Elements of Style: Fiction Workshop
While we are generally taught to think about the large-scale properties of stories, the most fundamental aspect of fiction, style, often gets short shrift. How do we want to tell our story and what language suits our purposes best? How do we discover and refine a sensibility and voice?
This workshop looks at those granular stylistic choices that make fiction hum. Drawing examples from your writing and published works, we will develop strategies that allow you to return to your own work with fresh eyes and new tools. The class will combine workshopping, outside reading, and hands-on editing to help make ideas as concrete as possible and translate theory into practice. Although this course is open to all writers, it will be most useful to those who have already been working on their own projects.
Please email a piece of writing that you would like us to workshop—a short story or novel excerpt: 5-20 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font—to Dawn Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10.
Greg Jackson is the author of Prodigals: Stories, a collection hailed by the New York Times as “so bold and perceptive that it delivers a contact high.” He is a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was chosen by Granta magazine for its decennial list of Best Young American Novelists. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, and Vice. In 2019 he received the Bard Fiction Prize.