Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates.
A private conference with the instructor is included.
This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.
Begins: March 4, 2019
Day/ Time: Mondays 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Josh Rolnick
Location: Park Slope
Josh Rolnick’s debut short story collection, Pulp and Paper, was the recipient of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li. His stories have also won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize, and have been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and Storyville. Rolnick was a 2012 writer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution, and he has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the Patient Voice Project. He currently serves as fiction editor of Unstuck, a literary annual based in Austin, Texas, and publisher of Sh’ma, a journal of Jewish ideas. Rolnick holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.