The Blazing Thing: A Fiction Workshop
In an interview, Stephen 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 workshop critique, the class will offer craft lectures and lessons; discussions about process and practice; and generative exercises, so you depart with new work underway and a sharper understanding of your ambitions as a writer—and how to move towards realizing those ambitions. Craft subjects will range from time to imagination to the use of objects, aided by writers such as Julio Cortázar, Edwidge Danticat, Alexander Chee, and Tania James.
Laura van den Berg is the author of two short story collections and two novels, most recently The Third Hotel. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an O. Henry Award. Born and raised in Florida, Laura currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard.