simple: literary production, with a premium placed on precision, brevity, and formal invention. We’ll look to classic and contemporary fiction for inspiration; we’ll also dive deep into myths, folktales, and parables. Although the course will be fiction focused, writers of creative nonfiction, micro essays, prose poetry (and everything in between) are all welcome. Please note that class time will be devoted to workshop and craft discussion—students should be prepared to compose 1-3 pages per week on their own. IN THIS FACTORY the workers unite and then WRITE WRITE WRITE.
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Michael Jeffrey Lee’s first collection, Something in My Eye, received the Mary McCarthy Prize and was published by Sarabande. His stories have appeared in N+1, BOMB, The Southern Review, and The Rupture, among others. He has taught fiction at Tulane University, the University of Louisiana, and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). He was the recipient of the Yale Educator Award for his work at NOCCA. He is also the vocalist for Budokan Boys, who are part of this year’s SHAPE Platform.