Be demystified from various elements of craft, plot, narration, style, and characterization.

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A generative workshop to compel you to turn away from fancy language and gimmickry to focus on telling the truth about people and events that matter most deeply. Focus on subjects such as obsession, doubt, disequilibrium, romantic yearning, and friendship. Write every day to share our work.

Lectures are intended to demystify various elements of craft, including plot, narration, style, and characterization. Learn by doing, rather than following a set of rules.

This course is sophisticated enough to appeal to experienced writers, including those who have published books, and writers who are starting out. The emphasis is on treating each and every person as a storyteller, in pursuit of the deeper truths within them. Be expected to do a number of quick writing exercises, which will inevitably be the seeds of longer and more sustained projects. The idea isn’t to finish one single piece, but to begin a number of them, and to map out what you feel called to write.



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Instructor: Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times Bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Stories, Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mystery Stories. His journalism and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and Wesleyan University.