The Blazing Thing: A Fiction Workshop

The Blazing Thing: A Fiction Workshop

Laura van den Berg
Week 1: June 11 to June 16
Time: 1pm-4pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Fiction
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 1 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

In an interview, Steven Millhauser once spoke of “the blazing thing that deserves the name of reality.” In this workshop, each of you will be encouraged to go in search of your own “blazing thing.” In addition, to collective critique on our stories and novel excerpts, the workshop will also offer craft lectures/lessons, discussions of process, and generative exercises, so you depart with new work underway and toward realizing those ambitions. Craft subjects will range form time to mystery to revision, aided by texts from writers including Joy Williams, Helen Oyeyemi, Jhumpa Lahiri, and John Edgar Wideman.

Please email 10-20 double-spaced pages of either a short story or novel excerpt to by May 27. 


LAURA VAN DEN BERG is the author of the novel Find Me and two story collections, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, both finalists for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and an O. Henry Award. She is currently a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Fiction at Harvard.